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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.

Supplement to ASSE Comments OSHA Silica Proposed Rules Addresses "Competent Person"

During the questioning period of the March 21, 2014, public hearing for OSHA's proposed rule on respirable crystalline silica, OSHA's staff asked ASSE's witness, Adele L. Abrams, to supplement the Society's comments by elaborating on OSHA's proposal to require a “competent person” to be responsible for establishing and overseeing written access control plans where respirators and protective clothing [...]

ASSE Backs NTSB Call for States to Adopted 0.05 BAC Level for Impaired Driving

Friday, September 26, 2014
Based on the development of Position Statement on the issue by ASSE’s Transportation Practice Specialty, ASSE offered the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) support for its call to adopt measures that can encourage states to reduce the legal standard of driver impairment due to alcohol consumption, as measured by blood-alcohol content (BAC), from 0.08% to 0.05%.

OSHA Regions Get Policy Background Memo on Temp Workers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
OSHA has issued a memorandum on its Policy Background on the Temporary Worker Initiative to its regional administrators. From Tom Galassi, Director of Enforcement Programs, the memo was posted July 21 on the OSHA web site. Temporary workers has been a key initiative of OSHA this year, as the Agency’s web page on the issue indicates.

ASSE Gov’t Affairs Committee 2014 Capitol Hill Visits

Friday, May 23, 2014
ASSE’s Government Affairs Committee met May 5-7 in Washington, DC, for the Committee’s annual Capitol Hill Visits, combining a Committee meeting with a day visiting key occupational safety and health agencies in which ASSE is a stakeholder and Congressional committee offices that impact occupational safety and health.

ASSE and Friends of NIOSH Fight for NIOSH ERC and AgFF Research Programs

Friday, May 16, 2014
ASSE joined with 158 other Friends of NIOSH to urge leaders in both the Senate and House Appropriation Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, and Education to include in the Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget at least the Fiscal Year 2014 program level of $332.86 million for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). That funding level would counter the Administration's effort again this [...]

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