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OSHA will soon forward for White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review a proposed safety certification rule for crane operators on construction sites, one of several updates the agency is weighing to bolster its standard, though an operator certification group is questioning whether the rule will be out before a compliance deadline next year.

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A coalition of chemical, agricultural and other industry groups are urging the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to return EPA's proposed risk management plan (RMP) facility safety rule for further review to the agency, claiming that officials failed to properly analyze the costs and benefits of the revised policy.

OSHA Chief David Michaels appears undeterred by the prospect that recently-issued OSHA rules may face rollback from the incoming Donald Trump administration, saying that the agency is still working to issue new rules, including an overhaul of its standard for protecting workers from exposure to beryllium, among others.

A federal judge has rejected industry's request for a nationwide preliminary injunction against OSHA's new injury and illness reporting rule, set to take effect Dec. 1, ruling that plaintiffs failed to show an injunction is necessary to prevent irreparable harm and is in the public interest, though he did not preclude a future ruling in industry's favor on the merits.

Industry officials are urging OSHA to extend an early December comment deadline on a portion of a proposed rule that seeks to expand when the agency's safety standard applies to power equipment that is shut off during repair work, charging the plan raises procedural and cost concerns, though one lawyer says the Trump administration will likely block the change.

The Obama administration's novel decision to conditionally register a nanosilver pesticide while mitigating risks to exposed workers faced a series of questions from a panel of appellate judges during recent oral argument on whether the agency could prove that its registration would not result in increased releases or is in the public interest.

The Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Inspector General (IG) is again criticizing OSHA's measures for demonstrating that its inspections are improving compliance with its rules, as well as worker health and safety, providing ammunition for a widely expected rollback of agency rules and enforcement under a Donald Trump administration.

Construction industry groups are urging a federal appeals court to vacate OSHA's recent overhaul of its silica standards because the agency failed to provide evidence that the rule is needed or is feasible, an argument that if successful would bolster a widely expected push by the incoming Trump administration to rollback President Obama's signature worker safety rule.

Chemical industry officials are "hopeful" that incoming Trump officials will drop Obama administration plans to issue a trio of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 6(a) rules to ban or further restrict chemicals that harm workers, undercutting efforts to exercise the once-rare authority over “existing” chemicals.

State regulators are seeking to delay by one year implementation of a rule that seeks to harmonize EPA's farmworker protection standards (WPS) with OSHA requirements, arguing the agency failed to finalize adequate training and enforcement guidance for the rule and that the extra time is vital to provide that assistance.

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A congressional conference committee has dropped legislative language from the fiscal year 2017 Defense Authorization bill that sought to block implementation of a rule requiring consideration of health and safety and other labor law violations in procurement after a federal court temporarily halted the rule this fall.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has finished reviewing an OSHA request for information (RFI) from the public to assist the agency in determining whether to craft a violence-prevention standard for the healthcare sector, signaling OSHA will soon issue the request though any standard is not likely in the Trump administration.

OSHA is poised to promulgate its long-awaited final rule aimed at limiting slips, trips and falls in the general industry category, a measure the agency says is intended to curb injuries and fatalities for 112 million workers at 7 million workplaces though the measure could face stiff resistance from the Trump administration and GOP lawmakers.

The American Staffing Association (ASA) is committing to working with representatives of temporary workers in implementing a renewed alliance with OSHA aimed at bolstering safety for temps, and also pushing back against advocates' criticism that the staffing industry has not adequately pressed protections under the alliance.