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OSHA Awaits Budget Office Go-Ahead To Issue Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

OSHA took a key step forward in its regulatory plan to require larger companies to electronically report workplace injuries and illnesses, with the data later being posted to an online database, by sending the rule for White House review -- a clear signal OSHA fully intends to issue the rule while time remains in the Obama administration.

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OSHA should continue strengthening the heavily burdened whistleblower protection program, partly by better monitoring effectiveness and setting performance metrics, the Labor Department's internal watchdog says -- conclusions backed by OSHA, even as the agency finds fault with some of the findings in a new report.

Employer representatives are urging White House budget officials to review OSHA policy regarding enforcement deadlines for labeling chemicals under the hazard communication (hazcom) standard, as they say the rule does not give companies enough time to meet the regulations' complex data collection requirements.

OSHA's new inspection weighting system, which assigns numerical values to different types of inspections in an effort to better allocate tight enforcement resources, partly aims to help field staff devote time to probes in areas lacking specific OSHA standards, such as ergonomics, according to an internal agency memo obtained by Inside OSHA Online.

Agriculture workers are getting new protections from toxic chemicals to align with other industries, as the Environmental Protection Agency finalized changes to its pesticide worker protection standards (WPS), including backing advocates' calls to bar anyone under age 18 from handling pesticides -- despite objections from industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

OSHA charges that an Illinois recycling company overexposed workers to lead and cadmium and violated several of the agency's standards, with proposed fines totaling $114,800 -- action that comes as worker advocacy groups call attention to safety and health issues in the recycling industry in general, with chemical exposures from breaking down electronics a central concern.