On November 19, 2015 the Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda was released by the US Department of Labor. The Regulatory Agenda tracks the status of regulatory Rule Making and outlines the regulations that Federal agencies are expected to work on in the immediate future.
For funeral service, the items of interest under the OSHA Agenda include OSHA’s review of maximum Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) for hazardous and toxic chemicals. On October 10, 2014, OSHA published a Request For Information to solicit comments and approaches that it could take to reduce the risk of employee’s developing illnesses caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals. OSHA is now in the process of reviewing and analyzing the comments it received, the said review to be completed in April of 2016. This Rule Making is in the Pre-Rule stage and the priority is listed as “Other Significant.” The review includes the permitted exposure level for formaldehyde and therefore affects funeral service.