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OSHA, FCC Closing in on Best Safety Practices for Communications Tower Workers

Training and education were highlighted as key concerns of participants at a February 11 workshop called by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Communications Commission to discuss proposed guidance for best safety practices for mobile phone and broadcast tower workers and to provide an update on certification and apprentice programs for those … 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

Powered Truck Group Renews Alliance with OSHA

The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) has renewed an alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that is designed to reduce workplace incidents, such as tip-overs and struck by hazards, associated with powered industrial trucks. To read the full article, written by Nickole Winnett, click here.… Continue Reading

OSHA issues new guidance for Healthcare and Workplace Violence

If you are an employer who provides healthcare or social services, it is time to dust off the workplace violence policy and review!  OSHA has released new guidance for preventing or materially reducing workplace violence events in healthcare and social service settings. According to OSHA, BLS data indicates that 27 out of 100 fatalities in 2013 for healthcare or social workers were … Continue Reading

OSHA and FAA Agree to Increased Cooperation and Information Sharing to Protect Aviation Whistleblowers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration have executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the enforcement of the whistleblower provisions in the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21) (49 U.S.C. § 42121), a law enacted in 2000 to improve air safety. To read … 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 Seeks Comment on New OSHA Safety and Health Management Program Guidelines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is asking for stakeholder input on revised safety and health management guidelines that employers may adopt voluntarily. The draft guidelines (SHPM_guidelines.pdf) update the agency’s 1989 safety and health program management guidelines. To read the full article, written by Tressi Cordaro, click here.… Continue Reading

Commission to Test OSHA’s Use of Its General Duty Clause for Enforcement

The quasi-judicial body overseeing enforcement actions by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has handed OSHA another challenge to the agency’s nascent use of guidance documents as the basis for issuing citations, rather than relying on legally promulgated standards. To read the full article, written by Brian Hendrix, click here.… Continue Reading

House Lawmakers Grill OSHA Administrator on Enforcement Issues

At a House subcommittee hearing on October 7, the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Dr. David Michaels, faced a grilling from Republican lawmakers over recently issued guidance memoranda for agency inspectors and examples of allegedly over-the-top enforcement actions. To read the full article, written by Tressi Cordaro, click here.    … Continue Reading

Complex OSHA Inspections to Get More Attention under New ‘Enforcement Weighting System’

The number of process safety management compliance inspections at oil refineries and chemical plants, as well as inspections involving workplace violence and ergonomics, are likely to increase under a new inspection strategy launched October 1 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. To read the full article, click here.… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Pledge Action to Curb Agency Guidance Documents

Under an exception to the rulemaking process, federal agencies may use legally nonbinding guidance documents to interpret regulations. This has led some U.S. senators not only to issue a broad pledge to restrict the practice when such guidance becomes a rule enforceable against a regulated community, but also to request that the Occupational Safety and … Continue Reading

Draft DOL Policy Lists ‘Economic Realities’ as Key OSHA Test of Joint Employer Status

Many more franchisors are likely to be judged to have a joint employer relationship with franchisees, subjecting them to enforcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, under a draft policy reported to be circulating within the Department of Labor (DOL). To read the full article, written by Tressi Cordaro, click here.… Continue Reading

OSHA Updates Its National Emphasis Program on Amputations

Noting that the manufacturing sector experienced more than twice the rate of amputations as that of the entire private sector in 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated its nine-year-old National Emphasis Program (NEP) on amputations. Click here to read the full article by Nickole Winnett, which was published in the August 31st … Continue Reading
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