In July, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Several of OSHA’s key rulemaking efforts have been delayed, but the development of an Injury and Illness Prevention Programs rule (I2P2) remains on track.
Originally expected to be issued in August, OSHA postponed publication of a final rule modifying its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) until September. In order to conform HCS to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, the final rule is expected to make minor changes in terminology and definitions, revise criteria for classification of chemical hazards, revise labeling provisions, specify the format for safety data sheets, and require employers to train employees within two years after the effective date.
OSHA continues to develop a combustible dust standard for general industry, but reportedly has struggled with the scope and technical issues. The Small Business Regulatory Fairness Enforcement Act process, which must precede any promulgation of a proposed rule, is scheduled for December 2011 (delayed from April) and will take roughly 120 days to complete.
Draft regulatory text for the I2P2 rule—which would create a uniform standard for injury and illness prevention programs employers must implement—was expected to be released in August.
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