Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and no longer represents OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.

Priorities of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
February 5, 1996

Priorities Identified by the Priority
Planning Process For Development of
Action Plans for Regulatory or Non-Regulatory Action:

Asphalt Fumes
Commercial Diving Safety
Crane and Hoist Safety
Diesel Exhaust
Hazardous Medications
Metalworking/Machining Fluids +
Motor Vehicle Safety
Noise/Hearing Conservation +
Occupational Asthma (including an emphasis on Latex Allergy)
Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing
PELs for Air Contaminants (continuation of initiative) +
Power Transmission & Distribution for Construction +
Reproductive Hazards
Silica (Crystalline) +
Synthetic Mineral Fibers
Welding, Cutting, and Brazing
Workplace Violence


Other agency priority initiatives, including enforcement and outreach efforts designed to protect workers from the leading causes of occupational injury, illness and death, will not be displaced by new priorities. For example, significant emphasis will continue to be placed on Fall Protection, Confined Spaces, Lockout/Tagout, Machine Guarding, PPE, Asbestos, Bloodborne Pathogens, and various other safety and health standards and non-regulatory initiatives.

Current Regulatory Agenda:

Abatement Verification (F)
Access/Egress, Shipyards (F)
Butadiene (F)
Chromium (P)
Eliminating and Improving Regulations (P)*
Ergonomics (P)
General Working Conditions, Shipyards (P)
Glycol Ethers (F)
Grain Handling (P) (10/19/95)
Longshoring/Marine Terminals (F)
Methylene Chloride (F)
Paperwork Reduction Act Initiatives
PELs for Air Contaminants (P) [initial group]
Personal Protective Equipment, Shipyards (F)
Recordkeeping (P)
Respiratory Protection (F)
Revision of 6(a) Standards (P)*
Safety and Health Programs (P)*
Scaffolds, Construction (F)
Scaffolds, Shipyards (F)
Steel Erection (P)
Tuberculosis (P)
Slip, Trip and Fall Hazards (F)

Long Term:

Industrial Trucks (P)
Lockout/Tagout, Construction (P)
Confined Spaces, Construction (P)
Confined Spaces, General Industry (Rescue)(F)
Fire Protection, Shipyards (P)
HAZWOPER (Training Accreditation)
Indoor Air Quality

+ = Future Rulemaking Action to be initiated when existing regulatory calendar items are completed and resources become available;
(P) = Proposed Rulemaking
(F) = Final Rulemaking
* = Presidential Initiative
Presidential Initiatives:

Choice Between Partnership & Traditional Enforcement:

Nationalize "Maine 200" Concept
Focused Inspections for Employers with Strong Safety and Health Programs
Incentives for Employers with Safety and Health Programs (penalty adjustments)
Employee Participation in Safety and Health Efforts

Common Sense Regulation (Regulatory Strategy):

Priority Planning Process (recurring as necessary)
Logical Framework of Basic Building Blocks
Improve, Update, and Eliminate Confusing & Out of Date Standards
Emphasize Plain Language/ User Friendly Rules
Increased Interaction with Stakeholders
Improvements to Hazard Communication Standard
New Approaches to New Hazards
OSHA Involvement in Non-Traditional Sectors

Results, Not Red Tape (Focus on Most Serious Hazards & Most Dangerous Workplaces):
Field Office Redesign - Getting Results and Improving Performance (GRIP)
Strengthen OSHA's Partnership with State Programs
"Quick Fix" - Incentives for Fixing Hazards Quickly
Improvements in Inspection Targeting System
Compliance Assistance/Information Technology
Revised OSHA Performance Measurement Systems

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and no longer represents OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.