“West Virginia Senate Bill Eliminates Mine Safety Enforcement”

By Ken Ward Jr. , Staff Writer, Charleston Gazette-Mail State safety inspectors wouldn’t inspect West Virginia’s coal mines anymore. They would conduct “compliance visits and education.” Violations of health and safety standards wouldn’t produce state citations and fines, either. Mine operators would receive “compliance assistance visit notices.” And West Virginia regulators wouldn’t have authority to write safety … Continue reading “West Virginia Senate Bill Eliminates Mine Safety Enforcement”

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“OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping Final Rule Places New Requirements On Employers”

On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a long-awaited final rule requiring certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data, providing for such data to be made publicly available, and updating employee notification and antiretaliation provisions. Background OSHA is charged with enforcing the Occupational Safety and Health Act of … Continue reading “OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping Final Rule Places New Requirements On Employers”

“OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica”

Rule requires engineering controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for … Continue reading “OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica”

“U.S. Chemical Safety Board Releases New Safety Video, “Dangerously Close: Explosion in West, Texas,” Detailing Report Findings and Recommendations on 2013 Fatal West Fertilizer Company Explosion and Fire “

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdDuHxwD5R4 January 29, 2016, Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a safety video into the fatal April 17, 2013, fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, which resulted in 15 fatalities, more than 260 injuries, and widespread community damage. The deadly fire and explosion occurred when … Continue reading “U.S. Chemical Safety Board Releases New Safety Video, “Dangerously Close: Explosion in West, Texas,” Detailing Report Findings and Recommendations on 2013 Fatal West Fertilizer Company Explosion and Fire “

“New DOJ/DOL Initiative Criminalizes Worker Safety Violations – Employment Law This Week”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3MaZEMgotM One of the featured stories on Employment Law This Week – Epstein Becker Green’s new video program – is that in a year when OSHA penalties are already set to increase, a new enforcement initiative is putting pressure on companies to make sure they’re compliant. The Department of Justice and the Department of Labor … Continue reading “New DOJ/DOL Initiative Criminalizes Worker Safety Violations – Employment Law This Week”

“OSHA Can Now Cite Facilities It Hasn’t Visited – Administrative Law Judge Rules”

If your business operates in more than one location, you cannot ignore this case or its implications. Central Transport operates trucking terminals around the country. As a result of OSHA’s investigation of one facility in Massachusetts, the agency fined the company $330,800 for violations relating to powered industrial trucks. That, in and of itself, is … Continue reading “OSHA Can Now Cite Facilities It Hasn’t Visited – Administrative Law Judge Rules”

“Substantial OSHA Penalty Increases Are Coming”

  OSHA penalties are going up. EPA’s penalties are going up, too. However, while EPA penalties have been going up modestly every four years to take inflation into account, OSHA penalties have not increased in 25 years. Maximum OSHA penalties may jump as much as about 78 percent next year. For a provision quietly tucked … Continue reading “Substantial OSHA Penalty Increases Are Coming”

OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative: 2014 OSHA Webinar Series, Part I

https://vimeo.com/93174313?utm_source=email&utm_medium=clip-transcode_complete-finished-20120100&utm_campaign=7701&email_id=Y2xpcF90cmFuc2NvZGVkfDBjMDQ0MmYyYTE0MjdlN2ExZWY1YzcxZmQ1YzU5MDI0NjgyfDI0NTY5NDA5fDEzOTg3MTI1MjJ8NzcwMQ%3D%3D Eric Conn, Chair of Epstein Becker Green's OSHA Practice Group, presents a five-part webinar program for employers facing the daunting task of complying with OSHA's numerous federal and state occupational safety and health standards and regulations. Part I of the 2014 OSHA webinar series will focus on OSHA's Temporary Worker Initiative, enforcement issues and … Continue reading OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative: 2014 OSHA Webinar Series, Part I

103 Years Ago, March 25, 1911, 123 Young Women Working In A Factory Never Came Home. It Changed Our Country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFJ6cQUJOsg Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - March 25, 1911 It may not seem that the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, which happened over a century ago in New York City, would be relevant today -- but it is. It was a tragedy that opened the nation's eyes to poor working conditions in garment factories and other … Continue reading 103 Years Ago, March 25, 1911, 123 Young Women Working In A Factory Never Came Home. It Changed Our Country.

Testimony of CSB at Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing – Chevron Fire, West Texas Explosion & West Va. Water Crisis

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso at March 6, 2014, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing Entitled “Preventing Potential Chemical Threats and Improving Safety: Oversight of the President’s Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security” CLICK HERE to view the written statement Chairman Boxer, Senator Vitter, and distinguished Committee members – … Continue reading Testimony of CSB at Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing – Chevron Fire, West Texas Explosion & West Va. Water Crisis

Glow-In-The-Dark Chemicals Subject To New EPA Rule

A final rule (79 Fed. Reg. 6,470) that will allow the Environmental Protection Agency to monitor new uses of photoluminescent chemicals takes effect April 7. The significant new use rule (SNUR) will be enforced under the Toxic Substances Control Act. It applies to chemical substances generically referred to as “complex strontium aluminate, rare earth doped.” The … Continue reading Glow-In-The-Dark Chemicals Subject To New EPA Rule

Employees Driving In Illinois? What Employers Need to Know

James L. Curtis, Erin Dougherty Foley, and Craig B. Simonsen Effective January 1, 2014, the Illinois Vehicle Code, at 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2, was amended to prohibit driving while using an electronic communication device, including hand-held wireless telephones, hand-held personal digital assistants, or portable or mobile computers. The amendment provides for exceptions including the use of … Continue reading Employees Driving In Illinois? What Employers Need to Know

E-log Mandate, Driver Database Rules Expected In January 2014, Per DOT Report

A proposed rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices is expected to be published in the Federal Register Jan. 29, according to a monthly Department of Transportation report, which says the rule is projected to clear the White House’s Office of Management and Budget January. 17, 2014 The report also says the rule will … Continue reading E-log Mandate, Driver Database Rules Expected In January 2014, Per DOT Report

Illinois Concealed Carry Law Mandates a Safety Sign

The Illinois State Police unveiled on Oct. 11 the proposed design for one of the newest safety signs that will be displayed in some Illinois workplaces as a result of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, a state law that took effect July 9, 2013. The law, Public Act 98-63, requires an Illinois Concealed Carry License … Continue reading Illinois Concealed Carry Law Mandates a Safety Sign

EHS Safety News Stars in “Toxic Hot Seat” on HBO!

Here I am watching this new documentary on HBO last night about the recently changed "Tech 117" Bulletin in California about the use of unnecessary cancer causing "flame retardants" in everything from furniture to child car seats to other household products. I had been following the series that the Chicago Tribune had begun about this issue … Continue reading EHS Safety News Stars in “Toxic Hot Seat” on HBO!