“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

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“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?”

“OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces & Fall Protection Final Rule Requirement Implementation Dates “

On November 18, 2016, OSHA finally published a final rule updating the walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards for general industry. Percolating since 1990 (55 FR 13360), reopened in 2003 (68 FR 23528) and again in 2010 (75 FR 28862), revisions to the walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards were long overdue. OSHA’s 500+ final rule gives employers new … Continue reading “OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces & Fall Protection Final Rule Requirement Implementation Dates “

“The 2017 Workplace Safety Puzzle” #OSHA #Safety

From 2015 to 2017, OSHA fines increased almost 80%, making the cost of noncompliance too expensive for most organizations to ignore. This new infographic, created for the 2017 Safety Summit, aims to help safety pros, like you, strengthen compliance, reduce costs, and improve operational efficiency.  

“OSHA Announces Feral Cats Are Not Vermin”

On October 4, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a press release and announced that it was proposing changes to 18 separate regulations “as part of an ongoing effort to revise provisions in its standards that may be confusing, outdated or unnecessary. The proposals run across a wide spectrum from the technical (i.e., … Continue reading “OSHA Announces Feral Cats Are Not Vermin”

“OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard To Add Two Additional Fit-Testing Protocols”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syj_zeNtLGI OSHA Trade Release U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Office of Communications Washington, D.C. http://www.osha.gov For Immediate Release   October 6, 2016 Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999 OSHA proposes to amend respiratory protection standard to add two additional fit-testing protocols WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued … Continue reading “OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard To Add Two Additional Fit-Testing Protocols”

“Regulated Industry Successfully Challenges New OSHA Process Safety Management Enforcement Policies”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdDuHxwD5R4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuV2E6LRXd0 On September 23, 2016, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wrongfully adopted new safety requirements for fertilizer dealers who have to comply with the Process Safety Management Standard. Specifically, OSHA improperly issued a memorandum redefining the “retail facility” exemption and did not allow fertilizer dealers … Continue reading “Regulated Industry Successfully Challenges New OSHA Process Safety Management Enforcement Policies”

“OSHA Responds to Manufacturers’ Lawsuit on New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule”

  By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA asserts that its new injury illness reporting rule is fully within OSHA’s mandate. This is in follow-up to our earlier blog on OSHA’s new rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (Rule), 81 Fed. Reg. 29624 (May 12, 2016). The new rule … Continue reading “OSHA Responds to Manufacturers’ Lawsuit on New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule”

“Tree Care Industry Safety Raises OSHA Concerns”

By Bruce Rolfsen July 13 — An OSHA rule covering the tree care and trimming industry may have to cover a wide expanse of hazards—from falling tree branches to insect bites to broken aerial lifts to pesticides—agency officials were told July 13 during a meeting with industry representatives. The stakeholders meeting was the latest step … Continue reading “Tree Care Industry Safety Raises OSHA Concerns”

“OSHA Penalties To Be Adjusted For Inflation After August 1, 2016”

Maximum penalties for OSHA violations are set to increase for the first time since 1990 as part of overall federal penalty adjustments mandated by Congress last year. The increases were announced Thursday by the Department of Labor, which issued two interim rules covering penalty adjustments for several DOL agencies, including OSHA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration … Continue reading “OSHA Penalties To Be Adjusted For Inflation After August 1, 2016”

“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”