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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Guidance issued for temp workers

OSHA released bulletins covering respiratory and noise protection for temporary workers. The bulletins explain that the host employer and staffing agency may divide responsibility, but neither can require workers to pay for their own protective equipment. They also list out which party normally handles specific tasks. MORE

OSHA shares FAQs on silica compliance in construction

OSHA posted 53 frequently asked questions on its website to assist construction industry employers with compliance for the silica standard. Numerous topics are included such as exposure, control methods, housekeeping, medical surveillance and employee training. MORE

Fact sheet addresses power tools

OSHA released two fact sheets for the shipyard industry. The first covers personal protective equipment and the second covers portable and handheld power tools. MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Appeals court denies EPA attempt to delay chemical disaster rule

A federal appeals court has denied the EPA’s push to delay the chemical disaster rule, which would amend the risk management program for chemical facilities. The agency was attempting to push the effective date to Feb. 19, 2019, but the federal appeals court ruled that the postponement delayed lifesaving protections. Additionally, several environmental groups filed a lawsuit in response to the delays. MORE

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

FMCSA seeking changes to hours-of-service regulations

FMCSA is currently asking for comment on proposed rulemaking on its hours-ofservice regulations for commercial truck drivers. The agency is considering expanding the “short-haul” exemption, extending the on-duty limitation, revising the mandatory 30-minute break, and reinstating the option for splitting up the offduty rest break. MORE

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