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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

Construction Employers: What to Expect in 2013!

With the election right around the corner, many employers are starting to speculate about what OSHA initiatives might be coming down the pike in 2013.  Click here for an interesting article examining possible initiatives for 2013 for the construction industry.

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 to Publish Cranes and Derricks Rule Soon

OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule is currently under review at the Office of Management and Budget.  The rule was received by OMB on April 9, 2010, which means that OSHA could publish the rule by the end of July.  Construction employers who use cranes in their operations must prepare for what is sure to be… 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