OSHA's Marthe Kent Gets the First Plain Language AwardVice President Gore gave the first No Gobbledygook plain language award to Marthe Kent of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on June 30 in the White House. Kent, Director of Regulatory Analysis, received the award for an upcoming OSHA regulation on dip tanks.
"Reviewing and rewriting government language is another step toward reinventing our government so that it better communicates with the American people," the Vice President said.
Here's the section of the old and new regulation the Vice President read as part of the ceremony.
1910(94(d) (1) General.
(i) This paragraph applies to all operations involving the immersion of materials in liquids, or in the vapors of such liquids, for the purpose of cleaning or altering the surface or adding to or imparting a finish thereto or changing the character of the materials, and their subsequent removal form the liquid or vapor, draining, and drying. These operations include washing, electroplating, anodizing, pickling, quenching, dyeing, dipping, tanning, dressing, bleaching, degreasing, alkaline cleaning, striping, rinsing, digesting, and other similar operations.
(a) When does this rule apply
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