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OSHA deregulation continues: New 2018 fed agenda shows slowdown in new rules.

Updated: May 11, 2018

The Trump administration has released its regulatory agenda for 2018, showing a big slowdown in new rules across the board. For OSHA, there are just over two dozen new rules that are still in the works.

The feds released the Unified Agenda of Regulatory & Deregulatory Actions for Fall 2017. The agenda reports on the actions that administrative agencies (such as OSHA) plan to issue in the near and long-term.

Trump’s administration projects the following regulatory developments for 2018:

Agencies (such as OSHA) plan to finalize three deregulatory actions for every new regulatory action. That’s more than the two-to-one plan President Trump announced in an executive order last year.

Nearly 1,580 federal regulations have been withdrawn or delayed.

OSHA currently has 16 regulations in various stages of the Department of Labor’s Fall 2017 rule list, including:

- Communication Tower Safety (in the pre-rule stage, with the next action expected to be in March 2018)

- Mechanical Power Press Update (pre-rule stage, March 2018)

- Powered Industrial Trucks (pre-rule, January 2018)

- Lockout/Tagout Update (pre-rule, April 2018)

- Blood Lead Level for Medical Removal (pre-rule, July 2018)

- Amendments to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard (proposed rule stage, September 2018)

- Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Exemption Expansions for Railroad Roadway Work (proposed, December 2017)

- Puerto Rico State Plan (proposed, June 2018)

-Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (proposed, December 2017)

- Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (final rule stage, September 2018)

- Standards Improvement Project IV (final, February 2018)

- Quantitative Fit Testing Protocol: Amendment to the Final Rule on Respiratory Protection (final, September 2018)

- Crane Operator Qualification in Construction (final, November 2017)

- Technical Corrections to 16 OSHA Standards (final, February 2018), and

- Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (final, November 2017).

Other regs listed as ‘long-term’ actions

OSHA has also listed long-term regulatory actions, such as:

- Occupational Injury & Illness Recording & Reporting Requirements – Musculoskeletal Disorders Column

- Infectious Diseases

- Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major Chemical Accidents

- Shipyard Fall Protection – Scaffolds, Ladders and Other Working Surfaces

- Emergency Response and Preparedness

- Update to the Hazard Communication Standard

- Tree Care Standard, and

- Prevention of Workplace Violence in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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