Bill to Simplify OSHA Language Introduced
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does its best to try and provide a safe and healthy working environment, but reading and interpreting OSHA regulations can be a little frustrating. Once you dig into the details, the jargon and detailed information can be even more confusing!
One member of congress sees an opportunity to make it easier for businesses to understand the regulations they must comply with.
On January 18, 2012, Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley introduced the Plain Regulations Act (H.R. 3786). This bill is intended to improve the effectiveness and accountability of Federal agencies like OSHA to the public by promoting clear regulations that are easier for the government to implement and for the public to interpret.
"Gobbledygook dominates the regulations issued by government agencies, making it almost impossible for small businesses to understand the rules of the road." Braley states in a recent press release. “The Plain Regulations Act would simplify rules, saving small businesses time and freeing up money that can be better used investing in growing the business and creating jobs.”
Simplifying and condensing OSHA standards makes a lot of sense. Not only will it reduce the amount of time and money required to decipher the cryptic language in standards today, it also will increase comprehension of violations and the necessary steps required to comply with OSHA regulations.
OSHA has recognized that some of their regulations are a bit long-winded. In their most recent update to a new Hazard Classification System, they reduced the amount of text in virtually every section, adding additional appendices where information that is more detailed is necessary.
If the Plain Regulation Act passes, you will see more and more standards mandated by OSHA and other federal agencies simplified.
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