What’s Changing with OSHA Regulations in 2015?

In 2015, OSHA plans to create some new regulations while updating some old ones.
Federal agencies released their Fall 2014 regulatory agendas. OSHA plans to issue three final rules in 2015:
1. Confined Spaces in Construction: Although OSHA already has confined space regulations for general industry, it does not have rules for the construction industry This proposed standard would extend protection to workers in construction. This will be implemented by March 2015.
2. Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slip, Trips and Fall Prevention): This standard to protect workers from slip, trip and fall hazards has been languishing in the rulemaking process since 1990. This standard will go into effect in June 2015.
3. Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses: This rule would require larger employers to submit electronic versions of their injury and illness logs and make these records public. This rule is expected to go into effect in August 2015.

Source: Safety/News Alert

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