Variance from OSHA Standards
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 establishes numerous health and safety regulations and standards with which the University must comply. The writers of the legislation recognized that there would be situations where it would be most difficult, and perhaps impossible, to comply with the letter of the law and, therefore, provided in the legislation a variance procedure which, after approval by the Department of Labor, permits exceptions to specific rules and regulations. Approval requires that the employer demonstrate that equivalent safety is provided.
The Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (now ESRM) reviewed the variance procedure. The Committee noted that the established procedure is cumbersome and time-consuming, requiring the submission of substantial documentation, the arrangement and conduct of public hearings, and other various and sundry legal proceedings. Consequently, it was the Committee's opinion that the variance procedure is of limited value and applicability to everyday University operations. It appears that in most instances it would be simpler, less time-consuming and probably desirable to achieve compliance with the standard or regulation than to seek a variance from it. At the same time, the Committee recognized there may be instances where an individual researcher or department may find it desirable, indeed necessary, to apply for a variance from a particular requirement or standard.
The Committee established a University procedure for all variance applications and requests.
Adopted October 24, 1973 by COSH (now ESRM)
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