After a court rejected MSHA’s 2018 changes to its metal/non-metal workplace examination rule, tomorrow (Monday) MSHA will publish an announcement that reinstates the 2017 rule. The notice serves to “recognize[] the legal effect of the court order” and revise the rule to comply. Here are the key takeaways.

Continue Reading MSHA reinstates its 2017 workplace exam rule to comply with court order

Just before the Labor Day holiday, the Mine Safety and Health Administration published a long-expected silica request for information (RFI) on possible further regulatory action to address silica (most often found as quartz) in workplaces. From past statements by current MSHA officials and the text of the RFI, it remains unclear how fast or how far MSHA may go in further the regulating exposures to one of the most commonly-found elements on Earth.

Continue Reading MSHA moves ahead on silica RFI but leaves all options open

As manufacturing technology has evolved, the industry has long waited for OSHA regulations to catch up. In particular, lockout/tagout requirements (LOTO) have never allowed the latest control circuit technologies to protect workers. In addition, until now, OSHA has not addressed safety issues involving the latest wave of robotics in the workplace. That change now appears to be underway.

Continue Reading Would you like electronic lockout/tagout? Do you use robots? OSHA needs to hear from you!

In a little-noticed “information collection” notice, MSHA asked for public comment about whether its petition for modification process is necessary, practical, or burdensome. Last week, Husch Blackwell’s Mining Coalition weighed in with ideas for how MSHA can reform the process.

Continue Reading How can the petition for modification process be reformed? The Mining Coalition weighs in.

OSHA is surely bracing for new oversight as the new Congress gets down to business. Who will be the key players? What oversight and enforcement pressures will OSHA face? New people, new priorities, and new legislative initiatives are already here.

Continue Reading The view from DC: OSHA and its congressional overseers get new staff leaders as new OSHA bill would increase enforcement