NAHB, OSHA Settle Litigation on Confined Spaces Rule

After months of negotiation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), NAHB finally reached a settlement agreement that resolves the association’s legal challenge to the agency’s Confined Spaces in Construction final rule.

In general, the settlement clarifies that the rule has very limited application in the residential home building industry. The Q&A defines “residential home building” or “residential home construction” as work on any residence being built using traditional wood frame construction materials, methods and procedures that are typical to single-family home or townhouse construction. Work on multifamily residences may also be considered “residential home building” or “residential home construction” provided that the work similarly meets this criteria…read more

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