- When OSHA promulgates a new or revised health or safety standard, they go through a long process by where they draft the proposed standard, publish it in the Federal Register as a Proposed Rule, and allow a period of time for stakeholders to comment on the proposed rule. After considering all the input provided by the stakeholders, OSHA will tweak the draft standard and then publish it in the Federal Register as a Final Rule, along with a wealth of other information gathered during the process. This gathered information is provided as a “preamble” to the regulation.
Letters of Interpretation
- Letters of Interpretation are OSHA’s official responses to written questions about compliance with the agency’s requirements. (Note that OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards, and regulations. OSHA’s interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they don’t create additional employer obligations.)
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- NFPA 70E