Magazine article Occupational Hazards

OSHA Spring 2008: Agenda Published in Federal Register

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

OSHA Spring 2008: Agenda Published in Federal Register

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OSHA's semiannual regulatory agenda, published recently in the Federal Register, listed seven hazard topics, many of which have garnered much public interest in recent years.

In December 2007, OSHA spokesperson Sharon Worthy told OccupatiOnal Hazards that they will post "only the most significant items" online in the Federal Register. Agenda items included:

* In the fall 2007 agenda, OSHA said it would complete a complete peer review of crystalline silica's health effects and risk assessment by January 2008. The current agenda indicates that this review has been pushed back to August 2008.

* OSHA completed a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act (SBREFA) report in January 2008 for the beryllium rule. A complete peer review of health effects and risk assessment for this hazard is slated for November.

* Methylene chloride, under a section 610 review to consider the continued need for the rule or if it overlaps, duplicates or conflicts with other federal or state regulations, will be given an end review in November.

* Occupational exposure to diacetyl, as well as food flavorings that contain the agent, appeared on the agenda for the first time in fall 2007. …

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