December 2010

On December 20, 2010, OSHA released its fall regulatory agenda, which sets forth the Agency’s current rulemaking priorities.  Over the last several months OSHA has been emphasizing the need to push forward on several regulatory inititatives.  OSHA rulemaking, however, can be painstakingly slow, and OSHA’s fall regulatory agenda reflects that.

Of particular note, the issuance of

In a recently issued 2009 Enforcement Summary, OSHA claims that violations issued against employers in fiscal year 2009 were up 2.8% since fiscal year 2005.  Furthermore, the total number of serious and repeat violations were up 10.9% and 17.5%, respectively, over the same five year period.  According to the Agency, "OSHA is committed to refocusing OSHA’s priorities