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OSHA and the Obama Administration’s Final Year

F Marie Athey OHST

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F Marie Athey OHST | November 30, 2015 | Comments Off on OSHA and the Obama Administration’s Final Year


US President Obama is set to leave the Oval Office following two terms. Several important items regarding OSHA compliance are still up in the air and awaiting their fate. Will the following issues be addressed before a new administration comes into the White House?

Additional Recordkeeping Changes

The way employers report accidents, injuries, and fatalities to OSHA has been updated—but more changes are pending. One amendment on the horizon? Injury and illness records would be reported regularly and would be made available to the public. Experts believe that in order to finalize the changes, OSHA will need to resolve certain issues about the implementation of the proposal.

Crystalline Silica

One of the items on top of the list is related to the final rule on silica. Lower permissible exposure limits (PEL) are being considered as another safety measure for workers. Opponents of the impending rule have pointed out the decline in silica-related workplace fatalities and questioned the need to amend the current PEL. Despite facing many challenges, the rule on silica is expected to be issued within the next one or two years.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Addressing the hazards of slipping, tripping and falling is another priority—and for good reason. Amendments to the current standards for walking/working surfaces have been stewing for 25 years. Many are expecting this updated rule to be issued in the near future. Will the agency be able to release the final rule in April 2016? Let’s wait and see.

Workplace Exposure to Beryllium

Labor groups initially petitioned for an emergency standard back in 1999 and 2001. In 2002, OSHA issued a “Request for Information.” OSHA finally published a proposed rule last August 2015—and encouraged the public to participate in the rulemaking process. According to stakeholders, the odds of finalizing the standard before January 2017 are favorable.

Keeping up with the Changes

Ensuring the workers’ safety is a continuous effort. Regulatory experts and professionals are constantly working together to improve the current safety standards. But it can be tricky to keep up with the changes. This is where OSHA training comes into play. Whether you’re looking for a short course to brush up on your safety essentials or you’re more interested in a thorough discussion of industry practices, we have the OSHA-authorized training programs to keep you updated! Request a demo of our OSHA 10 and 30-hour outreach courses today.


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