URGENT OSHA UPDATE – What is going on with all of these OSHA regulations this year?

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OSHA—Final Stage

Standards Improvement Project IV

RIN 1218-AC67
Final expected 9/17

OSHA’s fourth Standards Improvement Project (SIP) aims to remove or revise redundant and inconsistent OSHA safety standards and reduce the paperwork burden on employers subject to OSHA requirements. Updates will cover:

  • Court decision: compliance by revising lockout/tagout(LOTO) requirements;
  • Fraud Prevention: Removing of requirement for employers to include employee Social Security Number on certain records to protect employees from identity theft and fraud;
  • General updates to…
    • x-rays including updating the technological standards for storing x-rays,
    • pulmonary testing, and
    • decompression for employee involved in underground construction;
    • updating standards for employees who work near automobile traffic

OSHA—Proposal Stage

Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (ship-building and construction industries)

RIN 1218-AB76
1/17 released and comments reviewed…no final adoption date YET.

OSHA finalized a new exposure standard and Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for beryllium. After receiving comments, OSHA proposed changes that impact the shipbuilding and construction industry.

Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

RIN 1218-AD16

DELAYED! Compliance now 12/1/17

The new proposed deadline for employers to submit 2016 Form 300A data using the new electronic system is December 1, 2017 (for employers to report electronically on OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and/or 301).

Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

RIN 1218-AD17

DELAYED! Proposal moved to 10/17

OSHA proposing reconsidering, revising, or removing provisions of the injury and illness reporting Final Rule.

Quantitative Fit Testing Protocol: Amendment to the Final Rule on Respiratory Protection

RIN 1218-AC94
Proposed Q3 2016 – No final date YET.

OSHA has new fit-testing protocols into its Respiratory Protection Standard at 29 CFR 1910.134.

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