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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

OMB Extends Review of OSHA’s Proposed Silica Rule

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has announced that it is extending its review period for OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica rule.  The proposal was received by OMB on February 14, 2011.  This extension follows the recent pattern of OMB taking longer than the standard 90 days to review OSHA rules under Executive Order 12866.  Notably, last… Continue Reading

OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule At OMB For Review

OSHA is a step closer to publishing a proposed rule regulating crystalline silica exposure in general industry, construction, and maritime.  OSHA’s proposal has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review under Executive Order 12866.  This is the final internal review before the proposal gets published in the Federal Register and signals that… Continue Reading

OSHA Releases Fall Regulatory Agenda

On December 20, 2010, OSHA released its fall regulatory agenda, which sets forth the Agency’s current rulemaking priorities.  Over the last several months OSHA has been emphasizing the need to push forward on several regulatory inititatives.  OSHA rulemaking, however, can be painstakingly slow, and OSHA’s fall regulatory agenda reflects that. Of particular note, the issuance of a… Continue Reading

OSHA in 2010: What to Expect!

In mid-December 2009, Professor David Michaels was sworn in as the new Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA.  Shortly after being sworn in as Assistant Secretary, Professor Michaels gave an interesting speech at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Going Green Workshop.  The speech was entitled “Making Green Jobs Safe: Integrating Occupational Safety and… Continue Reading

OSHA Releases Fall Regulatory Agenda: Focus is on Musculoskeletal Disorders and Airborne Infectious Diseases

OSHA has released its long-awaited Fall Regulatory Agenda.  The Regulatory Agenda lists the major rulemaking initiatives that the agency will be pursuing over the next 12 months.  The Agenda also provides a snapshot into the agency’s priorities, as we enter the second year of the administration of President Obama. Longstanding Rulemakings Remain on the Agenda Most… Continue Reading

OSHA Issues Comprehensive Guidance on Silica in Construction

In a harbinger of things to come, OSHA recently released comprehensive guidance on controlling silica exposures in construction.  The document is over 70 pages and details control methods for a variety of operations in construction, including: Stationary masonry saws Handheld masonry saws Hand-operated grinders Tuckpointing/mortar removal Jackhammers Rotary hammers and similar tools Vehicle-mounted rock drilling… Continue Reading