Fall 2013 Regulatory Agenda Details OSHA's Rulemaking Plans

Published December 4, 2013

​On Nov. 26, the federal government released its fall 2013 semiannual regulatory agenda, which outlines the regulatory actions that each agency intends to pursue and states expectations of when key elements of the rulemaking process are expected to be completed. Following are some of the highlights of OSHA's recent activity.

Last month, OSHA issued a new proposed rule to improve occupational health and safety through better tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The proposed rule would amend current recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information that employers are already required to keep under the agency’s existing standards. The public comment period for this proposal is currently open; comments are due to OSHA by Feb. 6, 2014. For more information, see the Federal Register notice.

OSHA is also moving on its occupational exposure to crystalline silica standard. In September, the agency issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), outlining its proposal of a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica. In late October, OSHA extended the public comment period on the NPRM. The new deadline to submit written comments and testimony is Jan. 27, 2014.

Following are a few other items of interest from OSHA's latest regulatory agenda:

For more information, view the fall 2013 agency rule list, which includes all of OSHA's rulemaking priorities, as well as the status of rules from other agencies under the Department of Labor.