The Occupational Safety & Health Reporter™ provides complete news coverage and documentation of federal and state occupational safety and health programs, standards, legislation, regulations,...
By Sam Pearson
OSHA may be finished reviewing the beryllium rule after sending a proposed rule to the White House for review April 27.
The action could be a precursor to publication of a new proposed rule more favorable to industry organizations. At the same time, the rule may not reduce exposure to beryllium as much as the previous regulation, which was estimated to prevent 94 worker deaths per year.
Records show the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent a proposed beryllium rule ( RIN:1218-AB76) to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. The agency had previously delayed the rule, citing concerns raised by the construction and shipyard industries they were improperly included in the regulation.
In public comments to OSHA filed March 13, the Abrasives Blasting Manufacturers Alliance said the industry “is already extensively regulated, and there is no evidence that the existing regulations are in any way insufficient to protect workers.”
In 2015, OSHA issued a proposed rule containing only a general industry standard, but asked for more information on whether construction and shipyard workers should also be included.
Under the Administrative Procedure Act, OSHA will have to publish a new proposed rule in the Federal Register after it is approved by OMB. The agency will have to cite a basis for weakening the standards, which will likely face legal challenges from labor organizations and other groups.
Michael Wright, health and safety director for the United Steelworkers union, told Bloomberg BNA April 28 he had not seen the proposed rule, but believed it involved loosening or eliminating the standard for shipyards and construction.
“Courts have a history of looking very skeptically at proposals to remove worker rights and remove worker protections and make things less safe for workers,” Wright said. “If what they propose actually makes things less safe for workers, we’re going to fight it every step of the way in every venue.”
OSHA representatives did not respond to a Bloomberg BNA request for comment April 28.
To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Pearson in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Connolly at PConnolly@bna.com
Copyright © 2017 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)