OSHA Plans to Issue RFI on Standard for 1-Bromopropane in August

Published June 8, 2016

OSHA’s spring 2016 semiannual regulatory agenda projects that the agency will issue a request for information (RFI) in August to explore the need for a permissible exposure limit (PEL) or comprehensive rule for the solvent 1-bromopropane (1-BP), also known as n-propyl bromide. According to OSHA, 1-BP is “an organic solvent used within adhesive formulations, metal surface cleaning operations, and as a solvent in the dry cleaning industry.” The agency previously released a hazard alert with NIOSH warning workers and employers of the dangers of occupational exposure to 1-BP, and in 2014 the National Toxicology Program (NTP) classified 1-BP as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Federal OSHA does not currently have a PEL for 1-BP.

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

  • In October, OSHA plans to end its review of its Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. The review began in 2009. OSHA will issue findings regarding the continued need for the rule; whether it overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other federal, state, or local regulations; and the degree to which technology, economic conditions, or other factors may have changed since the rule was evaluated.
  • The occupational exposure to beryllium standard remains in the proposed rule stage. OSHA expects to analyze comments from its notice of proposed rulemaking and public hearing this month.
  • OSHA plans to release a request for information next month regarding its new regulatory project to revoke a small number of obsolete PELs.
  • The combustible dust standard for general industry remains in the prerule stage, and OSHA has pushed back plans to initiate the small-business review from August to October 2016.

In addition, MSHA plans to publish a proposed rule to address miners’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica in September 2016. According to the regulatory agenda, MSHA intends to use OSHA’s work on the health effects and risk assessment of silica and adapt it for the mining industry.

For more information, view the spring 2016 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.