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OSHA Staying the Course…for now…

At a recent American Bar Association meeting, Dorothy Dougherty, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA and Tom Galassi, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA both noted that while there has been a change in the Presidency and political administration, OSHA is moving along uninterrupted, for now.   Galassi noted that the agency will … Continue Reading

OSHA’s Volks Rule Overturned by Congressional Review Act

Late today, the Senate voted 50-48 to adopt H.J. Res 83, nullifying OSHA’s rule “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” informally referred to as the “Volks” rule. The “Volks” rule made recordkeeping requirements a continuing obligation and effectively gave OSHA the ability to issue citations to employers for … Continue Reading

Signs that OSHA Priorities are Shifting Under the Trump Administration?

There are new developments related to OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule and the Volks Rule.  As a reminder, the Electronic Recordkeeping Rule requires certain employers to electronically file their OSHA recordkeeping data with OSHA as well as heightens scrutiny related to both drug testing and safety incentive programs.  The Volks Rule essentially reversed the decision held in AKM … Continue Reading

Farewell Dr. Michaels

Dr. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary for OSHA, announced that today, January 10th, would be his last day with the agency.  He will be returning to academia at George Washington University beginning January 17th.  And, on this last day, he continued what has been a very aggressive regulatory agenda by announcing that he was accepting a coalition of unions’ … Continue Reading

Are You Ready for California’s Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Rule?

By April 1, 2017, all employers in California operating in the following areas will be required to comply with Section 3342, the Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care rule:  health care facilities; home health care programs; drug treatment programs; emergency medical services; and outpatient medical services to correctional and detention settings.  This rule is far more expansive than Federal … Continue Reading

Court Denies Preliminary Injunction Request in Legal Challenge to OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

In July 2016, several trade associations and others (“plaintiffs”) filed suit against OSHA challenging the agency’s anti-retaliation provisions in the final rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (81 Fed. Reg. 29,624) (May 12, 2016). The legal challenge alleged the final rule exceeded OSHA’s statutory authority, violated the Administrative Procedures Act and the Occupational … 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

California’s New Law Requires Cal/OSHA To Provide Copies of Citations Issued To Contractors to The Contractor’s State Licensing Board

On September 15, 2016, Governor Brown approved Senate Bill 465 which requires the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, after consultation with the California Contractors’ State Licensing Board, to transmit to the Board copies of any citations or other actions taken by the Division against a contractor. Existing law allows the Board to license, … Continue Reading

The Review Commission (OSHRC) Announces New E-File System

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) is the Federal agency that adjudicates contested OSHA citations between employers and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). On September 1, 2016 OSHRC announced the availability of “electronic filing and service of litigation documents” before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. According to the … Continue Reading

Doctor Recommendations Are Medical Treatment According to OSHA

In an April 2016 Interpretation Letter, which was recently made publically available, OSHA responded to a question about medical treatment beyond first aid for recordkeeping purposes. The incident in question involved an employee who experienced wrist pain after working at a computer.  Before being seen at the occupational health clinic, the employee bought and used a … Continue Reading

OSHA’s Big Pivot: How the New Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Impacts Injury Reporting, Prevention and Drug Testing Programs

OSHA’s long-awaited Final Rule on Electronic Recordkeeping is out and employers need to prepare for some significant new changes. During this webinar, our presenters will break down the rule to identify steps your company can take now to ensure compliance by the Rule’s most immediate effective date on August 10, 2016. Topics to be covered … Continue Reading

OSHA Issues Electronic Recordkeeping Final Rule

Today, a copy of OSHA’s final electronic rule, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” was made available for public inspection prior to release in the Federal Register on May 12, 2016.  In November 2013, OSHA published a notice of proposed rulemaking to add electronic recordkeeping requirements that would require certain employers to electronically submit to OSHA … Continue Reading

Final Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Expected Soon

In November 2013, OSHA published a notice of proposed rulemaking, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” to add electronic recordkeeping requirements that would require certain employers to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping information on a quarterly and/or annual basis. Additionally, the proposed rule would establish a public searchable website where OSHA … Continue Reading

Injuries of Intoxicated or Drugged Employees Recordable

In a recent interpretation letter, an employer posed the following scenario and question to OSHA: As the result of a workplace accident resulting in an injury to an employee that required medical treatment, a post-accident drug and alcohol test was administered. The alcohol test revealed the injured employee was intoxicated. “Does this injury meet the exemption … Continue Reading

OSHA Reports on Findings from Severe Injury Reporting Program

As of January 1, 2015, employers have been required to report any work-related amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or loss of an eye to OSHA within 24 hours of the incident. Fatalities must be reported within 8 hours.  OSHA hoped that these requirements would have the following two consequences: The reporting requirements would allow their resources to … Continue Reading

OSHA’s Final Silica Rule Imminent

In 2010, OSHA issued a proposed rule reducing the permissible exposure level (PEL) for crystalline silica for general industry and construction.  The proposed rule cut the respirable silica PEL from 100 µg/m3  for an 8-hour time weighted average to 50 µg/m3. After public hearings and public comments were submitted on the proposed rule, OSHA finalized the … Continue Reading
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