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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.

ASSE prepared to help reverse trend of fatal workplace injuries

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
ASSE pledges to work with its extensive network of members and stakeholders to help address fatal occupational injuries that increased for the third straight year according to newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, up 7 percent from 2015.

OSHA Posts New Fact Sheets on Silica in Construction

Monday, December 18, 2017
OSHA has issued a new series of revised fact sheets to help employers comply with OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standards for construction.

OSHA Recordkeeping Deadline Pushed to Dec. 15

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
In a notice issued on Nov. 24, OSHA extended its injury reporting deadline initially set for Dec. 1 by two weeks. The new deadline is Dec. 15. Extending the deadline will allow employers the full four-month reporting window originally intended when the agency updated injury and illness record keeping regulation in May 2016.​

OSHA Alliance Construction Roundtable: An Update

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
John Mroszczyk, ASSE's representative on the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, shares some industry statistics and highlights from a presentation to the group on preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders on construction work sites.

OSHA Extends Crane Certification Date By 1 Year

Thursday, November 16, 2017
OSHA issued a final rule on Nov. 9, 2017, extending the requirements for construction employers to comply with its crane operator certification rule until Nov. 10, 2018. The agency also announced plans to complete a rulemaking on the issues surrounding the crane operator certification program in the coming year.

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