In a communication dated April 18, 1973 to CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazine, Mr. Chain Robbins, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor, U. S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, offered the following comments regarding an article titled "Bothered by OSHA?" which appeared of page 601 of the December 1972 issue of the magazine. Mr. Robbins' comments refer specifically, item by item, to the contents of two boxed areas accompanying the article and titled "Troubles with OSHA" and "What Can Be Done About OSHA Itself?" the comments could be of interest and help to many of our readers. We quote: "OSHA's standards are necessarily voluminous since they must cover the hazards in five million workplaces. The standards are continually screened to eliminate ambiguities and to revise or delete standards that do not directly to employee safety and health. More than 100 such revisions were issued in 1972 under this process. Full compliance is possible. In fact, 33 percent of establishments inspected during the period July 1971 through February 1973 were found by OSHA inspectors to be in compliance with our standards." "The administration of OSHA does not deny due process of law. Full safeguards were written into the Act by Congress. Although OSHA sets standards, only the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, a separate and totally independent agency, is empowered to impose penalties for noncompliance with OSHA standards. After an inspection, OSHA issues citations that allege violations, and issues proposed penalties and abatement periods. Employers who disagree with OSHA findings, or with proposed penalties or abatements periods, may contest them to the Review Commission within 15 working days of receipt of the citation. OSHA citations and penalties are deemed to be a final order of the Review Commission whenever an employer chooses not to exercise his right to appeal. It is interesting to note that less then five percent of employers inspected to date have contested our findings."