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November 20, 2018
OSHA recently promulgated a final rule to ensure the competency of crane operators through training, certification or licensing, and evaluation. The overlap between requirements in the preexisting standard and the amendments, as well as the changes that are now in effect, has caused confusion among employers, which OSHA has attempted to address with a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document.

November 19, 2018
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently published a fact sheet on hazards faced by workers in the oil and gas (O&G) extraction sector. One such hazard is exposure to diesel exhaust (DE), which contains diesel particulate matter (DPM).

November 15, 2018
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) recently reported that after a general decline between 2007 and 2013, the rate of occupational fatalities in the state steadily increased through 2016. Among racial/ethnic groups, fatalities to workers identified as Hispanic or Latino were “persistently higher” when compared to other racial/ethnic groups.

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November 16, 2018 (Proposed Rule) - The internet has become the means for disseminating the entirety of the Department of Labor's semiannual regulatory agenda. However, the Regulatory Flexibility Act requires publication of a regulatory flexibility agenda in the Federal Register. This Federal Register notice contains the regulatory flexibility agenda.

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OSHA Challenge
Under OSHA's final crane operator certification rule published on November 9, which of the following would qualify as an acceptable operator certification?
• A certification that specifies the type of crane only
• A certification that specifies the type and lifting capacity of the crane
• A certification that specifies the lifting capacity of the crane only
• Either A or B
• All of the above
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