May 28, 2018

OSHA Spring Regulatory Agenda…What to Expect from OSHA

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It’s that time of year again…when OSHA tells us what is on the horizon for rulemaking activity. Last week the spring semiannual regulatory agenda for federal agencies was published. This Regulatory Agenda provides a complete list of all regulatory actions that are under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review and covers regulatory actions for over 60 federal departments, agencies, and commissions.

The Regulatory Agenda for the Department of Labor includes a total of twenty regulatory entries for OSHA specific actions. In this year’s regulatory agenda there are nine regulatory actions in the pre-rule stage, including Communication Tower Safety, Emergency Response and Preparedness, Mechanical Power Press Update and Prevention of Workplace Violence in Health Care and Social Assistance. Seven regulatory actions are in the proposed rule stage including  Amendments to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard, Crane Operator Qualification in Construction and the addition of Puerto Rico as a State Plan and four regulatory actions are in the final rule stage.

Some of OSHA’s regulatory actions under consideration:






Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica; Revisions to Table 1 in the Standard for Construction


Request for Information in November 2018


Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in July 2018


Lock-out/Tag-out Update



Request for Information in June 2018


Crane Operator Qualification in Construction


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in May 2018


Workplace Violence in Health Care and Social Assistance


SEBREFA Small Business Review in January 2019


Rules of Agency Practice and Procedure Concerning OSHA Access to Employee Medical Records


Final Rule December 2018


Tree Care Standard


SBREFA Small Business Review in April 2019


The full federal Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan can be found online at:

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