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House of Representatives Votes to Block OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

The House of Representatives has voted to block a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordkeeping rule implemented in the last weeks of the Obama Administration. “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness” was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016, and … Continue Reading

Effective Date of Beryllium Rule Delayed Again

Today, OSHA announced a proposed delay in the effective date of its new Beryllium rule. Its second extension request.  The effective date was previously delayed from January 9, 2017 until March 21, 2017.  OSHA is  requesting the effective date be extended for an additional 60-days — until May 20, 2017 — so the new Administration can have additional time to further review questions of law and policy. Currently, the proposed … Continue Reading

OSHA Penalties Go Up…Yes, Again

In August 2016 we reported on the substantial increases to OSHA fines for violations of safety and health regulations as part of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74).  This law allowed OSHA a one-time “catch-up” adjustment for civil penalties followed by annual increases in penalties … Continue Reading

OSHA Finally Issues Walking-Working Surfaces Rule

On November 17, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule revising and updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The final rule includes revised and new provisions addressing fixed ladders, rope descent systems, and fall protection systems. The rule also establishes requirements on the design, performance and use of … Continue Reading

OSHA’s 2016 Top Ten Violations

OSHA recently released its preliminary annual list of the top ten safety and health violations cited for fiscal year 2016. While not anticipated to change much, a more final list will be completed closer to the end of 2016.  In descending order, these are: Fall protection (Construction) – 1926.501 – violations are generally for failing … Continue Reading

OSHA Quietly Issues Guidance on Incentive Programs, Disciplinary Programs and Drug-Testing Programs

On October 19, 2016, OSHA published a memorandum interpreting the new anti-retaliation provisions in Section 1904.35 as part of the new final rule – “Improve Tracking of Workplace of Injuries and Illnesses.” In conjunction with the memorandum, OSHA also provided example scenarios of incentive, disciplinary and drug-testing programs and how the new rule may be … Continue Reading

OSHA Agrees to Further Extension for Anti-retaliation Provisions

In response to a request from a federal judge, OSHA has agreed to extend the effective date of the anti-retaliation provisions in it’s new final rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses until December 1, 2016. The provisions were originally set to become effective in August and that date was further extended to November 1, 2016 to … Continue Reading

OSHA and DOT Issue Joint Memorandum on Hazardous Chemicals

In July 2015, OSHA issued a Directive on the revised Hazard Communication Standard (“HCS”), Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012), CPL 02-02-079. In that Directive OSHA provided guidance on the interplay between labeling under the HCS and other federal agencies, specifically the Department of Transportation (“DOT”). According to the Directive OSHA considers … Continue Reading

OSHA Issues Report on the Impact of the Severe Injury Reporting Program

Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, issued a new report, discussing the results of the first year of the severe injury reporting requirements. The report concludes that the severe injury reporting program has been a big success in improving safety and health in workplaces across the United … Continue Reading

Electronic Recordkeeping Rule – OSHA Delays Effective Date for Anti-Retaliation Provision

Yesterday, OSHA announced that it would delay the effective date of one portion of the final rule, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” also known as the Electronic Recordkeeping rule. Specifically, OSHA has delayed enforcement of Section 1904.35, which requires employers to inform employees of the right to report injuries and illnesses free from retaliation and … Continue Reading

OSHA Enforcement Program Targets Midwest Manufacturing Industries

Manufacturing industries with elevated injury and illness rates in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska face an increased probability of getting a comprehensive safety and health inspection as a result of an initiative launched by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on January 25. To read the full article, written by Tressi Cordaro, click here.… Continue Reading

OSHA publishes New Whistleblower Investigations Manual

On January 28, 2016, OSHA released an updated Whistleblower Investigations Manual (OSHA Instruction CPL 02-03-005) to replace the manual dated April 21, 2015. The new manual makes three significant changes: The sections on Investigative Records and Statistics have been deleted. Investigative Records is covered in the new Chapter 23, “Information Disclosure.” Chapter 3, “Conduct of … Continue Reading

OSHA Launches the Serious Event Reporting Online Form

On January 1, 2015, the new injury and illness reporting requirements went into effect requiring employers to report to OSHA fatalities as a result of a work-related incident within 8 hours, and in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye as a result of a work-related incident within 24 hours. The new reporting requirement allowed … Continue Reading

Feds Launch Initiative to Toughen Penalties for Worker Safety Violations

In a new enforcement effort involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the federal government is launching an initiative aimed at putting more bite into penalties for alleged worker safety violations. To read the full article, written by Avi Meyerstein, click here.… Continue Reading

OSHA’s Withdrawal of Slips, Trips and Falls Rule May Harm Defenses to Citations

OSHA first proposed a rule on Slips, Trips and Falls in 1990.  Since that time, many employers have taken advantage of this proposed rule in making certain arguments related to Citations issued under Subpart D, the Walking-Working Surfaces regulations.  If you never used this argument, you may be wondering how a proposed rule could help … Continue Reading

OSHA Launches Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare Webpage

OSHA launched a new Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare webpage this week.  It contains several new tools and resources to help healthcare facilities combat workplace violence, including: An executive summary for hospital administrators and others who want to learn more about the prevalence of workplace violence in healthcare, associated costs, key risk factors, and what … Continue Reading

Who is Responsible for Recording Injuries and Illnesses of Temporary Workers?

OSHA is being criticized for a recent interpretation letter clarifying who is responsible for recording illnesses and injuries in what the agency considers a “joint employer relationship” where supervision is shared between a host employer and a staffing agency. In deciding whether the host employer or the staffing agency is responsible for recording injuries and … Continue Reading
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