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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Safety News Briefs - What To Expect From OSHA IN 2014

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have safety news, or safety tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

OSHA's Overlooked Gift to the Chemical Industry

This article, published by the Center For Effective Government might be better titled, "Safety Problems With GHS."  The article points out that changes in the system for classifying chemicals as cancer-causing, may result in some chemicals no longer needing to be labeled as carcinogens.

The article opens with the statement:

"A recent blog post by labor lawyer Steven Wodka highlights a concerning change in how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires chemical companies to classify cancer-causing chemicals that is likely to pose significant problems for OSHA’s ability to enforce how employers warn workers of the dangers associated with the chemicals they work with."

Read the complete article here.

What To Expect From OSHA In 2014

There have been a number of articles predicting what we might expect from OSHA in 2014, this is one of the most comprehensive. It comes from the blog of Block O'Toole & Murphy (attorneys) and has an interesting list of possible actions on the part of OSHA in 2014.  The list is topped by increased criminal prosecutions and a greater use of the General Duty Duty Clause.

Click here to read the complete list, and the explainations of each item on the list.

OSHA Extends Comment Period On Proposed Silica Rule To February 11th

OSHA is extending the public comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica for an additional 15 days to Feb. 11, 2014.

In response to concerns raised about possible public confusion due to an error on www.regulations.gov, the federal government's online portal for submitting rulemaking comments, the deadline has been extended from Jan. 27 to Feb. 11 to allow stakeholders additional time to comment on the proposed rule.

To submit comments using www.regulations.gov, stakeholders may click on the "COMMENT NOW!" box next to the title "Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica; Extension of Comment Period" and follow the instructions on-line for making electronic submissions.

Public hearings on the proposed rule are scheduled to begin on March 18, 2014. Information on the proposed rule is available at www.osha.gov/silica.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Can An Employee Sue Their Supervisor
Safety New Briefs - Never Assume Compliance With OSHA Standards
Safety New Briefs - Part Of The OSHA HCS Exceeds Authority

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