In looking at the OSHA rulemaking schedule released May 18, 2016, protecting workers’ health seems to be the main theme. Five out of the six new rulemakings that OSHA plans to initiate involve a long-sought measure to guard healthcare employees from workplace violence.
From Bloomberg BNA, 5/19/16:
The regulatory agenda also revived OSHA’s infection diseases rulemaking, a proposal that had been stalled on the agency’s “long-term” agenda list since May 2015 (45 OSHR 540, 5/28/15).
“We are pleased that OSHA recognizes the importance of health standards,” Aaron Trippler, director of governmental affairs for the American Industrial Hygiene Association, told Bloomberg BNA May 19.
Trippler said that while the Obama administration wants to reflect an aggressive agenda, the reality is that it is likely that nothing more will happen before the term ends.
“They finalized silica and electronic reporting and I’m not sure there is time to do any more,” Trippler said.
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