Time is running out for OSHA under the Obama administration to complete some of its regulatory priorities. If OSHA stays on track, some new and revised regs could debut early in 2016.
Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)
A new report recommends OSHA look to the European Union (EU) for a system to manage workers’ exposure to hazardous chemicals.
The federal government has released its revised regulatory agenda. It lists 10 new or revised OSHA rules for 2013, with more to come in future years.
As OSHA asks for comments on ways to update its exposure limits for hazardous chemicals, a new study shows how two common products might, when combined, lead to absorption of a chemical into the body.
The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) is calling on OSHA to lower the permissible exposure limits for noise in workplaces.
Even without a combustible dust standard, OSHA can fine companies for failing to provide appropriate fire and explosion protection from combustible dust.
When Congress eliminated OSHA’s ergonomics rule in 2001, it was also generally understood that the agency could not issue a new rule that was “substantially the same” as the old one. But what if a new ergonomics rule wasn’t substantially the same?
OSHA says its permissible exposure limits for dozens of hazardous chemicals are out of date, but these days, it’s difficult to update its regulations. Does a recent fine against a fiberglass manufacturer signal OSHA’s way to get around this problem?
Warnings are starting to pop up on the Internet that OSHA’s new voluntary hazardous chemical exposure limits may cause more trouble for employers than you might otherwise expect.
The new interim head of OSHA has said the federal government needs to take a leadership role in workplace safety and health, and in the last eight years the agency has been a failure when it comes to creating new standards.
More than 40,000 workers die each year from exposure to toxic chemicals at work — 10 times the number that die from safety incidents such as falls, fires and explosions. So why isn’t OSHA doing more to curb these health threats?
Add another voice to the chorus calling for companies to use the latest science and not just OSHA’s limits when it comes to protecting workers from hazardous chemicals.
When it comes to OSHA’s beryllium standard for construction, it seems there isn’t as much overlap with other standards as the agency initially thought.
The reality on OSHA’s permissible exposure limits (PELs) for hazardous chemicals: Most are out of date by almost half a century. And changing them won’t be easy. So, the agency has released new voluntary limits to help protect employees.
On April 28, 2011, OSHA turned 40 years old. Is the agency suffering an early mid-life crisis?
The election has produced status quo in Washington DC: President Obama re-elected, Democrats control the Senate, Republicans control the House. However, don’t expect the status quo at OSHA in the next four years.
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