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
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
I am very pleased to announce that the OSHA Law Blog has been nominated as a “Best Construction Blog” by the publisher of North Carolina Construction News. We need your help! If you’re a fan of the OSHA Law Blog, please vote for us by clicking here. You will need to scroll about ¾ of… Continue Reading
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to inspect at least 1,260 establishments under its site-specific targeting (“SST”) program for 2013. Details are here.
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.
Click here for an interesting article from Construction Executive magazine on the OSHA landscape as it relates to the construction industry.
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 final rule on Cranes and Derricks in Construction has been issued. Click here to view the document. As we review the document further, we will provide additional information on the new requirements.
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’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
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