Tag: OSHA


Beryllium Final Rule 101

OSHA has released a final rule to address worker exposure to beryllium. It is used in specialty alloys and beryllium oxide ceramics and composites. It can be found in consumer electronics and satellite communication modules. It is also contained in certain slags, such as coal and copper slags, which can be used in abrasive blasting. Employees who […]


Beryllium Proposed Rule

OSHA has released a new proposed rule to protect worker exposure to beryllium. Beryllium is used in specialty alloys and beryllium oxide ceramics and composites. It can be found in consumer electronics and satellite communication modules. Employees who inhale beryllium particles are at risk of developing chronic beryllium disease (CBD). CBD is incurable, debilitation and […]


New Year, New OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Rules

Federal OSHA has made two significant changes in their revision of the recordkeeping rule. 1.)    OSHA has updated the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to keep OSHA injury and illness records. The previous list was based on the Standard Industrial Classification System (SIC) codes. The new list of industries that are […]


Combustible Dust Continues to be Misunderstood and Poorly Managed

By: Patricia A. Mason, P.E. This week a dust explosion at a grain handling plant in Flagstaff, Arizona injured four American workers.  This follows last month’s explosion at a car parts factory in China which killed 75 people.  The hazards of combustible dust continue to be a serious threat and continue to be poorly understood […]


Department of Labor's Regulatory Agenda Published, Includes OSHA Changes

On May 23, 2014 the full semiannual regulatory agenda for federal agencies was published.  The regulatory agenda for the Department of Labor includes a total of twenty six regulatory entries for OSHA-specific actions. Nine of these regulatory actions are in the prerule stage, seven are in the proposed rule stage and ten of these specific […]