OSHA Regulatory Agenda Update - Compliance Digest

January 12, 2018

In this edition of the Compliance Digest, we provide a summary of OSHA’s regulatory agenda based on the U.S. federal government’s semiannual regulatory update.

Department of Labor – Agency Rule List – Fall 2017

Last month, the U.S. federal government released its fall 2017 regulatory agenda. The regulatory plan and agenda is published twice a year. It identifies regulatory priorities and contains additional details about the most significant regulatory actions that agencies expect in the next 6-12 months.

In this post, we highlight the important OSHA and MSHA regulations that are part of the Department of Labor’s rules list. The agenda includes 16 OSHA regulations and 5 MSHA regulations, but we only include the most important ones in this post. Check out the full list for all regulations. Regulation Identifier Numbers (RIN) and links are also provided.

Regulations in the Pre-Rule Stage

The following OSHA regulations are in the pre-rule stage:

  • Communication Tower Safety 1218-AC90
  • Powered Industrial Trucks 1218-AC99
  • Lock-Out/Tag-Out Update 1218-AD00
    • Recent technological advancements that use computer-based controls of hazardous energy conflict with OSHA’s existing lock-out/tag-out standard. The agency may hold a stakeholder meeting and open a public docket to explore the issue.

Regulations in the Proposed Rule Stage

The following OSHA regulations are in the proposed rule stage:

Regulations in the Final Rule Stage

The following OSHA and MSHA regulations are in the final rule stage:

  • Occupational Exposure to Beryllium 1218-AB76
    • OSHA proposes to revoke the ancillary provisions applicable to the construction and shipyard sectors, but retain the new lower exposure limits.
  • Rules of Agency Practice and Procedure Concerning OSHA Access to Employee Medical Records 1218-AC95
  • Crane Operator Qualification in Construction 1218-AC96
  • Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses 1218-AD16
    • OSHA had extended the deadline to submit 2016 Form 300A data to December 31, 2017.
  • Examination of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines 1219-AB87
    • MSHA proposes to amend the agency’s final rule on examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines that was published in January 2017.

For more information, see the full Fall 2017 Agency Rule List for the Department of Labor.

Finally, note that dates provided in the regulatory agenda, as well as the status of regulations, are subject to change. The information provided by the Department of Labor should not be viewed as a commitment, but as a general indication of where things stand and where they are headed.

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