Arizona: The Industrial Commission proposes adopting recent federal OSHA rule changes
In the September 16, 2016 issue of the Arizona Administrative Register, the Industrial Commission issued proposed rules which would incorporate recent federal OSHA rule updates. The changes that the Industrial Commission intends to incorporate are the revisions to the eye and face protection and respirable crystalline silica rules. The Industrial Commission also intends to adopt OSHA’s recent final rule requiring the electronic submission of injury and illness information for certain employers.
The revisions to the eye and face protection standard update the references to more recent additions of the ANSI standards for eye and face personal protective equipment.
OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica rule reduced the permissible exposure limits for respirable crystalline silica to 50 μg/m3 as an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) in all industries covered by the rule and established other requirements to protect employees, including exposure assessments, control methods, respiratory protection, medical surveillance, hazard communication, and recordkeeping.
OSHA’s new rule on recordkeeping and reporting requires employers with more than 250 employees at an establishment to electronically submit their 29 CFR 1904 recordkeeping forms (Forms 300, 300A, and 301). Additionally, employers in certain industries with between 20-249 employees must submit their 300A form electronically. The electronically submitted information will be available to the public on OSHA’s website.
Public comments on the proposed rules will be accepted through October 26th, 2016.
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