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OSHA announces semi-annual regulatory agenda

June 11, 2014

OSHA has quietly announced the spring semi-annual regulatory agenda, a compilation of the many issues being undertaken or considered by the agency and a look at when the agency expects action on the issues. This agenda is supposed to be a “blueprint” for the agency to follow when tackling each of the issues; however in recent years the agenda has become something that many consider a complete “wish list” as most of the activity is never concluded on time.


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Semiannual regulatory agenda published

June 3, 2014

The Office of Management and Budget has published the Spring 2014 unified agenda. The agenda lists regulatory actions now in development and under consideration by each federal agency, providing information about each rule and its stage of development.


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EPA’s McCarthy makes the case for taking action on climate change

June 2, 2014

About a month ago, I took a trip to the Cleveland Clinic. I met a lot of great people, but one stood out—even if he needed to stand on a chair to do it. Parker Frey is 10 years old. He’s struggled with severe asthma all his life. His mom said despite his challenges, Parker’s a tough, active kid—and a stellar hockey player.


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EPA proposes bold plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants

Coal industry angry, public health experts happy
June 2, 2014

The EPA today unveiled a plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent over the next 15 years – a big goal which is sure to meet with stiff opposition from the coal industry.


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Experiences of an OSHA industrial hygienist

June 2, 2014
During my career in OSHA I have had the opportunity to inspect many workplaces in many different industries. There are several lessons I want to share. First and foremost, to comply with OSHA regulations, you must read the regulation to ensure that you are complying with all requirements.


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Commercial drivers’ physicals must now be done by certified medical examiners

May 23, 2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is reminding interstate truck and bus drivers that all new USDOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.


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FAQs about electric power standard

May 22, 2014

Why did OSHA decide to modify its standards for electric power generation, transmission, and distribution work? OSHA last issued rules for the construction of transmission and distribution installations in 1972. Those provisions were out of date and inconsistent with the more recently promulgated general industry standard covering the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment.


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EPA proposes updates to emissions standards for refineries

May 21, 2014

After receiving input from stakeholders including community groups, industry and the states, the EPA is proposing to update the toxic air pollution standards for petroleum refineries to protect neighborhoods located near refineries. The agency describes the change as a “common-sense” proposal that includes new monitoring requirements.


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EPA extends comment period for farm worker pesticide exposure proposal

May 15, 2014

The EPA is extending the comment period for the proposed revisions to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard for an additional 60 days, until August 18, 2014, in response to requests from growers, industry, farmworker advocates and states for additional time to provide input.


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After 13 years, is a revised beryllium standard near?

May 9, 2014

Amid speculation that OSHA is on the verge of issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to modernize the beryllium standard, worker safety advocates are hoping that it provides stronger protections for construction workers.


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