OSHA agenda moves forward on hazcom, delays combustible dust rule

Washington – Plans for OSHA standards on diacetyl, combustible dust and beryllium appear to be placed on hold.

The three rules had been in development for more than two years, but all are now in the “long-term action” stage in the fall 2011 Regulatory Agenda, which was released Jan. 20. No additional details on the rules were provided, including upcoming regulatory actions, and an OSHA spokesperson could not immediately provide a comment on the delay.

Other initiatives are moving forward, however. Final actions on the Hazard Communication Standard and a notice of proposed rulemaking on crystalline silica – both of which seek to update current regulations – are expected to be issued in February.

According to the agenda, OSHA also plans to seek public input on the best way to address occupational exposure to chemicals and is revisiting two provisions of its 2008 Longshoring Vertical Tandem Lifts standard that were overturned by an appellate court.

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