WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the release of a final rule that streamlines and simplifies standards while reducing employer burdens. 

OSHA said the published rule will help keep its standards up-to-date and better enable employers to comply with their regulatory obligations.

"The final rule is the third in OSHA's Standards Improvement Projects initiative that periodically reviews OSHA regulations with the goal of improving and eliminating those that are confusing, outdated, duplicative or inconsistent," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "OSHA estimates that the final rule, without reducing employee protection, will result in annual cost savings to employers exceeding $43 million and significant reductions in paperwork burden hours."

Posted by Rich Christianson

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