OSHA extends temporary enforcement measures in residential construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will extend for six months its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction. The measures, extended through Sept. 15, include priority, free on-site compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, measures to ensure consistency and increased outreach. Fatalities from falls are the No. 1 cause of workplace deaths in construction.

NRCA previously had voiced its opposition to OSHA’s regulatory directive, believing it will hinder rather than improve workplace safety and make it more difficult for roofing contractors to operate their businesses. NRCA also had urged OSHA officials to delay enforcement of the directive indefinitely while it works with the roofing industry to resolve roofing contractors’ many concerns. To view a Special Report regarding NRCA’s opposition to the directive, click here.

During the past year, OSHA has conducted more than 1,000 outreach sessions across the U.S. to help employers comply with the new directive, which can be viewed by clicking here. OSHA will continue to work with employers to ensure a clear understanding of the new policy and facilitate compliance.

To view OSHA’s temporary enforcement measures, click here. To view fact sheets, PowerPoint and slide presentations, and other educational materials,click here.

A variety of educational and training materials to help employers with compliance can be found at www.osha.gov.