OSHA Regulatory Agenda Update (July 2017) - Weekly Compliance Digest

August 04, 2017
By Jean-Grégoire Manoukian

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

Current Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

Last month, the U.S. federal government published its semiannual regulatory agenda. The regulatory agenda lists all regulatory actions that are under active consideration for promulgation, proposal or review. It covers regulatory actions for over 60 federal departments, agencies and commissions.

Even though it was released on July 20, this update constitutes the “spring” regulatory agenda because it would have been normally released about two months ago. The other semiannual update, the fall regulatory agenda, is released in November of each year.

In this post, we highlight OSHA regulatory actions under consideration, those that are abandoned and those identified as long-term initiatives. Regulation Identifier Numbers (RIN) and links are also provided.

Rules Under Consideration

These are the noteworthy active items under OSHA’s regulatory agenda:

  • Occupational Exposure to Beryllium 1218-AB76
  • Communication Tower Safety 1218-AC90
  • Crane Operator Qualification in Construction 1218-AC96
  • Mechanical Power Presses Update 1218-AC98
  • Powered Industrial Trucks 1218-AC99
  • Lock-Out/Tag-Out Update 1218-AD00
  • Blood Lead Level for Medical Removal 1218-AD10
  • Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses 1218-AD16
  • Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses 1218-AD17

When a rule is “under consideration”, it does not necessarily mean that its original version will be enacted. Rather, it means that it is “still alive” in some form. A rule under consideration can be modified, weakened, delayed or even completely removed after feedback is received from stakeholders. Nevertheless it is good to be aware of these rules because they may impact your organization or industry if enacted in some form.

Abandoned Rules

These rules are among those that will no longer be pursued by OSHA:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens 1218-AC34
  • Combustible Dust 1218-AC41
  • Preventing Backover Injuries and Fatalities 1218-AC51
  • Revocation of Obsolete Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) 1218-AD01
  • 1-Bromopropane (1-BP) Standard 1218-AD05
  • Noise in Construction  1218-AD06
  • Occupational Exposure to Styrene 1218-AD09
  • Updating Requirements for the Selection, Fit Testing, and Use of Hearing Protection Devices 1218-AD11

Long-Term Initiatives

These rules are among those listed as “long-term actions”:

  • Infectious Diseases 1218-AC46
  • Amendments to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard 1218-AC81
  • Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major Chemical Accidents 1218-AC82
  • Shipyard Fall Protection–Scaffolds, Ladders and Other Working Surfaces 1218-AC85
  • Emergency Response and Preparedness 1218-AC91
  • Update to the Hazard Communication Standard 1218-AC93

According to a Bloomberg BNA article, moving rules to the “long-term actions” list might signal that the Trump administration has no intention to move them forward. But you should still stay informed about these rules, in case they move forward.

More Information

Here are links to other articles if you would like to read more about OSHA and the spring regulatory agenda:

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