OSHA is claiming they are on target for a new confined space standard for construction to be released as a proposed standard in November 2011. The original proposed standard in 2009 was quite cumbersome and difficult to follow in my opinion. I submitted comments to Federal OSHA as a Safety Professional and also as a Lieutenant Firefighter. That standard would have cost companies a large amount of money to have a rescue team on site, like we provide. From the fire side, it put the burden on the employer to notify the fire department and evaluate their ability to even provide a confined space rescue, just as it should be! I am anxious to see the revised proposed standard that OSHA intends to release and am trying to get a copy of it for review and comments. I expect that with the recent cuts that the standard will not make it out in 2011, but we will have to see……stay tuned!