OSHA has issued a Request for Information to initiate the fourth phase of its Standard Improvement Project (SIP). The purpose of SIP-IV is to improve and streamline existing OSHA construction standards by removing or revising requirements that are confusing or outdated or that duplicate, or are inconsistent with, other standards. The agency is inviting employers, employees and other members of the public to submit recommendations for revisions to existing construction standards and the rationale for their recommendations.

OSHA began the SIP rulemaking process in 1996 in response to a presidential memorandum to improve government regulation. The purpose of the regulatory review is to reduce regulatory burden while maintaining or enhancing workers' safety and health. OSHA published the first SIP rule in 1998, and two more rules in 2005 and 2011. OSHA will review public comments submitted to this request to determine the need for, and the content of, any subsequent SIP-IV rulemaking.

Individuals may submit comments electronically via the Federal eRulemaking portal . Comments may also be submitted by fax or mail. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments must be submitted by Feb 4, 2013.