2019 Preview: New OSHA Safety Rules Coming Soon

Posted on 10/23/2018 by Roger Marks

In the Fall 2018 Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) gives us a peek into new or revised safety regulations coming in late 2018 and early 2019.

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Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA is moving ahead with a proposal to remove provisions that require employers with 250 or more employees to electronically submit injury and illness data from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injury and Illnesses) and Form 301 (injury and Illness Incident Report).

Under the proposal, employers would be required to submit only data from the OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). This rule was proposed in July 2018 and a Final Rule is expected in June 2019. (RIN 1218-AD17)

Standards Improvement Project IV

Before the end of 2018, OSHA plans complete a rulemaking that’s been in the works since  2012. The forthcoming Final Rule will “remove or revise duplicative, unnecessary, and inconsistent safety and health standards in OSHA’s recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards.” In addition, OSHA will remove the requirement for employees' social security numbers to be included on certain medical forms. (RIN 1218-AC67) 

3 New Fit Test Protocols for Respirators

OSHA will evaluate three new quantitative fit test protocols for respirators. If the new fit test protocols are deemed appropriate, OSHA will adopt them into Appendix A of the Respiratory Protection Standard at 29 CFR 1910.134. The agency plans to have a Final Rule ready in December 2018. (RIN 1218-AC94)

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GHS HazCom Update

OSHA will update its hazard communication or HazCom Standard at 29 CFR 1910.1200 to reflect the latest revisions to the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). In 2012, OSHA adopted the 3rd edition of GHS. Today, the world is on the 7th edition of GHS. (RIN 1218-AC93)

Other rules in early stages of their regulatory life include possible revisions to the general industry standards for beryllium exposure (RIN 1218-AD20), the approval of Puerto Rico’s State OSHA Plan (RIN 1218-AD13), and updates to the emergency response and preparedness standards—including performance specifications for PPE (RIN 1218-AC91).

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