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Occupational Safety and Health Administration Updates:

Oct 15, 2019


Revisions to OSHA Beryllium Standards for Construction and Shipyards

On September 30, OSHA finalized its June 27, 2017 proposal to revise the construction and shipyards standards.

The final rule does not implement the proposal to revoke all of the standards’ ancillary provisions; but extends the compliance dates for the ancillary provisions to September 2020 to account for OSHA’s new proposal to revise or remove specific provisions; and maintains enforcement of the permissible exposure limit.

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New Weighting System for Workplace Safety and Health Inspections

OSHA recently implemented the OSHA Weighting System (OWS) for fiscal year (FY) 2020.

OWS will encourage the appropriate allocation of resources to support OSHA’s balanced approach of promoting safe and healthy workplaces and continue to develop and support a management system that focuses enforcement activities on critical and strategic areas where the agency’s efforts can have the most impact.

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New Respirator Fit-testing Protocols

Effective September 26, OSHA released a final rule providing employers with two new fit testing protocols that ensure employee respirators fit properly.

These two quantitative methods add to the existing four found in Appendix A of OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard, which contains mandatory respirator fit-testing protocols that employers must choose from to protect employees from hazardous airborne contaminants. The rule does not require employers in general industries, shipyard employment, and construction to update or replace their current fit testing methods and does not impose additional costs.

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