OSHA releases Fall 2011 regulatory agenda
At the end of January 2012, OSHA finally released its Fall 2011 regulatory agenda, which is an overview of what OSHA plans to accomplish in the next few months.
The highlights include:
The Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) Rule going before a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) Panel review
If implemented, the I2P2 Rule would require employers to “find and fix” workplace hazards, regardless whether the hazards relate to an existing OSHA standard. An I2P2 rule would provide another means for OSHA to impose fines against employers in the absence of any existing hazard-specific standard.
Continued revision of OSHA’s permissible chemical exposure limits (PELs)
PELs are the limits for how long an employee can be exposed to a hazardous substance without experiencing harmful effects.
Changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard are growing close
Intended to align the current standard with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), the Rule remains under review at the Office of Management and Budget, where it has been stuck since October of last year.
A projected date for Silica exposure regulations
Delays at the Office of Management and Budget have also held up OSHA’s proposed new standard for exposure to crystalline silica.
Notably missing from active rulemaking are Combustible Dust Standard and Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Column on Recordkeeping Forms.
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