Federal regulatory agencies are required by law to issue
semiannual summaries of regulations expected to have a significant
economic impact. In 2012, like every year, those regulations were
to have been issued in April and October. Well, they weren't.
Instead, one summary was published Dec. 21, 2012 (the Friday before
Christmas). The law simply was ignored.
I suppose we should be grateful for small favors. We now have
seen the agenda, and to put it politely, a small army of speed
readers would hang themselves before they were able to finish
The rules will come, and they will keep coming. During the past
90 days alone, 5,500 proposed regulations have been issued by
We now know our friends at the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) have a busy year planned. Expect to see a
notice of proposed rule making regarding worker exposure to silica
(found in cement products) in May, new reporting requirements for
tracking ergonomic injuries, and at least more discussion about
what OSHA calls its Injury and Illness Protection Program (I2P2)
whereby employers must identify hazards in the workplace and find
solutions for them regardless of whether they are regulated
separately. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for I2P2 is...
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