“100 Tool Box Talks & Safety Meeting Topics In “English & Spanish” #Safety

The topics are intended for use of on-the-job safety training and meetings to educate employees of potential hazards and work-related injuries and illnesses. A record of all safety meetings should be kept on file for the duration of each attendee’s employment and should include: date, topic, attendees, recommendations, and additional comments. The use of these … Continue reading “100 Tool Box Talks & Safety Meeting Topics In “English & Spanish” #Safety

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“Number Of OSHA Workplace Safety Inspectors Declines Under Trump” #OSHA

The number of federal workplace safety inspectors has fallen under the Trump administration, according to new data obtained by NBC News, raising questions about the government's efforts to protect workers and the long-term impact of the White House's move to slow hiring. In the months after President Donald Trump took office, the Occupational Safety and … Continue reading “Number Of OSHA Workplace Safety Inspectors Declines Under Trump” #OSHA

“DOL Increases Maximum Penalty Amounts for OSHA Violations” #OSHA #Safety

On Jan. 2, 2018 the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Federal Register notice announcing an increase in the maximum penalty amounts for violations of federal Occupational Safety and Health standards and regulations. Under the new penalty structure, the maximum penalty allowed for “serious” and “other-than-serious” violations is $12,934. In addition, the maximum penalty allowed for “failure-to-abate” violations is … Continue reading “DOL Increases Maximum Penalty Amounts for OSHA Violations” #OSHA #Safety

“Once The Harm Has Been Done, Even A Fool Understands It’ – The Origin Of Boston’s Hot Work Certification Program” #HotWork

I can see this idea and certification requirement law being adopted by other cities and states in the US in the near future. "Once the harm has been done, even a fool understands it." Boston's Deputy Fire Chief Jack Dempsey quotes Homer, to sum up, the need that drove the implementation of Boston's Hot Work … Continue reading “Once The Harm Has Been Done, Even A Fool Understands It’ – The Origin Of Boston’s Hot Work Certification Program” #HotWork

“What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? How An R.E.M. Song Can Teach Workplace Violence Lessons” #WorkplaceViolence

  What can the connection between legendary alternative rock band R.E.M. and veteran reporter Dan Rather tell us about workplace safety? Most probably didn’t even realize these two popular culture figures had anything in common, or would ever guess it relates to safety. Yet, a 1986 attack on Rather, while he was walking alone to … Continue reading “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? How An R.E.M. Song Can Teach Workplace Violence Lessons” #WorkplaceViolence

“10 GIFs That Accurately Sum Up What a Lack Of Safety Looks Like”

Wonder what it looks like when you fail to carry through with proper safety measures? These 10 GIF's accurately sum it up. 1. Lack of Fall Protection 2. The riskiness of not wearing EYE Protection 3. Your Safety Manager When You Goof Around 4. When you don't know what to do during a fire. 5. When your coworker tries … Continue reading “10 GIFs That Accurately Sum Up What a Lack Of Safety Looks Like”

“OSHA Reports Dramatic 7% Increase In Fatal Occupational Injuries” #Workplace #Fatalities #OSHA

Fatal workplace injuries showed a dramatic uptick in 2016, rising by 7 percent over the number of workplace fatalities tallied in 2015. The fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016.  More workers lost their lives in transportation incidents than any other event in 2016, … Continue reading “OSHA Reports Dramatic 7% Increase In Fatal Occupational Injuries” #Workplace #Fatalities #OSHA

“Announcing Conn Maciel Carey’s 2018 OSHA Webinar Series” #OSHA #Webinar

The Trump Administration has taken the reins at OSHA, and the first year of the new OSHA’s enforcement and regulatory (or de-regulatory) agenda is in the books. We have already seen significant changes in the way OSHA does business and the tools available to the Agency in its toolkit. Now, as the new Administration finishes filling out the OSHA leadership team with its own appointees, we are sure to see shifting of enforcement priorities, budgets and policies, and an amplified effort to repeal or re-interpret controversial Obama-era OSHA rules and policies. Accordingly, it is critical to stay abreast of OSHA developments.

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The Trump Administration has taken the reins at OSHA, and the first year of the new OSHA’s enforcement and regulatory (or de-regulatory) agenda is in the books.  We have already seen significant changes in the way OSHA does business and the tools available to the Agency in its toolkit.  Now, as the new Administration finishes filling out the OSHA leadership team with its own appointees, we are sure to see shifting of enforcement priorities, budgets and policies, and an amplified effort to repeal or re-interpret controversial Obama-era OSHA rules and policies.  Accordingly, it is critical to stay abreast of OSHA developments.

Conn Maciel Carey’s complimentary 2018 OSHA Webinar Series, presented by the firm’s national OSHA Practice Group, is designed to give employers insight into changes and developments at OSHA during this period of flux.

To register for an individual webinar, click the link below the program description.  

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“OSHA’s E-Recordkeeping Deadline Extended Again – Stroke of Midnight December 31, 2017”

We have closely tracked the Trump Administration’s treatment of OSHA’s new E-Recordkeeping and Anti-Retaliation Rule, and while there have been plenty of signals that this rule is due for an overhaul, or even possibly to be rescinded entirely, no such action was taken to interfere with the first required data submission, other than to extend the deadline from this summer to December 15th, and now to December 31st, for all intents and purposes.

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By Eric J. Conn

The December 15, 2017 deadline for large employers and small employers in certain “high hazard industries” to submit injury and illness data to OSHA has just passed, but it is not too late to submit injury data without being cited by OSHA for missing the deadline.  OSHA announced today that will continue to accept employers’ 300A annual summary injury data for calendar year 2016 through the agency’s new Injury Tracking Application (ITA) (the portal that will receive the injury data) until midnight on December 31, 2017, and will not take any enforcement action against those employers who submit data between now and then, even though the submissions would technically be late.  Beginning January 1, 2018, the portal will no longer accept 2016 data.

We have closely tracked the Trump Administration’s treatment of OSHA’s new E-Recordkeeping and Anti-Retaliation Rule, and while there have been plenty of signals…

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“Build Your Own Safety Training Video Package – 47% Off! Choose any 3, 6, 12, or 20 Atlantic Training Safety Videos & Save Today!!” #Training #Safety

Build Your Own Safety Training Video Package - 47% Off! Choose any 3, 6, 12, 20 Atlantic Training Safety Videos & Save Today!! Each DVD Comes With: DVD Quiz Certificates Leaders Guide Wallet Cards Scheduling Form Click Here to see the best selection of OSHA, EPA, MSHA Safety Training videos and take advantage of this … Continue reading “Build Your Own Safety Training Video Package – 47% Off! Choose any 3, 6, 12, or 20 Atlantic Training Safety Videos & Save Today!!” #Training #Safety

“OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15, 2017”

OSHA posted a press release announcing two week reprieve for employers to submit the 300As (only the 300As this year regardless of size if more than 20 employees) from December 1 to December 15, 2017.  See the link to the press release on OSHA's webpage - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOL/bulletins/1c6be1d . The link also lists the states that have not … Continue reading “OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15, 2017”

[Webinar] “Regulatory Update: OSHA’s PSM Standard & EPA’s RMP Rule – December 12th, 1:00pm ET”

Date: Tuesday December 12, 2017 Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT Your Hosts: Eric J. Conn, Amanda Strainis-Walker, and Micah Smith Click here to register for this webinar. Following the tragic West Fertilizer explosion in 2013, Pres. Obama issued an Executive Order directing OSHA, EPA and other agencies to “modernize” the manner in which the government regulates chemical manufacturing … Continue reading [Webinar] “Regulatory Update: OSHA’s PSM Standard & EPA’s RMP Rule – December 12th, 1:00pm ET”