Broker Check

Changes to OSHA Standards

July 13, 2021

A post on the First, Verify website ( discusses new OSHA regulations currently in the final rule stage. Although mostly affecting construction, some of these new rules have wider applications.

  • Heat illness prevention - with record or near-record heat waves, this should be a high priority for all outdoor work.
  • Communication tower safety - construction and maintenance work on towers has had a high fatality rate, and the need for them is growing.
  • Enhanced workplace illness and injury tracking, with anti-retaliation provisions to encourage reporting.
  • Hazardous material standards for lead and silica.
  • Personal protection equipment in construction.
  • Welding cutting standards amended with a "confined space" definition.