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What’s on OSHA’s regulatory agenda for 2014?

A proposed revision of OSHA’s silica standard is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to regulatory change the agency wants to make in the next 12 months.

OSHA recently released its Fall 2013 regulatory agenda, listing its priorities for enacting new and revised regulations.

The changes to the silica standard include lowering the permissible exposure limit from 100 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) to 50 µg/m3. The extended comment period on that proposal ends Jan. 27, 2014. The rule could be finalized later in 2014.

The next proposal to see a final rule is scheduled to be revisions to OSHA’s Electric Power Transmission and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment standard. According to the reg agenda, OSHA plans to issue that final rule soon.

Other upcoming final rules include:

OSHA also plans to release notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) for several regulations in the next 12 months, including:

Some other notable planned action on proposed new and revised regulations:

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