Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 1. Montana Occupational Safety and Health Act

Rulemaking -- Variances

50-71-114. Rulemaking -- variances. (1) The department may adopt appropriate standards for safety and health by administrative rule, including:

(a) any safety or health regulations promulgated by the federal occupational safety and health administration; and

(b) standards that are not inconsistent with federal safety and health regulation but that provide for a greater level of protection for employees.

(2) The department may adopt other rules that are reasonably necessary to implement this part.

(3) (a) The department may by rule:

(i) provide a procedure to grant a temporary variance from the particular provisions of a standard; and

(ii) permit the temporary use of other or different devices or methods than provided by the standard.

(b) A temporary variance may be granted only if the public sector employer:

(i) has an effective program for complying with the standard as quickly as is practicable;

(ii) is taking all available steps to safeguard public sector employees against the hazards covered by the standard; and

(iii) is unable to comply with the standard because:

(A) professional or technical personnel needed to implement compliance with the standard are temporarily unavailable;

(B) material or equipment needed to comply with the standard is temporarily unavailable; or

(C) necessary construction or alteration of facilities cannot be completed by the effective date of the standard.

History: En. Sec. 4, Ch. 27, L. 2009.