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OSHA and the 2015 Annual Spring Regulatory Agenda

The Regulatory Information Service Center, part of the U.S. General Services Administration, releases The Unified Agenda semiannually with regulatory and deregulatory data for 60 federal agencies, departments, and commissions. In the most recent version released in May 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency responsible for overseeing employee safety in the workplace, had 23 regulatory entries. These entries are organized by prerule stage, proposed rule stage, and final rule stage. Of these 23 entries, there are seven new regulations in the prerule stage, eight in the proposed rule stage, and eight in the final rule stage.

Most of the regulations on OSHA’s agenda have some affect on the overall construction industry, so it’s important to stay up-to-date as to where these various regulatory actions fall within the voting process. With that said, our Lakeland construction attorneys have outlined some important regulations to be aware of.

Prerule Stage

Combustible Dust
Communication Tower Safety

Proposed Rule Stage

Crane Operator Qualifications in Construction
Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness
Occupational Exposure to Combustible Dust
Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica

Final Rule Stage

Walking Working Surfaces – General Industry
Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

To view all 23 regulations, along with dates of anticipated action, and stages, click here.

In addition to regulations set for immediate decisions, the agency also has a “Long-Term Actions” list which are rules planned for regulatory action 12 months from the date of the agenda’s publication. There is also an area for agencies to report “Completed Actions.” These are regulations from the previous agenda that were either withdrawn or ones where actions have been made to complete the rulemaking. If you would like to learn more about this process, and how these regulations may have an effect on the operations of your business, reach out to a construction lawyer in Lakeland who is familiar with the voting rule-process of OSHA.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.