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Temporary enforcement measures in residential construction given extension

On February 15, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a six-month extension for its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction.

The measures have been extended through September 15, 2012. During this time, OSHA will continue to place a high priority on compliance assistance for residential fall protection, including increased outreach and penalty reductions to help employers understand and comply with the new standards. OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialists (CASs) are responding promptly to requests for on-site assistance.

The extension of the temporary measures also includes abatement extension dates and consistency measures.

"Over the past year, OSHA has worked closely with the industry, conducting over 1,000 outreach sessions nationwide to assist employers in complying with the new directive," OSHA said in a statement. "OSHA will continue to work with employers to ensure a clear understanding of, and to facilitate compliance with, the new policy."

OSHA provides several resources that help employers ensure compliance. Easy-to-read fact sheets, PowerPoint presentations, and other materials written specifically for fall protection in residential construction are readily available at OSHA's Fall Protection in Residential Construction page. 

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