OSHA Publishes Confined Spaces In Construction Final Rule for Inspection

From Glenn Narrow:

Hello Roundtable folks,

OSHA added, the long anticipated, new construction subpart to provide protections to employees working in confined spaces. This new subpart replaces OSHA’s single training requirement for confined space work with a comprehensive standard that includes a permit program designed to protect employees from exposure to many hazards associated with work in confined spaces, including atmospheric and physical hazards. The final rule is similar in content and organization to the general industry confined spaces standard, but also incorporates several provisions from the proposed rule to address construction-specific hazards, accounts for advancements in technology, and improves enforceability of the requirements.

PS if ya plan to print this link caution it is 177 pages long.


Please note new MA Roundtable website is CSREM.org (only difference between old site and new site is we dropped the hyphen/dash).


From Kimberly Stile, Regional Administrator, USDOL – OSHA Region 1:

The Confined Spaces in Construction Final Rule has been posted for inspection by the Federal Register and will appear in the Federal Register on Monday, hopefully.  The link to the posted version is: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/05/04/2015-08843/confined-spaces-in-construction .

Updated Links from the April 14 Meeting

From Glenn Narrow:

Hello Roundtable folks,
Our appreciation is expressed to both Sarah and Mike of MassDEP for their presentations of MassDEP Asbestos Regulations. Please find weblink to MassDEP asbestos website. At the bottom you’ll also find link to Mike’s power point as presented at our April 14th meeting.

Also, our appreciation is expressed to Brian of MassDLS for his presentation of MassDLS Asbestos Regulations.Please find attached Brian’s power point in pdf format as presented at our April 14th meeting.



Updated links from Mike Elliott:
As you requested, I am providing the link to the MassDEP asbestos website. There you will find a link to the revised MassDEP regulation under the heading “MassDEP Regulations, Policies and Guidance.” And as the title suggests, you will also find useful guidance documents such as a Fact Sheet summarizing the revised regulation.

Within the revised regulation, Section 10 specifically covers the “Requirements for the Removal of Asbestos-containing Asphaltic Roofing and Siding Materials.” This statutory language replaces the former 1996 guidance policy of a similar title. Contrary to the old “carve-out” there is no longer any notification exemption for roofing material that contains 1% or more asbestos, but if you follow the prescribed work practices, which I’m told are the same as they have always been, then you can dispose of the waste roofing material in any solid waste landfill permitted to accept C&D waste.

At the bottom of the MassDEP asbestos website, you’ll also find links to the DLS asbestos regulatory program and the DLS asbestos license lists.


PowerPoint from Brian:

Thank you again for inviting me to speak to your group. I hope that I was able to provide some useful information for them! Attached is a PDF of my presentation. Please feel free to forward to your members. Construction Safety Roundtable Meeting 4-14-2015