Budget office concludes reviews of OSHA standards

August 19, 2010

The Office of Management and Budget has completed reviews of two interim final rules and one proposed rule from OSHA covering whistleblower protections and cooperative agreements.

On Aug. 12, OMB finished its review of rules establishing procedures for handling and investigating retaliation complaints from various transportation employees and consumer product industry employees. Both interim final rules are expected to be published sometime this month.

OMB on Monday also concluded its review of a proposed rule revising regulations concerning the circumstances in which OSHA may conduct inspections of sites participating in an onsite consultation program. The revisions concern employers in the agency's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, which recognizes small businesses with "exemplary safety and health management systems." A notice of proposed rulemaking is scheduled to be published in September.