OSHA’s Construction Safety Agenda

Here’s a look at the PPE-focused rules pending among the 19 other regulatory proposals at OSHA. The links provide a summary from OSHA and expected next action dates, which are rarely correct.

Pre-Rule Stage 

Heat Illness Prevention 
This initiates a dialogue and engagement with stakeholders to explore the potential for rulemaking on this topic.

Proposed Rule Stage

PPE Fit for Construction
This is the top priority. We should see action this spring.

Infectious Diseases
This would protect employees in healthcare, emergency response, correctional facilities, and more.

Tree Care
OSHA began this in 2016.  It would create a new standard for arborists.

Communication Tower Climbing
OSHA is putting the pedal to the metal (well, as much as OSHA can) on this one.  Action could come this year, not in 2024 as posted.

Emergency Response
This would reorganize and update how OSHA regulates aspects of emergency response and preparedness. We should see this in late 2023.

Final Rule Stage

Improved tracking of workplace Injuries and illnesses – Final rule this Spring

Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings – Final rule this Spring




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