In this short video, I break down the effective dates for all 2017 OSHA rules. This includes the new record keeping laws, anti-retaliation laws, drug screening rules, whistleblower laws, emphasis on incentive programs, beryllium PEL limits, silica PEL limits, walking-working surfaces, electronic submission of OSHA 300 logs and certified vs. qualified crane operators in construction.
Before you drastically change your operations, you may want to take a look at some of these basic elements on complying with the new silica standards set forth by OSHA.
OSHA’s New Silica PEL is Half the Previous Limit for General Industry and 5 Times Lower than the Previous Limit for Construction.
For decades, Silica has accounted for numerous fatalities and chronic illness. The original rule on Silica was established in 1971 and despite the science and years of data pointing to flaws in the original PEL's (personal exposure limits), the rule has not budged. In fact, NIOSH has been stating the original rule has been out of sync with the science since 1974 studies proved as much.
However, now in 2016, OSHA finally passed their final rule on what has been a very political subject. One that the agency estimates will save more than 600 lives and prevent more than 900 cases of silicosis every, single year. In order to make this happen, they have lowered the PEL to half the previous limit for general industry and 5 times lower than the previous limit for construction (50 micro grams per cubic meter of air averaged during an 8-hour shift).
OSHA Focuses Inspection Efforts on Ergonomics & Process Safety Management in High Hazard & Health Workplace Industries (*See Lists Below)
OSHA is adding yet another Regional Emphasis Program (REP) to their list of already active inspection programs. The most recent REP has an effective date of January 25, 2016 and will last through (at a minimum, September 30, 2016). Though this will likely be renewed for a longer time frame. Below are the two main areas of emphasis you need to be educated on regarding this new emphasis program