In a recent OSHA update mailer, the Assistant Secretary of Labor, David Michaels, laid out the standards they are planning to publish both this year and in 2013. For this year they are planning standards for: confined spaces in construction, electric power, and consultation agreements. They don’t specifically call it out but, from what I’ve been told the electric power reference is likely to be the revised 1910.269 Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution standard they’ve been promising for at least 5 or 6 years. Depending on how the standard reads it may have minimal effect since most of the utility industry has already moved into FR – but with OSHA you never know. I’ll keep you posted as more information comes to light.
One of the standards scheduled for high profile activity in 2013 includes combustible dust. How far this one goes will depend on many factors including the OSHA budget and what priority it gets relative to some of the other standards working their way through OSHA bureaucracy. I’ll keep you updated as information comes in, but don’t hold your breath. I was told the 1910.269 (Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution) standard was coming out any time now when I started in 2006 and you see where it stands. We can only hope the combustible dust standard goes down a faster track.
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