Category: Regulatory Developments

OSHA, NIOSH Update Robotics Guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently updated the OSHA Technical Manual’s chapter on “Industrial Robot Systems and Industrial Robot System Safety.” The updated and expanded chapter on robotics now includes up-to-date technical information on hazards associated with industrial and emergent robot applications, safety considerations for […]

OSHA Moving Forward with Rulemakings

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has plans to move forward with rulemakings addressing heat illness prevention; infectious disease hazards in healthcare and related industries, including COVID-19; and workplace violence in healthcare and social services, according to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fall 2021 semiannual regulatory agenda, published January 31 (87 Federal Register (FR) […]

North Carolina GHG Executive Order

On January 7, 2022, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order (EO) 246, which affirms “North Carolina’s commitment to a clean energy economy and [directs] next steps in the state’s plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and create economic opportunities for North Carolinians across the state, especially in underserved communities,” states the governor’s […]

On-Site EPA Civil Inspection Rule Rescinded

Effective immediately, the EPA rescinded its March 2, 2020, final rule on the Agency’s procedures for conducting on-site civil inspections on behalf of the EPA.  Because the EPA classifies this rulemaking as procedural rather than substantive, there is no required public comment period. The rescinded rule, promulgated in response to the Trump administration’s Executive Order […]

NY’s Draft Plan to Reach GHG Goals

On December 20, 2021, the New York State Climate Action Council unanimously approved a new draft of its scoping plan to achieve compliance with the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The Act was enacted in 2019 to continuously set increasingly more ambitious goals to reduce statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 60% […]

Supreme Court Issues Stay of OSHA Vaccine-Or-Test ETS

On January 13, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the COVID-19 vaccine-or-test emergency temporary standard (ETS) issued on November 5, 2021, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The rule would require employers with 100 or more employees to implement a program of COVID-19 vaccination or regular testing and face coverings to […]

Cal/OSHA Changes COVID-19 Isolation Period

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has revised requirements for employee isolation and quarantine covered in an update to the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on its COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards (ETSs). Isolation requirements apply to employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, and quarantine requirements apply to employees who have been […]

2022 Regulatory Watchlist

Political pressure is heating up for the Biden administration to make changes to achieve climate change goals through regulatory action. Unfortunately for President Joe Biden, his Build Back Better (BBB) bill, the centerpiece for his domestic policy plan, is in trouble after Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he would not vote for the bill in […]

Supreme Court Hears OSHA ETS Arguments

On January 7, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments concerning the COVID-19 vaccine-or-test emergency temporary standard (ETS) issued in November by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Petitioners, which include business groups and several states, want a federal injunction to block OSHA from implementing and enforcing the emergency rule. OSHA earlier announced plans […]

Time to Get the Lead Out

On December 16, 2021, the Biden-Harris administration released its Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan (LPPAP), which includes a commitment to replace all lead pipes in America within a decade. The plan details the release of $2.9 billion in infrastructure funding and an announcement of upcoming stricter EPA enforcement to protect public health. In conjunction […]