Notice of Rulemaking: Board of Occupational Safety and Health Bookmark and Share

August 3, 2017

AGENCY: 12-179 - Department of Labor (DOL), Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS), Board of Occupational Safety and Health

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 2, Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry Employment in the Public Sector

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2017-P094

and

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 3, Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction Industry Employment in the Public Sector

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2017-P095

BRIEF SUMMARY: To update the rule to incorporate changes to the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, 29 CPR, Part 1910 and 29 CPR, Part 1926, for Chapters 2 and 3, respectively, in accord with 26 MRS 565.

PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled

COMMENT DEADLINE: Friday, September 1, 2017

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING / SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT INFORMATION / DOL RULEMAKING LIAISON: Jeanne St. Pierre Department of Labor, 54 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0054. Telephone: (207) 621-5096. Email: Jeanne.StPierre@Maine.gov .

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any):

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 26 MRS 565

AGENCY WEBSITE: http://www.maine.gov/labor/ .

The Notice of Rulemaking is posted http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices/2017/080217.html

Links to the text of the proposed rules are available below.

The rules changes address the following OSHA regulations:

1910 – General Industry, Changes as of June 1, 2017

New: Walking, Working Surfaces

Compliance Schedule

Most of the rule became effective January 17, 2017 in private sector.

https://www.osha.gov/walking-working-surfaces

1926 – Construction Industry, Changes as of 06/01/2017

New: Silica

Compliance Schedule

Both standards (1910 and 1926) contained in the final rule took effect on June 23, 2016, after which industries have one to five years to comply with most requirements, based on the following schedule:

Construction—June 23, 2017, one year after the effective date-However, OSHA has delayed until September 23, 2017.

General Industry—June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date.

https://www.osha.gov/silica/

Supporting documents

BOSH Proposed Rules Chapter 2

BOSH Proposed Rules Chapter 3