Late last week, the Fall 2015 regulatory agenda was released. In the agenda, which gives a timeline for the Administration’s rulemaking efforts, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicated that they plan to have a final rule for Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica completed by February 2016. This is the first indication that OSHA is winding up its review of the rule. In order to hit the targeted February 2016 date, they will likely have to turn the rule over to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for official review in the coming weeks. The rule faced an unusually high level of scrutiny by OMB during the proposed rule phase with OMB reviewing the proposal for over two years, rather than the typical 30-90 days, prior to letting OSHA move forward with the proposal. It is necessary for the Administration to finalize this rule early in 2016 so that it can avoid any potential challenges to the rule from a new Administration. We will continue to monitor this rule, and provide updates as they become necessary.
To review the full regulatory agenda, click here
To view the crystalline silica agenda, click here