Sustained Outrage

OSHA continues delay of combustible dust rule

We’ve written many times before about the continued delays and inaction by the Obama administration regarding the well-known dangers of combustible dust in the workplace (see here, here, here and here).

And this week, with publication — finally — of the administration’s spring regulatory agenda, we see again very little evidence of any progress by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration on this issue.

Now, remember that OSHA has not had a timeline for actually publishing a proposed rule, let alone a final version. The last we heard, in the agency’s December regulatory agenda, was that OSHA hoped to convene a “Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act” review of the issue in October 2013. But now, the new regulatory agenda shows that even that review has been delayed a month, with a starting date now listed as November 2013.