Tag Archives: Recordkeeping

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

George Washington University Professor David Michaels to be Nominated to Head OSHA

President Barack Obama has announced he intends to nominate Professor David Michaels to be the Assistant Secretary of OSHA. Professor Michaels is the interim chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health in Washington, D.C. If confirmed, Professor Michaels will join Acting Assistant Secretary of OSHA Jordan … 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 Mandates Recordkeeping for Team Building Event

In a new letter of interpretation, OSHA has confirmed that injuries to employees sustained at off-site team-building events are recordable on OSHA logs, so long as the injuries also meet other general recording criteria (such as requiring medical treatment beyond first aid). Employers are encouraged to review their recordkeeping practices to ensure that they are … 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

Employers Must Record Injuries Resulting from “Horseplay” at Work

In a recent letter of interpretation addressing a common issue at worksites around the country, OSHA confirmed that injuries to employees sustained at the worksite as a result of “horseplay” are recordable on OSHA Logs, so long as the injuries also meet other general recording criteria (such as requiring medical treatment beyond first aid). The … Continue Reading