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

OSHA will delay enforcement of the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction until September 23, 2017, to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. See the memorandum. 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 … Continue reading “OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica”

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“Contractor Buried In Trench In Belton, Kansas – Arrow Plumbing Fined $700,000 By OSHA For Continued Violations”

Theresa O’Hare raged last December at the owner of the Blue Springs plumbing company that employed her son, “D.J.” Relatives held her back from Arrow Plumbing LLC. owner Ricky Smith as firefighters worked for hours to retrieve the body of 33-year-old Donald J. Meyer from the bottom of a 12-foot trench that lacked the required shoring to … Continue reading “Contractor Buried In Trench In Belton, Kansas – Arrow Plumbing Fined $700,000 By OSHA For Continued Violations”

“New OSHA Regulations On Concrete Silica Dust Exposure Rule” #Silica #Construction

On September 23, the U.S. Department of Labor will begin to enforce its reduction in the amount of silica that construction workers can be exposed to over an eight-hour day. The U.S Department of Labor will start enforcing its new concrete silica dust ruling for construction on September 23, 2017 (moved from June 23, 2017). … Continue reading “New OSHA Regulations On Concrete Silica Dust Exposure Rule” #Silica #Construction

“OSHA Launches Application To Electronically Submit Injury and Illness Data on August 1, 2017” #OSHA

U.S. Department of LaborOccupational Safety and Health AdministrationOffice of CommunicationsWashington, D.C.www.osha.gov For Immediate ReleaseJuly 14, 2017Contact: Office of CommunicationsPhone: 202-693-1999 OSHA launches application to electronically submit injury and illness data on August 1 WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will launch on Aug. 1, 2017, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). The Web-based form allows … Continue reading “OSHA Launches Application To Electronically Submit Injury and Illness Data on August 1, 2017” #OSHA

“Time To Act: Save 2018 FY Worker Training Grants, Health & Safety Research” #WorkplaceSafety

By Jordan Barab If you haven’t yet done so, it’s time to do so. And if you have done so, do it again: Contact your legislators about passing a budget that will protect workers.  The House Appropriations Sub-Committee that deals with OSHA, MSHA and NIOSH is scheduled to mark up the FY 2018 Appropriations Bill on Thursday, July … Continue reading “Time To Act: Save 2018 FY Worker Training Grants, Health & Safety Research” #WorkplaceSafety

“Inconsistent Enforcement of New OSHA Fall Rule Feared” #FallProtection

By Tripp Baltz Employers fear inconsistent enforcement of an OSHA rule allowing some work to be done without ordinarily required fall protection because key terms are not defined. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s updated fall protection rule, which went into effect Jan. 17, allows certain activities to be done without fall protection systems as long … Continue reading “Inconsistent Enforcement of New OSHA Fall Rule Feared” #FallProtection

“OSHA and Ergonomics: The Past, Present, And Future”

Ergonomics is the study of work. From an OSHA perspective, it is the process of designing the job to fit the employee, rather than forcing the employee’s body to fit the job. This process may include modifying tasks, the work environment, and equipment to meet the specific needs of an employee to alleviate physical stress … Continue reading “OSHA and Ergonomics: The Past, Present, And Future”

“Is That My Employee? Multi-Employer, Joint-Employer, Independent Contractors and Temp Workers” @OSHA_Guy

Employers must beware as the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) cracks down on what it perceives as rampant misclassifying employees as contractors and shirking other responsibilities, such as safety training, because a worker is supplied by another employer.  With more and more unique employment relationships and multi-employer worksites, it is crucial to understand the complexities … Continue reading “Is That My Employee? Multi-Employer, Joint-Employer, Independent Contractors and Temp Workers” @OSHA_Guy

Update! OSHA Tells Companies To Report Injuries, But There’s No Website For That Yet

Breaking Update 5-17-2017 - OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017, date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically. Updates will be posted to this webpage when they are available. … Continue reading Update! OSHA Tells Companies To Report Injuries, But There’s No Website For That Yet

OSHA Standards Should Be Met Despite Recent Delays

Gloria Gonzalez  - 5/1/2017 Employer representatives hope that delays in the enforcement dates of U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations issued over the past year are accompanied by better compliance guidance. But the delays do not mean employers can rest on their laurels, with legal and loss control experts firmly advocating that they continue to … Continue reading OSHA Standards Should Be Met Despite Recent Delays

“Reminder: Are You In Compliance With OSHA’s New Construction Confined Space Standard?”

  Most employers in the construction industry already know that OSHA issued a new confined space standard for construction that became effective on August 3, 2015. Companies with employees who enter confined spaces at construction sites must be sure to understand the new regulation and adjust their processes in order to remain in compliance. Although the … Continue reading “Reminder: Are You In Compliance With OSHA’s New Construction Confined Space Standard?”