New Recordkeeping and Walking/Working Surfaces Rules Top OSHA’s Spring Regulatory Agenda
June 10, 2015
Several final and proposed U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules of interest to the metalcasting industry are expected to be published in the next few months, according to the agency’s spring regulatory agenda, released in May.
Its rule on walking/working surfaces to address slip, trip and fall hazards is expected to be issued in August, and a rule to improve tracking of occupational injuries and illnesses by changing OSHA’s reporting system has a September release date. The long delayed proposed rulemaking that would update OSHA’s Beryllium Standard was set for publication in May but has not been released yet. It remains under review at the Office of Management and Budget. Another rule, a revision to OSHA’s eye and face protection rules to reflect the latest consensus standards, is expected to be published soon, as well.
OSHA remains on track to complete the next steps for several other major rulemakings, including completing its analysis of comments on the agency’s comprehensive proposed silica rule by June. OSHA has proposed a drastically reduced new permissible exposure limits and is proposing additional requirements, including, but not limited to, medical surveillance and prohibitions on certain work practices. OSHA officials have repeatedly stated before the Obama administration ends they fully expect to finalize and enact new regulations aimed at reducing workplace hazards from crystalline silica dust. AFS submitted extensive comments stating its concerns that OSHA has not met its burden demonstrating that the proposed silica standard is technologically and economically feasible for the metalcasting industry.
A copy of the regulatory agenda can be found online at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaMain.