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The federal Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is renewing its long-standing recommendation that OSHA craft rules subjecting onshore oil and gas drilling operations to a specific safety standard following an investigation into a fatal 2018 rig explosion in Oklahoma.

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Environmental and labor groups are suggesting they will sue the agency if it proceeds with its proposed training program for commercial users of paint-stripping products containing methylene chloride, charging the agency has failed to justify its approach after the Obama administration found the chemical posed unreasonable risks to workers.

The House Education and Labor Committee has approved on bipartisan lines a bill that would set speedy deadlines for OSHA to adopt standards aimed at limiting workplace violence in the healthcare and social service sectors, though the measure faces limited prospects in the Republican-controlled Senate which is unlikely to consider the bill.

Democratic state attorneys general (AG) and other groups are urging a federal court to vacate the Trump administration’s rule rolling back OSHA’s electronic reporting and record-keeping requirements, arguing the rollback is not justified, is “plagued” by errors and otherwise violates administrative law.

EPA has approved an alternative disposal method for asbestos-containing pipe under the agency’s air toxics rules for asbestos, despite a labor group’s concerns that the new practice might not comply with OSHA requirements.

A Senate panel is gearing up for a new round of debate on reauthorizing the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, but senators signaled during a June 4 roundtable that while they agree on the need for a long-term extension, they remain divided over how much flexibility to provide.

Labor unions and other groups challenging the Trump EPA’s framework rule on how the agency evaluates existing chemicals under the revised toxics law say that ongoing risks from legacy and other uses of substances currently being assessed show that they have standing to challenge the rule’s provision allowing the agency to preclude such uses from assessments.

California lawmakers are advancing legislation that would specify an early 2020 deadline for Cal/OSHA to adopt a much tighter airborne lead exposure limit for workers, and establish that a blood-lead level of 20 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dl) or higher is a serious violation triggering Cal/OSHA investigations.

A Texas refiner is petitioning a federal appellate court to review a controversial ruling from OSHA’s review panel that industry attorneys say “dramatically” expands the agency’s process safety management (PSM) rule's applicability to boilers and other “interconnected” units.

As it weighs how and whether to adopt Obama-era worker injury and illness electronic reporting requirements, Cal/OSHA is facing questions over whether it has adequate resources to establish the infrastructure required for such a system, which could prove to be a deciding factor in whether the state opts to pursue a formal rulemaking.

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President Trump’s nominee to lead OSHA, Scott Mugno, could soon be confirmed by the Senate after Republicans moved unilaterally to scale back debate rules that had required 30 hours of debate on judicial and executive branch nominees before any votes to now only require two hours.

A Marine Corps veteran asking the Supreme Court to scrap its practice of deferring to OSHA and other agencies on their regulatory interpretations says the justices should reject the Trump administration’s push for a scaled-back deference doctrine, arguing such an outcome would have “bizarre, if not destructive” consequences.

A group of 34 House Democrats is urging Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to reinstate the Obama administration's 2016 final recordkeeping and reporting rule which required employers to submit to OSHA reports on workplace illnesses and injuries but which the Trump administration has scaled back to address what it says are privacy concerns.

The White House has completed its review of EPA’s rule limiting use of methylene chloride in paint strippers, clearing the way for the agency to issue a first-time measure targeting an existing chemical under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) though critics say it fails to adequately protect workers and falls short of an Obama plan.