Regulatory Roundup

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Court ruling extends timeline for repeat violations

In a 2015 revision of its field operations manual, OSHA increased the timeline for repeat violations to five years, but a recent court decision states that this does not impose a legal limitation. The court pointed out that there has been no time period limiting the issuance of repeat violations in the OSH Act or issued regulations. Attorneys suggest employers seriously consider contesting citations if they have a good faith defense…MORE

New fact sheet offers silica assistance to general and maritime industries

The final respirable crystalline silica standard reduced the permissible exposure limit to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over an 8-hour shift. General industry and maritime businesses have until June 23 to comply. A new OSHA fact sheet offers guidance on assessing workplace exposures, establishing a written program and providing training to employees…MORE

Beryllium standard enforcement is delayed

OSHA announced that it is postponing the enforcement dates of the beryllium standards by 60 days, to May 11. The delay will allow for more time to finish settlement negotiations on lawsuits and give employers adequate notice before enforcement begins. If a business fails to meet the new permissible exposure limit or short-term exposure limit in the meantime, OSHA will offer compliance assistance…MORE

Chemical Safety Board (CSB)

CSB highlights its value in Safety Spotlight

The Trump administration is targeting the CSB for elimination in effort to streamline functions across the federal government. In light of this, the CSB published a Safety Spotlight to share information on its accomplishments. The article describes instances where states have made safety improvements after incorporating the agency’s recommendations. The Trump administration’s budget proposal allocates $9 million for the agency to wind down operations versus the $12.1 million requested…MORE

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