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The House Farm Bill includes language that would codify OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) rule's exemption for retail facilities, an issue that roiled the Obama administration, but the measure's fate is uncertain after House lawmakers failed to approve the underlying bill May 18.

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The Labor Department (DOL) is appealing an OSHA review commission ruling that struck down a citation against a ship repair company for failing to conduct a hazard assessment to determine whether employee respirator use is “necessary,” a move that underscores the agency's long-standing effort to expand enforcement oversight of employee chemical exposures.

Officials in the Agriculture Department’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are defending its proposed swine slaughter rule from Democrats' and labor groups' charges that the measure's plan to increase line speeds and ease inspections jeopardizes workers' safety in an already high-risk industry.

Labor and food safety advocates are urging the Agriculture Department’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to drop its proposed rule that seeks to ease regulations and alter inspection procedures at swine processing facilities, charging the measure would increase risk of contamination and worker injuries and is likely unlawful.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) recent guidance calling for product labels to warn of acute inhalation hazards of paint strippers containing methylene chloride could give EPA an alternative to calls for a first-time ban on some uses of the substance, such as industry calls to promote risk management options.

The Trump administration has moved several Obama-era initiatives that it had previously shelved back onto OSHA's regulatory priorities list, including measures aimed at limiting harms to healthcare workers, first responders, and tree and landscape workers, as well as a chemical hazard communication standard.

Amid lobbying by families of consumers and workers killed from exposure to the paint-stripper chemical methylene chloride, EPA has reversed course, saying it now intends to soon finalize an Obama-era rule expected to ban certain uses of the substance, though environmentalists are cautioning that the final rule should preserve the proposed ban.

Congress has approved a first-time Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution repealing a years-old agency guidance, a measure that appears likely to bolster efforts by deregulatory opponents, who are currently seeking a precedent-setting court ruling that would allow them to enforce the law's mandate that agencies submit such documents to Congress for approval or disapproval.

The Trump administration's upcoming defense of EPA rules implementing the recently revised toxics law will mark one of the first substantive tests for how well new regulations will withstand legal scrutiny after the agency suffered a series of early court losses as they sought to defend other regulatory delays and officials are scrambling to correct perceived flaws in several draft rules.

Despite allowing its advisory committee on whistleblower protections to become defunct, OSHA is planning a series of public meetings to seek public input on protecting whistleblowers, with the first meeting on whistleblower protections in the railroad and trucking sectors scheduled for next month.

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OSHA has issued an interim enforcement guidance to regional administrators instructing them to enforce certain provisions of the agency's beryllium standards, beginning May 11, as agreed to in a recent settlement with industry producers.

New research data from environmental advocacy groups found that under the Trump administration, most Americans believes that corporations are more responsible for protecting the public from toxic chemicals as opposed to regulators like EPA and OSHA, suggesting the groups may intensify their advocacy aimed at the chemical industry.

OSHA in a direct final rule (DFR) is limiting the reach of ancillary provisions of the Obama-era rule updating the agency's beryllium standards for general industry as part of an April 24 settlement agreement that the Trump administration reached with industry petitioners who challenged the regulation in federal court.

A public interest group is ramping up calls for Congress to repeal the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the law that eases lawmakers' ability to repeal OSHA and other agencies' rules, arguing that the Trump administration and Republican's increased use of the tool has eliminated regulatory benefits and that recent attacks on agency guidance is seeking to “greatly expand” the rule's reach.