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OSHA & MSHA Regulatory Agendas Issued

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
On Dec. 23, 2016, U.S. Department of Labor issued its semiannual regulatory agenda, covering its agencies including OSHA and MSHA. This is the final agenda issued under the Obama administration, and its contents will be subject to revision by the incoming Trump administration. However, because that transition will take time, OSH professionals can view this as a non-binding work plan for the agencies.​

OSHA Final Rule to Lower Beryllium Levels

Friday, January 06, 2017
OSHA has issued a final rule that lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a metal material that can cause lung disease. The agency reports that beryllium can become highly toxic when it is processed in a way that releases airborne dust, fumes or mist into air that can then be inhaled by workers.

OSHA’s Final Rule on Recordkeeping as “Continuing Obligation”

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
On Dec. 19, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule entitled “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.” Read on for a brief explanation of the new rule.

Trump Expected to Name Fast-Food Exec Puzder Labor Secretary

Thursday, December 08, 2016
The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets are reporting that President-Elect Donald Trump will name Andy Puzder as labor secretary. Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc., which is the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's​

OSHA's Anti-Retaliation Provisions Take Effect

Monday, December 05, 2016
With the anti-retaliation provisions in OSHA's injury and illness recordkeeping rule taking effect today, Dec. 1, 2016, ASSE has created an infographic that explains the provisions and offers some guidance on what OSH professionals and their companies should do to confirm that they are complying with the new requirements.​

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Employee Involvement Provisions of e-Recordkeeping Rule

Thursday, October 20, 2016
OSHA has extended its enforcement delay for the employee involvement provisions of the rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to Dec. 1, 2016. OSHA initially delay enforcement of these provisions until Nov. 10, 2016, to conduct additional outreach. The additional extension is in response to the request of a federal court hearing a challenge to the provisions.

Court of Appeals Disallows OSHA Revision of PSM Retail Establishment Exemption

Friday, September 30, 2016
The DC Court of Appeals recently vacated OSHA's July 22, 2015 memorandum on Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals and Application of the Retail Exemption. Specifically, the Court of Appeals held the July 22, 2015, enforcement memo was a “standard” under the OSH Act and, therefore, required notice and comment in accordance with section 6 of the OSH Act.

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