Tag Archives: OSHA Rulemaking

OSHA to Hold Teleconferences on MSD Column Rule

OSHA announced today that it will be holding a series of three teleconferences, in partnership with the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, on OSHA’s proposed musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) column rule.  The teleconferences are designed to provide small businesses the opportunity to weigh-in on "their experiences in recording work-related MSDs and how they believe the proposed rule would … 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 Temporarily Withdraws MSD Column Rule From OMB Review

The Department of Labor has just announced that OSHA is temporarily withdrawing from review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its proposed rule to restore a column for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on employer injury and illness logs. The rule, originally proposed last year, would have required employers to “check a box” in a separate column on the … 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

OMB Extends Review of OSHA’s MSD Column Rule

In a surprise and rare move, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has extended its review of OSHA’s Occupational Injury Recording and Reporting Requirements Rule — Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Column.  The rule, originally proposed this year, would require employers to “check a box” in a separate column on the OSHA 300 log – an “MSD” … Continue Reading

OSHA Looking to Change Popular On-Site Consultation Program

OSHA has proposed to make significant changes to its On-site Consultation program.  This popular program, in OSHA’s own words, "provides well-trained professional safety and health personnel, at no cost and upon request of an employer, to conduct worksite visits to identify occupational hazards and provide advice on compliance with OSHA regulations and standards."  Consultation services are provided through cooperative agreements between … Continue Reading

Special Report on OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction Final Rule

Now that OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule has been "officially" published in the Federal Register, employers must start the painstaking task of crawling through all of the new requirements and making sure their policies and procedures are fully compliant.  The vast majority of the rule’s new requirements take effect on November 8, 2010, so that leaves … Continue Reading

OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda Picking Up Steam

After issuing a flurry of new enforcement initiatives earlier in the year, such as the Severe Violator Enforcement Program and its memorandum administratively increasing civil penalties, OSHA seems to have shifted its focus a little back toward its regulatory program.  OSHA rulemaking often proceeds at a glacial pace, but in the last few months the Agency has issued two significant … 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 Proposes Changes to Rules Governing Slips, Trips, and Falls in General Industry

OSHA has published a proposed rule that would revise requirements governing the prevention of slips, trips, and falls in general industry workplaces.  OSHA’s "Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems)" proposed rule impacts virtually every general industry workplace in the country.  Slips, trips, and falls are one of the leading causes of OSHA recordable … Continue Reading

OSHA Extends Deadline for Submitting Comments on MSD Rule by 15 Days

OSHA has just announced that it is extending by 15 days the public comment period for its proposal to add a separate column on the OSHA 300 log for employers to record work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).  Those wishing to comment on the proposed rule must now do so by March 30, 2010.  Four separate stakeholders had requested an extension … 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: A Review of 2009

In 2009, OSHA emerged from the regulatory and enforcement shell that had shrouded it during the eight years of the Bush Administration. Once confirmed, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced that a “new Sheriff” was in town, who would refocus the Department of Labor – including OSHA – on tough enforcement and aggressive rulemaking. In both areas, OSHA … Continue Reading

OSHA Announces Informal Public Hearings on its Hazard Communication Proposed Rule

In a December 29, 2009 Federal Register notice, OSHA has announced three informal public hearings on its proposal to update its hazard communication standard. The hearings will begin at 9:30 am on the following dates: March 2, 2010 in Washington, DC; March 31, 2010 in Pittsburgh, PA; and April 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. OSHA’s … 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 Proposes Major Changes to its Hazard Communication Standard

In one of the most significant rulemaking efforts in over a decade, OSHA is proposing to revise its hazard communication standard to align it with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). If finalized, the rule would affect over 5 million business establishments across the country and potentially over 120 … Continue Reading

OSHA’s Combustible Dust ANPR to be Issued Soon

OSHA’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on combustible dust should be published soon in the Federal Register. The ANPR is currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget, the final step in the intergovernmental review process. Employers with combustible dust hazards in their worksites are encouraged to participate in the rulemaking process. Combustible dusts … Continue Reading

OSHA Issues Final Rule Updating PPE Standards

In a move widely applauded by both employer and employee groups, OSHA has updated its general industry and maritime personal protective equipment (PPE) standards to specifically allow the use of certain PPE designed according to current national consensus standards. OSHA’s final rule, “Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards; Personal Protective Equipment,” will bring greater … Continue Reading

OSHA Soon to Issue Hazard Communication Proposal

OSHA’s Hazard Communication/Globally Harmonized System proposed rule has been cleared by the Office of Management and Budget, paving the way for the agency to publish it for public comment. The proposed rule has been in the works for several years and the Obama Administration has made finalizing it a priority. If finalized, the proposed rule could significantly … Continue Reading