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    NIOSH Publishes Research Agenda for Oil and Gas Extraction

    Dec 09, 2018
    NIOSH has published a revised National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for Oil and Gas Extraction. The agenda identifies the knowledge and actions most needed to promote safety and health in the oil and gas extraction industry.
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    OSHA Issues Final Rule on Crane Operator Certification Requirements

    Nov 08, 2018
    OSHA has published a final rule that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment.
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    OSHA Reveals Top 10 Violations for 2018

    Oct 23, 2018
    OSHA announced its 2018 Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations. While the list remains largely unchanged, it offers some insight into where employers can make improvements to protect workers.
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    Language in Farm Bill Would Compromise Process Safety Management Rule, ASSP Says

    Oct 08, 2018
    ASSP recently expressed opposition to the inclusion of language in the House Farm Bill (H.R. 2) that it believes would compromise OSHA's Process Safety Management standard and create risk to workers and the public.
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    MSHA Now Enforcing Workplace Examination Standard

    Oct 03, 2018
    Mine Safety and Health Administration is now enforcing its revised standard governing workplace examination requirements at surface and underground metal/nonmetal mines. Learn what it means for mine operators and contractors.
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    NIOSH Releases Beta Version of Silica Monitoring Software

    Oct 03, 2018
    NIOSH has developed a software designed to help mine operators more immediately measure and response to exposures to respirable crystalline silica.
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    Safety Groups Urge DOL to Engage Key Stakeholders on Youth Worker Rulemaking

    Oct 03, 2018
    ASSP and other safety groups want DOL to engage more stakeholders in a proposed rule that would expand the types of jobs young workers can perform.
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    Report Calls on OSHA to Improve Guidance for Fatality and Severe Injury Reporting

    Oct 01, 2018
    A recent audit and report from the Office of the Inspector General calls for improvements in OSHA procedures to address underreporting of workplace-related serious injuries and fatalities.
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    ASSP Asks OSHA to Raise Awareness of Fall Protection Management Programs

    Sep 18, 2018
    ASSP is calling on OSHA to elevate the importance of fall protection management programs and advise employers to look to consensus standards such as ANSI/ASSP Z359 and ANSI/ASSP A10 for the latest industry practices.
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    OSHA Extends Some Compliance Dates for Beryllium Standard

    Aug 09, 2018
    OSHA is extending the compliance date for specific ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard to Dec. 12, 2018. The extension maintain essential safety and health protections for workers, the agency states, while giving it time to work on a proposal that would clarify certain provisions of the standard and address employers’ compliance burdens.
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    OSHA Proposes Rule to Better Protect Personally Identifiable Information

    Jul 30, 2018
    OSHA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that it says will better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be reidentified with a particular individual. This rulemaking would remove provisions of the agency's current recordkeeping rule.
  • ASSP Urges Senate Leaders to Move Ahead on Mugno Confirmation Vote

    Jul 11, 2018
    ASSP is calling on Senate leaders to move ahead with the vote on the nomination of Scott Mugno as head of OSHA. Mugno was nominated in late October 2017 and has been approved twice by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
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    OSHA Silica Enforcement: Behind the Statistics

    Jun 27, 2018
    Federal OSHA enforcement of its requirements for general industry and maritime under the new silica rule started on June 23, 2018. However, OSHA will assist employers that are making good-faith efforts to meet the new standard’s requirements during the first 30 days of enforcement.
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    OSHA Extends Comment Period for Rule on Crane Operator Certification

    Jun 18, 2018
    OSHA has extended the comment period on its proposed crane operator certification rule until July 5, 2018.
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    OSHA Silica Standard & Disparate Protection Issues

    Feb 22, 2018
    The failure of some states to be in sync with the federal requirements, or those of other state plans, poses a compliance dilemma for employers and their safety and health consultant-advisors whose workplaces are subject to both federal OSHA and multiple state plan enforcement activities.
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    Protecting Workers From Chemical Exposure – Who Has Responsibility – OSHA or EPA?

    Feb 15, 2018
    Since the 2016 passage of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, controversy has developed over the requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act for the Environmental Protection Agency to make risk assessments and determine protection measures for workers. In December 2017, EPA held a public meeting to discuss the framework it proposes to use for assessing new chemicals.
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    ASSE Statement on OSHA’s Updated Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs

    Oct 19, 2017
    "The best-performing companies employ occupational safety and health professionals to implement and manage safety and health programs throughout the U.S. and across the globe. These Recommended Practices can encourage more employers to embrace what ASSE members already know: applying the risk management principles inherent in safety and health management programs succeed in helping make workplaces safe and productive in companies of all sizes.
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    Trump Administration Freezes Regulations Pending Review

    Oct 18, 2017
    In an e-mail on Jan. 25, 2017, Bruce Lundegren, assistant chief counsel from the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, advised small business representatives about the Trump administration's "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” memorandum, which was issued to heads of executive departments and agencies on Jan. 20. The memorandum "is designed to ensure that the President's appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or pending regulations."
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    ASSE stands behind U.S. Chemical Safety Board

    Oct 17, 2017
    The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) – representing more than 37,000 occupational safety and health professionals across the globe – supports the mission of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and is deeply troubled that the CSB is targeted for elimination in President Trump’s budget blueprint for 2018.
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    OSHA Inspectors to Assess "Good-Faith Efforts" in Early Days of Silica Enforcement

    Sep 22, 2017
    Although the Respirable Crystalline Silica construction standard (29 CFR 1926.1153), becomes enforceable on Sept. 23, 2017, compliance officers are, for the first 30 days of enforcement, to evaluate good-faith efforts taken by employers in their attempts to meet the new construction silica standard.


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