OSHA officially announced a final rule May 1, establishing updated guidelines regarding construction work in confined spaces. According to a press release:

The rule will provide construction workers with protections similar to those manufacturing and general industry workers have had for more than two decades, with some differences tailored to the construction industry. These include requirements to ensure that multiple employers share vital safety information and to continuously monitor hazards — a safety option made possible by technological advances after the manufacturing and general industry standards were created.

Dean McKenzie, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Construction, discussed the new policies recently at the 2015 Remodeling Leadership Conference in Arlington, Va.