Latest updates from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continuously releases important information for the EHS community, including standards, guidelines and updates related to the safety and health of employees in the workplace.

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The following article summarizes some of OSHA’s latest updates (2016):

OSHA extends the enforcement dates for the minimum approach distances in its general industry and construction standards

On January 20, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) extended the enforcement date for some of its minimum approach distances in its general industry and construction standards for work on electric power generation, transmission, and distribution installations.

Read the full article here.

Safety and Health Program Management

On February 1, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration extended the public comment period for its voluntary Safety and Health Program Management from February 15, 2016 through February 22, 2016.

Read here for more information on the Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines.

Guidance on Data Evaluation for Weight of Evidence Determination

OSHA has issued a new guidance on determining potential health hazards of chemicals.

On February 16, OSHA will begin accepting comments on its Guidance on Data Evaluation for Weight of Evidence Determination which is intended to help employers consider all available information when classifying hazardous chemicals.

Workers and employers should be given complete and accurate information about the hazards associated with exposure to the chemicals in their work environment.

Read all the details on the new guidance on determining potential health hazards of chemicals.

OSHA reschedules its public hearing on its proposed beryllium rule

On February 16, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) postponed its informal public hearing on its proposed occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. The proposed beryllium rule will significantly reduce OSHA’s existing exposure limits for beryllium and beryllium compounds and introduce additional workplace protections.

The hearing, originally scheduled for February 29, 2016, has been rescheduled for March 21, 2016.

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