Regulations for worker safety, veterans and a New Mexico salamander are on the way.
Here’s what’s coming out in Wednesday’s issue of the Federal Register:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is making two changes to its standards for working with mechanical power presses, which punch or shape metal in some industrial shops.
The agency is requiring employers to keep records about maintenance and repairs made to the machines during routine inspections but eliminating a requirement that they keep records about weekly inspections and tests.
“This rulemaking is part of the Department of Labor's initiative to reduce paperwork burden,” OSHA said. It predicted that the change in rules would save 613,600 hours of “unnecessary paperwork burden” while still protecting workers on the job.
The rule will become effective in 90 days, though OSHA is also accepting comments from the public for the next months.
The Labor Department is pulling back regulations for loggers and healthcare facilities to hire foreign workers, and for other employers to hire foreign students as part-time workers. According to the Labor Department, the existing rules became obsolete after new regulations were issued in recent years.
The agency has extended the comment period for a number of its expected food safety rules in recent days.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is trying to change the rules for its program to help veterans with disabilities make home improvements.
The department’s rules are intended to “streamline the application process,” it said, as well as reduce administrative burdens at the VA.
The Environmental Protection Agency is setting a limit for residues of the pesticide fenpropathrin on a number of fruits and vegetables.
The Federal Communications Commission is proposing new rules for AM radio broadcasters that it ways will “ease regulatory burdens” on companies and “revitalize” the service.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is establishing a protected area for the Jemez Mountains salamander in parts of New Mexico. The agency asserts that the action is necessary to conserve the amphibian’s habitat.
The Commerce Department is amending its export rules to revise the authorizations for a number of Chinese electronics companies.
The Postal Service is making changes to some of its prices and mailing standards.