White House says new Unified Agenda represents beginning of fundamental regulatory reform

OSHA Agenda items include 5 rules at the prerule stage, 8 proposed rules, 1 final rule

Posted July 21, 2017

The White House released the 2017 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Office of Information and Regulations Affairs (OIRA) states that “this Agenda represents the beginning of fundamental regulatory reform and a reorientation toward reducing unnecessary regulatory burden on the American people.”

According to OIRA, the new Agenda includes the following:

  • Agencies withdrew 469 actions proposed in the Fall 2016 Agenda;
  • Agencies reconsidered 391 active actions by reclassifying them as long-term (282) and inactive (109), to allow for further review;
  • The number of economically significant regulations is 50 percent less than Fall 2016; and
  • Agencies will post and make public their list of inactive rules.

Current OSHA Agenda items

Items at the prerule stage include:

  • Communication Tower Safety
  • Mechanical Power Presses Update
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Lock-Out/Tag-Out Update
  • Blood Lead Level for Medical Removal

Items at the proposed rule stage include:

  • Occupational Exposure to Beryllium
  • Quantitative Fit Testing Protocol: Amendment to the Final Rule for Respiratory Protection
  • Crane Operator Qualification in Construction
  • Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Exemption Expansions for Railroad Roadway Work
  • Technical Corrections to 16 OSHA Standards
  • Puerto Rico State Plan
  • Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses and
  • Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

The only regulation listed at the final rule stage is the Standards Improvement Project IV.

According to the Agenda, OSHA plans to publish a proposed reconsideration of the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule in October 2017.

Find the entire Agenda at www.reginfo.gov.

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