Regulating Work in Confined Spaces
Publication Date: January 2009
Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)
Author(s): N. Mike Helvacian
Keywords: construction; confined spaces; OSHA; work regulations
Coverage: United States
Since its inception in 1970, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been criticized for imposing large costs on businesses while producing only minimal improvements in workplace safety. OSHA is now required to show that the benefits of a proposed regulation outweigh the costs of complying with it. However, OSHA's cost-benefit analysis is often flawed.