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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AB40 Publication ID: Spring 1997 
Title: Abatement Verification (Hazard Correction) 
Abstract: A critical element of OSHA's comprehensive enforcement strategy under the Occupational Safety and Health Act is assurance that employers have abated cited hazards. A May 1991, General Accounting Office report entitled, "Options to Improve Hazard-Abatement Procedures in the Workplace," pointed out deficiencies in OSHA's abatement verification procedures and how they could be improved. The Department of Labor Inspector General, as well as OSHA's internal audits, also identified similar problems. Currently, unless an employer voluntarily complies with OSHA's request to submit documentation, OSHA has no regulation to require employers to submit proof of hazard abatement. From 1972 to the present, OSHA has implemented several administrative measures to induce employers to provide abatement documentation, but at least 30 percent of cited employers still do not voluntarily do so. OSHA's April 19, 1994, proposal (29 FR 18508) would require cited employers to provide hazard abatement documentations. The NPRM addressed the kinds of evidence to be required, what notice to employees is needed, certification forms for compliance, and other questions. Work on the final regulation is continuing. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1903   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 657    29 USC 658    5 USC 553   
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/19/1994  59 FR 18508   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/18/1994    
Final Action  04/00/1997    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Raymond E. Donnelly
Director, General Industry Compliance Assistance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N3119, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-6100