Beginning on January 1, new requirements for reporting serious work-related injuries and illnesses will take effect. Are you prepared? This BLR infographic shows how to determine whether an injury must be reported to OSHA under the revised rule. OSHA's New Injury Reporting Rule Explained by Safety.BLR.com
OSHA's Severe Violators Enforcement Program (SVEP) directive went into effect June 18th. The program targets employers who willfully and repeatedly endangering workers by exposing them to serious hazards in the workplace. The program establishes procedures and enforcement actions. Enforcement actions for severe violator cases can include: Mandatory follow-up inspections Increased company/corporate awareness of OSHA enforcement … Continue reading OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) Now Effective
29 CFR Part 1904 OSHA will hold two stakeholder meetings on its record-keeping rules. With a meeting set for May 25 in Washington D.C. and another on June 3 in Chicago, the agency plans to gather information from stakeholders to help modify its current injury and illness record-keeping regulation and develop a modernized record-keeping system. … Continue reading OSHA Seeks Input on New Record-keeping Rules at Stakeholder Meeting In Chicago on June 3, 2010
OSHA is confirming the effective date of June 15, 2010 for the direct final rule requiring employers to notify their workers of all hexavalent chromium exposures. The rule revises a provision in OSHA's Hexavalent Chromium standard that required workers be notified only when they experienced exposures exceeding the permissible exposure limit. Workers exposed to this … Continue reading Requirement for protecting workers from hexavalent chromium exposure now a final rule.
OSHA announced a Severe Violator Enforcement Program today that will be in effect in 45 days and also said it is administratively raising the dollar value of its penalties, suggesting it would raise them higher still if it could. "The current maximum penalty for a serious violation, one capable of causing death or serious physical … Continue reading OSHA Announces Severe Violator Enforcement Program In Effect In 45 Days!
In late January, OSHA proposed to revise its Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting (Recordkeeping) regulation to restore a column to the OSHA 300 Log that employers would use to record work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The 2001 Recordkeeping final regulation included an MSD column, but the requirement was deleted before the regulation became effective. … Continue reading OSHA’s Proposed MSD Reporting Rule Garners Mixed Views
MIDDLETOWN, CT — Superior Court Judge Robert L. Holzberg asked attorneys to work out an agreement over access to evidence in the Kleen Energy Systems power plant explosion at a hearing Monday and to come back to court next week. Attorneys Robert Reardon and M. H. Reese Norris, representing three workers present at the plant … Continue reading City judge hears arguments on evidence in Kleen Energy plant explosion
A recent proposal by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would endanger workers by reducing the amount of information on chemical hazards provided to them, according to several public interest groups. OSHA's proposal is part of its effort to make its Hazard Communication Standard conform to a United Nations system for classifying chemicals. The … Continue reading OSHA Proposal Cuts Workers’ Right to Know about Chemical Risks
In response to OSHA’s request for comments on the proposed rule to adapt the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) expressed support for the hazcom standard modification and its necessity in the workplace. The AIHA Stewardship and Sustainability Committee provided comments with assistance … Continue reading AIAH Comments on OSHA’s Proposed Hazcom Standard Revision
OSHA will hold the first of three "informal public hearings" about its proposed changes in the Hazard Communication Standard to conform it with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals on March 2 at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., beginning at 9:30 a.m. local time. The two other hearings will start at … Continue reading Three GHS Public Hearings on HazCom Scheduled
Since H1N1 outbreaks surfaced in April, infectious disease doctors, employee health managers, healthcare workers, and infection prevention associations have debated a variety of factors regarding the new virus. But without question the most hotly contended issue has been the use of N95 respirators versus surgical masks for protection. Meanwhile, many wondered if OSHA would take … Continue reading Reusing Respirators and Managing N95 Supplies While Living Up to OSHA Expectations
WESTMINSTER, Colo., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing the fact that nearly 22 million American workers are exposed to hazardous noise on a daily basis and that occupational hearing loss continues to plague industry, the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has made a request to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reduce the permissible … Continue reading National Hearing Conservation Association Petitions OSHA to Lower Permissible Exposure Limits for Noise