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OSHA Issues Extensive Hazard Communication Directive

On July 20, 2015, OSHA published a long awaited Directive on the revised Hazard Communication Standard (“HCS”), Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012), CPL 02-02-079. The Directive is intended to provide inspection and enforcement guidance to compliance officers regarding the final Hazard Communication Standard published in March 2012. However, the Directive also … Continue Reading

OSHA Extends Enforcement Date for Confined Spaces in Construction Standard

On May 4, 2015, OSHA published the Confined Spaces in Construction standard, 29 C.F.R 1926, Subpart AA.  The new standard is effective August 3, 2015.  Several interested stakeholders petitioned the agency for a delay in the August enforcement date citing the  need for additional time to train employees and obtain the necessary equipment to comply with … Continue Reading

OSHA launches its Hazard Identification Training Tool

OSHA’s new Hazard Identification Training Tool is designed as “an interactive, online, game-based training tool for small business owners, workers and others interested in learning the core concepts of hazard identification.” Users enter a rudimentary virtual world where they are able to choose to visit one of four scenarios: OSHA Visual Inspection Training, Manufacturing, Construction, … Continue Reading

Eight Tips for Addressing OSHA’s New Enforcement Guidance on RAGAGEP under the Process Safety Management Standard

OSHA issues new guidance to Regional Administrators and State Plan Designees on the enforcement of the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard’s recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices (RAGAGEP) requirements. The new guidance clarifies OSHA’s positions with respect to enforcing the PSM standards that reference or imply the use of RAGAGEP. The memorandum provides the … Continue Reading

OSHA Issues Guidance on Restroom Access for Transgender Workers

On June 1, 2015, OSHA announced its new Best Practices: A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers. The core principle underlying OSHA’s best practices is that: “All employees, including transgender employees, should have access to restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.” OSHA’s Sanitation standard (29 C.F.R. § 1910.141(c)) mandates that employers who fall … Continue Reading

OSHA and NIOSH issue Hazard Alert on Worker Exposure to Crystalline Silica

OSHA first announced its proposed rule on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica in August 2013 and concluded public hearings on the proposed rule in April 2014.  In spite of this ongoing intense rulemaking on occupational exposure to crystalline silica, OSHA and NIOSH published a Hazard Alert on Worker Exposure to Crystalline Silica during Countertop Manufacturing, … Continue Reading

OSHA Concludes that Acclimatization May Be the Most Important Element of a Heat-Illness Prevention Program

On August 8, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Vol. 63. No. 31) related to the causes of heat illness and death among workers in the United States.  The report is the result of a OSHA’s Heat … Continue Reading

OSHA Enters Into MOU with the FMCSA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”).  The MOU is intended to facilitate coordination and cooperation between the two agencies when enforcing the anti-retaliation provision of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (“STAA”), 49 U.S.C. § 31105, and the anti-coercion … Continue Reading

OSHA Launches Online Tool for Hospitals

On January 15, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) launched an online resource tool to help hospitals assess workplace safety needs, implement safety and health management systems, and enhance their safe patient handling programs.  The online resource tool was created in an effort to assist hospitals in combating their high workplace injury and … Continue Reading

OSHA Issues Memorandum on Classifying Combustible Dust under Revised Hazard Communication Standard

On December 27, 2013, OSHA quietly issued a memorandum to all Regional Administrators providing compliance guidance to Compliance Safety & Health Officers (CSHO) for inspections of manufacturers and importers under the revised Hazard Communication Standard.  Specifically, the guidance is meant to provide CSHOs with criteria for determining whether classifiers (manufacturers and importers) have appropriately classified … Continue Reading

Chemical Facility Safety and Security

In the wake of the devastating West Texas fertilizer plant explosion in April, the federal government is moving to improve chemical facility safety and security. We anticipate a number of significant government proposals and actions over the next year. The Presidential Executive Order of August 1, 2013, “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security,” directs the … Continue Reading

OSHA Issues Regulatory Agenda

OSHA recently issued its long-awaited regulatory agenda.  The agenda is designed to provide stakeholders with notice of what major regulatory initiatives the agency is planning and the projected timetables for those initiatives. OSHA’s agenda is the first issued in several months by the agency and provides a glimpse into the regulatory priorities – in President … Continue Reading

Hurricane Sandy — Key Governmental Resources

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, we wanted to highlight some key sources of information for hurricane preparedness and response: OSHA Guidance CDC Guidance FEMA Guidance Employers affected by the storm should review their emergency preparedness plans and these sources of information to ensure their employees are fully protected. … Continue Reading

OSHA Launches New Outreach Campaigns

OSHA has recently announced two new “initiatives” aimed at improving compliance in traditional "summer-time" areas of concern for the agency:  heat illness and falls. Heat Illness Since 2009, OSHA has placed a priority on the prevention of heat illness, especially in the hot summer months.  The most recent campaign is intended to raise the awareness among workers and … Continue Reading

OSHA Issues Memorandum on Employer Safety Incentive and Disincentive Policies and Practices

In a recent memorandum to Regional Administrators and Whistleblower Program Managers, Richard Fairfax, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA, has provided "guidance to both field compliance officers and whistleblower investigative staff on several employer practices that can discourage employee reports of injuries and violate section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH … Continue Reading

OSHA Provides Warnings and Work Tips for Anticipated Winter Storm Work Hazards

As the winter storm season approaches, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has focused on protecting workers from hazards during winter storm response and recovery operations. OSHA’s new webpage, entitled “Winter Storms,” provides employers with information on preparing for winter storms and identifying and controlling hazards associated with winter storm conditions. A number of hazards associated … Continue Reading

OSHA Focusing on the Prevention of Heat Illness

OSHA is launching a nationwide outreach campaign "to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather." In furtherance of this campaign, OSHA has developed a webpage devoted exclusively to work-related heat illness. The website provides links to educational resources to inform employers and employees about heat illness and … Continue Reading

OSHA Warns Hair Salons of Potential Formaldehyde Exposure

OSHA has just released a hazard alert to hair salon owners warning of potential formaldehyde exposure from working with some hair smoothing and straightening products. In a press release announcing the hazard alert, OSHA states: Federal OSHA has found formaldehyde in the air when stylists used hair smoothing products, some of which do not have formaldehyde … Continue Reading

OSHA Issues Guidance Document for Cranes and Derricks in Construction Rule

OSHA has just released a Small Entity Compliance Guide for its Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule.  The intent of the Guide is to assist employers — and particularly small employers — in understanding OSHA’s new crane safety requirements.  All employers covered by the rule should review the document to further ensure compliance.… Continue Reading

OSHA Reminds Retail Employers of Crowd Management Safety

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, OSHA is reminding retail employers of steps to take to prevent employee injuries due to large crowds during Black Friday and other sales events.  OSHA has reissued its "Crowd Management Safety Tips for Retailers," which provides guidance to employers to help prevent injuries during the coming months.  OSHA recommends that employers establish a … Continue Reading
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