OSHA releases Spring regulatory agenda

Walking working surfaces final rule predicted for August 2016

Posted May 24, 2016

On May 18, OSHA published its Spring 2016 Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan. The agenda lists several items of significance, including proposed rules addressing infectious diseases and occupational exposure to beryllium. Of note, the agenda slates OSHA’s final Walking Working Surfaces rule for August 2016. The Agency had withdrawn the rule from review at the White House Office of Management and Budget in December 2015.

A few of the significant regulatory items include, but are not limited to:

Rulemaking stage


Anticipated action/date

Prerule Stage

Bloodborne Pathogens

End review and issue findings/October 2016

Prerule Stage

Combustible Dust

Initiate small business panel/ October 2016

Prerule Stage

Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major Chemical Accidents

Complete small business panel review/June 2016

Proposed Rule Stage

Occupational Exposure to Beryllium

Analyze comments/ June 2016

Proposed Rule Stage

Infectious Diseases

Release proposed rule/March 2017

Proposed Rule Stage

Crane Operator Qualification in Construction

Release proposed rule/ December 2016

Final Rule Stage

Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips, Trips, and Fall Prevention)

Release final rule/August 2016

Final Rule Stage

Clarification of Employer's Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness

Release final rule/October 2016

View the entire OSHA agenda.


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