>  OSHA Announces 2014 Regulatory Priorities

​The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which includes OSHA, has issued its Fall 2013 Regulatory Agenda. The document includes 28 OSHA-related items.

The labor department says the regulations it is pursuing in 2014 are part of a plan/prevent/protect approach, “designed to ensure employers and other regulated entities are in full compliance with the law every day, not just when the Department of Labor engages an employer.”

The DOL is emphasizing greater openness and transparency by giving employers, workers, and others greater access to information concerning workplace conditions and expectations. The goal, says the department, is for compliance to become a more cooperative exercise.

The DOL is currently engaged in a review of existing rules to analyze whether they significantly reduce burdens on small businesses. This will continue in the new year.

OSHA anticipates several new final rules in 2014. Click here to read more.

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