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OSHA Silica Standard & Disparate Protection Issues

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Section 16 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 permits States to operate and maintain their own occupational safety and health enforcement programs as long as their standards are at least as effective as the standards promulgated by the Secretary of Labor “which relate to the same issues.”

Protecting Workers From Chemical Exposure – Who Has Responsibility – OSHA or EPA?

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Since the 2016 passage of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (“Lautenberg Act”), controversy has developed over the requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) for the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to make risk assessments and determine protection measures for workers. In December 2017, the EPA held a public meeting to discuss the framework it proposes [...]

RegBrief: OSHA's Beryllium Rule

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Most provisions of OSHA's January 9, 2017 beryllium final rule become enforceable for general industry on March 12, 2018. The construction and shipyard sector provisions are under review and have not taken effect.

GA Update: State of OSH in the U.S. and what's on deck for OSHA in 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018
The latest GA Update cover OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign, Trump's deregulation pushes, the latest on OSHA recordkeeping, and more.

OSHA Contingency Plan for Suspension of Operations

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
In cases such as the recent U.S. government shutdown, occupational safety and health professionals may wonder what impact this will have on OSHA. The administration currently has a contingency plan in place for suspension of agency operations; it outlines the operations that will continue to be carried out in the event of a lack of appropriations.

Department of Labor Releases Fall 2017 Regulatory Agenda

Tuesday, January 09, 2018
On Dec. 14, 2017, the Department of Labor released its regulatory plan statement and agenda for Fall 2017. The comprehensive list, which is issued twice each year, covers the regulations the DOL plans to consider for proposal, prerule or final rule in the following 6- to 12-month period.

Court Rejects Industry Challenges to OSHA Silica Standard

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
On Dec. 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld OSHA’s silica dust standard. According to OSHA, about 2.3 million people in the U.S. are exposed to silica dust at work.

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