Although a new occupant in the White House will likely lead to changes at the Department of Labor, OSHA’s latest regulatory agenda suggests the safety agency is not in lame duck mode. Keep reading to find out what rulemakings are on the front burner and what it means for you.
The spring agenda laid out more than 30 planned actions for OSHA over the next several months. That number, according to attorney and OSHA expert Nickole Winnett, is one of the first and most notable things about the document. Winnett, principal with the law firm Jackson Lewis, was struck by the breadth and number of rulemakings. “It far exceeds the number of rules propped by other agencies at the Department of Labor.” She also notes that, aside from walking working surfaces and personal fall protection systems, which is in the final rule stage, and occupational exposure to beryllium, which is in the proposed stage, most other items are in the early phases of rulemaking.