OSHA's Public Hearing on Hazard Communication Regulation Changes, and More


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA requests input on hazard communication updates

Back in February, OSHA issued a proposed rule to update the regulations on hazard communication. The agency now plans to ask for feedback to the proposed changes during an informal public hearing on September 21. Interested participants can sign up to testify or question witnesses by submitting their notice by June 18.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

USDA prohibits removal of maximum line speeds in pork processing industry

After a controversial 2019 ruling to revoke the current maximum line speed for pork processing plants, the USDA is setting a new mandate. The agency is now accepting a March court ruling that prohibits the removal of the maximum line speeds. Establishments operating under the New Swine Inspection System should return to prior maximum line speeds by June 30.

Studies, resources, trends, news

Heat safety topics

An article from Industrial Safety & Hygiene News provides information on heat illness hazards and several considerations for controls. The article promotes a combination of new cooling technology with standard methods, including breaks, cold water and light clothing.

The pandemic’s impact on safety

An EHS Today article shares stories from multiple companies about the effects the COVID-19 pandemic had on their safety department. The article also discusses protocols that will be carried forward and how the safety culture has permanently been changed.

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