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OSHA to Target Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities with Programmed Inspections

OSHA has announced a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to encourage compliance with safety and health standards at nursing and residential care facilities through programmed inspections.  The NEP, which directs OSHA compliance officers to focus inspections on ergonomic stressors associated with lifting patients; slips, trips, and falls; bloodborne pathogens; exposure to tuberculosis; and workplace violence, took… Continue Reading

OSHA Implements National Emphasis Program for Hexavalent Chromium

OSHA has embarked on a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) targeting hexavalent chromium in the workplace, along with other toxic substances found in conjunction with hexavalent chromium.  OSHA’s intent with the NEP is to "target workplaces with occupational exposures to hexavalent chromium" and certain other toxic substances (e.g., antimony, arsenic, cadmium, lead, iron oxide) to encourage compliance with applicable standards. … Continue Reading

OSHA: A Review of 2009

In 2009, OSHA emerged from the regulatory and enforcement shell that had shrouded it during the eight years of the Bush Administration. Once confirmed, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced that a “new Sheriff” was in town, who would refocus the Department of Labor – including OSHA – on tough enforcement and aggressive rulemaking. In both areas, OSHA… Continue Reading

OSHA Recordkeeping Best Practices

OSHA’s Recordkeeping National Emphasis Program (NEP) has been in effect for over a month and employers should be taking steps now to review their records and prepare for an NEP inspection. Click here for an article that can assist in the preparation process.  "Are You Prepared for OSHA’s Recordkeeping National Emphasis Program?," which just appeared in Workforce Management,… Continue Reading

OSHA’s Recordkeeping National Emphasis Program

OSHA has launched its long-awaited Recordkeeping National Emphasis Program (NEP).  Effective September 30, the NEP will subject employers in certain industries to comprehensive injury and illness records reviews.  Employers in the targeted industries should take time now to review their recordkeeping logs and practices to prepare for an NEP inspection. Here is a special report on the… Continue Reading

OSHA Starts Recordkeeping National Emphasis Program

OSHA has released its much anticipated recordkeeping National Emphasis Program (NEP).  It became effective September 30.  Click here to see the NEP. We will be reviewing the document carefully and pass along to you the key aspects of the program.   

OSHA Enforcement Update

In a speech recently before the Small Business Administration’s safety and health forum in Washington, DC, Richard E. Fairfax, OSHA’s Director of Enforcement and Construction Programs, provided an update on the agency’s key enforcement initiatives. Of particular note, Mr. Fairfax stated: OSHA will be issuing another update to its Field Operations Manual (FOM) in November 2009. The… Continue Reading

OSHA Targeting Chemical Facilities in New National Emphasis Program

OSHA has announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus enforcement resources on process safety management (PSM) hazards in chemical facilities across the country. Chemical facilities with PSM-covered processes should review their programs now to ensure full compliance with OSHA standards. The NEP, effective July 27, 2009, is billed as a “new approach for inspecting… Continue Reading

OSHA’s Recordkeeping National Emphasis Program – Are You Prepared?

When OSHA launches its recordkeeping National Emphasis Program (NEP) later this year, employers cannot accuse the agency of inadequate warning. Since early March, OSHA officials have signaled the impending NEP. Employers should take time now to review their OSHA recordkeeping logs and practices to prepare for an NEP inspection. Just last week, OSHA reminded us how seriously… Continue Reading

OSHA National Emphasis Programs Under Development

Signaling its renewed focus on enforcement, OSHA has announced it is developing six new National Emphasis Programs (NEPs). NEPs focus OSHA’s resources on industries, hazards, and occupational injuries and illnesses that need additional targeted enforcement, in the Agency’s view. OSHA’s Director of Enforcement Programs revealed the following industry-specific NEPs are in development:   Chemical plants –… Continue Reading