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OSHA Releases 2015 Regulatory Plans

December 17, 2014

In November, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration published its “Unified Regulatory Agenda for Fall 2014.” The regulatory agenda is designed to inform the public of the current status and future outlook of proposed federal regulations for all federal agencies. It includes 3,415 regulations—more than the last regulatory agenda released in May 2014—and contains 189 rules that cost more than $100 million.

The current agenda for labor and employment regulations reveals the federal agencies’ progress on over 75 separate rules, including several significant regulatory proposals from DOL and OSHA, as well as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council. OSHA plans to move forward with the following ambitious plan on a range of issues important to the metalcasting industry:

  • Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness—Proposed Rule November 2014 (not released).
  • Updating OSHA standards based on national consensus standards eye and face protection—Proposed Rule December 2014.
  • Occupational Exposure to Beryllium—Proposed Rule January 2015.
  • Quantitative Fit Testing Protocol: Amendment to the Final Rule on Respiratory Protection—Proposed Rule March 2015.
  • Request for Information (RFI) for Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs). Comments due April 8, 2015. 
  • Crystalline Silica Exposure—Analyze Comments June 2015. No other information about a final rule is indicated; however, in October, OSHA’s administrator stated the agency will issue a final rule for silica before President Barack Obama leaves office.
  • Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (slips, trips, and fall prevention)—Final Rule June 2015.
  • Modernizing Reporting System for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses—Final rule August 2015 (requiring electronic submission of injury and illness survey data, which would be made publicly available in a searchable database).
  • Combustible Dust—Small Business Panel February 2016.

OSHA Long-Term Actions

  • Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2).
  • Vehicle backover injuries and fatalities.
  • Occupational injury and illness recording and reporting requirements –musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) column. 

To review the regulatory agenda, go to