The agenda, issued by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs twice a year, gives the status of projected dates for all potential regulations listed in three stages: pre-rule, proposed rule and final rule.
OSHA has four regulations listed in the final rule stage, three of which are holdovers from the spring agenda:
“The settlement agreement requires OSHA to propose a rule to expand exemptions affecting railroad roadway work by providing an additional exemption from the crane standard for a particular class of track maintenance hoisting equipment and partial exemptions from, or alternate work practices in lieu of, particular requirements of the cranes standard,” the abstract of the regulatory agenda entry states.
The agency is expected to issue this final rule in May.
Two OSHA regulations were completed since the previous regulatory agenda:
A pair of OSHA regulations have been added to the list of standards in the proposed rule stage. One seeks to update the Safety Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks. The agency currently is using ANSI's 1969 safety standard. An NPRM could be issued as early as January.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration has only one final rule listed on the agenda. The regulation addresses refuge alternatives for underground coal mines and is a long-term holdover from previous agendas.
An agency rule concerning diesel exhaust exposure in underground mines has moved to the pre-rule stage from long-term actions. MSHA also has moved a retrospective study of its respirable coal mine dust rule into long-term actions, meaning the agency does not plan to take any action on the potential regulation over the next 12 months.