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OSHA finalizes record-keeping rule

On May 12, OSHA finalized the new rule on electronic record-keeping, effective August 2016.

March Government Affairs Report

ASSE Government Affairs Update – March 2016​

Nominations open for WPAC

The Department of Labor is seeking nominations to the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC). WPAC is comprised of 12 members, of which six slots will be available for a two-year term that begins December 1, 2016: Two management representatives Two labor representatives Two public representatives​

OSHA Releases Final Silica Rule

On Thursday, March 24, OSHA released the final silica rule: Key points: The new standard for silica exposure is 50 ug/m3 PEL. The construction industry has one year to comply, general industry two. Fracking gets an additional three years to come into compliance with the engineering controls.

ASSE comments on OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently updating the Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, last updated in 1989. These guidelines offer on overview of what the safety professional does and how to implement a safety management plan in the workplace. Although not legally binding, these guidelines are a powerful tool and an opportunity to communicate the value [...]

Summary of OSHAs Finalized New Recordkeeping Rules

On September 11, OSHA announced its final rule adopting new requirements for reporting severe injuries and updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements. ASSE opposed the provisions related to reporting severe injuries. For ASSE members, a summary of new recordkeeping changes was prepared by Adele Abrams, Esq.

OSHA Publishes RFI on Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)

OSHA has published an RFI stating that the Agency is reviewing its overall approach to managing chemical exposures in the workplace and seeks stakeholder input about more effective and efficient approaches that addresses challenges found with the current regulatory approach.

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