“OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda ‘Aggressive’ With 29 Rulemakings”

by Paul Lawton Monday, June 16th, 2014 In all, OSHA’s ambitious regulatory agenda sets out action on 29 rulemakings. Here are the highlights. Final rule stage. Final rules expected this year or later: Occupational injury and illness recording and requirements—NAICS update and reporting revisions. OSHA anticipates a final rule in June 2014 that would update … Continue reading “OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda ‘Aggressive’ With 29 Rulemakings”

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OSHA Dates To Make Note Of In 2014 – Changes Coming

  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) portion of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fall 2013 Regulatory Agenda revealed several dates in 2014 that employers should take notice of, including proposed rules on the long-promised injury and illness prevention program and occupational exposure to beryllium; a small-business review of combustible dust; public hearings on … Continue reading OSHA Dates To Make Note Of In 2014 – Changes Coming

OSHA Crystalline Silica Rulemaking Proposal

Inhalation of very small (respirable) crystalline silica particles puts workers at risk for silicosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and kidney disease. OSHA recently released a proposed rule to protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica. What is Crystalline Silica? Respirable crystalline silica – very small particles at least 100 times smaller than … Continue reading OSHA Crystalline Silica Rulemaking Proposal

OSHA QuickTakes – September 16, 2013

#Silica #StopFalls #OilAndGas In this issue Notice of proposed rulemaking for respirable silica published in Federal Register OSHA awards $10.1 million in Susan Harwood safety and health training grants to 70 organizations Adams Thermal Systems to pay $1.34 million in wake of OSHA citations, criminal penalties in 2011 death of worker OSHA orders MGM Resorts … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – September 16, 2013

Safety Comic of the Day! – “Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking Silica Dust Exposure”.

An old hazard alert is resurfacing in the oil and gas industry, one that warns the massive amounts of sand used during hydraulic fracturing may pose a health risk for workers. The alert, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, warns of prolonged exposure to … Continue reading Safety Comic of the Day! – “Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking Silica Dust Exposure”.

OSHA’s Agenda of Regulations 2013

On July 3, 2013, the Department of Labor issued its Semiannual Agenda of Regulations. Executive Order 12866 requires the semiannual publication of the listing of all regulations the Department of Labor expects to have under active consideration for promulgation, proposal or review during the coming one-year period. Here are some of the highlights regarding OSHA’s … Continue reading OSHA’s Agenda of Regulations 2013

OSHA – NIOSH Hazard Alert – Worker Exposure to Silica during Hydraulic Fracturing

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) identified exposure to airborne silica as a health hazard to workers conducting some hydraulic fracturing operations during recent field studies. Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth’s crust. It occurs primarily as quartz and is a major component of the sand, clay and … Continue reading OSHA – NIOSH Hazard Alert – Worker Exposure to Silica during Hydraulic Fracturing