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OSHA’s Fall 2021 Regulatory Agenda shows what’s on the horizon

Final, proposed rules cover general industry, construction, shipyards

Posted December 17, 2021


On December 10, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the Fall 2021 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Agenda provides a look at the federal government’s plans to create or revise regulations in the next year.



Final Rules

Procedures for Handling of Retaliation Complaints Under the Whistleblower Protection Statutes

Final rule, December 2021

Walking Working Surfaces

Final rule, October 2022

Proposed Rules

Personal Protective Equipment in Construction

Proposed rule, November 2021

Powered Industrial Trucks Design Standard Update

Proposed rule, November 2021

Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Proposed rule, December 2021

Arizona State Plan for Occupational Safety and Health

Proposed rule, December 2021

Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica: Revisions to Medical Surveillance Provisions for Medical Removal Protection

Proposed rule, March 2022

Welding in Construction Confined Spaces

Proposed rule, March 2022

Infectious Diseases

Proposed rule, April 2022

Massachusetts State and Local Government Only State Plan—Initial State Plan Approval

Proposed rule, May 2022

Amendments to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard

Proposed rule, June 2022

Tree Care Standard

Proposed rule, June 2022

Shipyard Fall Protection—Scaffolds, Ladders and Other Working Surfaces

Proposed rule, July 2022

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

Proposed rule, August 2022

Lockout/Tagout Update

Proposed rule, September 2022

Communication Tower Safety

Proposed rule, October 2022

Update to the Hazard Communication Standard: OSHA says in January 2022 it will analyze comments received in September’s informal public hearing on the proposed updates.

Other upcoming rules are still in the early stages of development:

  • Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major Chemical Accidents
  • Emergency Response
  • Mechanical Power Presses Update
  • Prevention of Workplace Violence in Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Blood Lead Level for Medical Removal
  • Heat Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings


This article was written by Rachel Krubsack of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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