Tag Archives: Construction

OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda Shifts

On November 26, 2013 the full semiannual regulatory agenda for federal agencies was published.  This Regulatory Agenda provides a complete list of all regulatory actions that are under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review and covers regulatory actions for over 60 federal departments, agencies, and commissions. In the current Unified Agenda the Department of … Continue Reading

OSHA’s Comprehensive Silica Proposed Rule Expected Soon

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposal to comprehensively regulate silica (quartz) in general industry, maritime, and construction is anticipated by Labor Day. Publication of the proposal to extensively regulate one of the most common minerals on Earth, like arsenic and lead, will trigger a public comment period and hearings.   The proposed rule, which … Continue Reading

OSHA Enforcement Directive on Fall Protection in Residential Construction to Take Effect

An OSHA compliance directive requiring contractors performing residential construction comply with the residential fall protection standard will take effect as scheduled on June 16, 2011. The Standard (29 C.F.R. § 1926.501(b)(13), Duty to Have Fall Protection) generally requires that guardrails, safety nets or personal fall arrest systems be used on residential jobsites that are more than six … Continue Reading

OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks In Construction Final Rule Clears OMB

OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule has just cleared the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), setting the stage for this important rule to be published within the next few weeks. As previously discussed in this space, this final rule has been several years in the making.  The proposal contained over 40 separate sections … Continue Reading

OSHA Launching Construction Safety Initiative in Texas

Citing the high number of construction fatalities in Texas, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced recently that OSHA will start a new enforcement initiative targeting the construction industry in that state. Secretary Solis made the announcement in San Antonio at the annual conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Construction employers in Texas should take note … Continue Reading
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