New Regulation Interpretation and Assistance

There have been several new or revised OSHA regulations published recently that can affect organizations. These include new requirements pertaining to injury and illness recordkeeping, walking and working surfaces/fall protection, and respirable crystalline silica (for both “general industry” and “construction”).

There are also new regulations in various stages of rulemaking, like that for beryllium and beryllium compounds in construction and shipyards, and others.

A number of organizations might be holding their breath, waiting to see what will happen with a new OSHA administration Others have decided to investigate potential impacts upon their organizations, or to move forward with the development of programs that are responsive to the new rules, even if they might be delayed.  

When will YOUR organization need to start reporting injuries and illnesses electronically to OSHA? What special actions might YOUR company need to take to comply with the new walking and working surfaces rule? (Expectations are higher than before.)

One especially impactful new OSHA rule is about occupational exposures to Respirable Crystalline Silica. There is a rule that pertains to the construction industry, and a rule that pertains to “general industry.” The Construction rule has received a lot of attention in the media, through trade groups, Unions, other associations and organizations. There are many helpful “tools” that exist to help construction firms implement the rule. However, the rule that will apply to General Industry has other implications. There are several practical issues that many organizations will need to work through, if subject to the General Industry rule. Sixth Sense Safety Solutions staff have helped organizations to assess silica related exposures, develop exposure control plans, and otherwise help develop OSHA-compliant programs.

Wondering how or if different OSHA rules apply (or may apply) to you? Don’t want to get caught short? Contact Sixth Sense Safety Solutions today to discuss what’s going on and how we can help you!


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