OSHA Improves Its Online Whistleblower Complaint Form

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revised its online whistleblower complaint form to help users file a complaint with the appropriate agency. The form provides workers with another option for submitting retaliation complaints to the Department of Labor’s OSHA. The updated form guides individuals as they file a complaint through the process, providing essential questions […]

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OSHA Issues Guide on Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a guide to help businesses comply with its new standard on exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust, a known carcinogen that can lead to silicosis, a lung disease. OSHA estimates that 2.3 million workers are exposed to the dust, including 2 million construction workers. The booklet […]

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OSHA to Launch Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting Tool Aug. 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Aug. 1 will launch its new Injury Tracking Application (ITA). The Web-based form allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The application will be accessible from the ITA webpage. Last month, OSHA published a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend […]

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OSHA Announces Training Grants to Prevent Workplace Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the availability of $10.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to fund training and education for workers and employers to help them identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards. The grants are available for nonprofit organizations including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, […]

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OSHA to Seek Public Input on Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a stakeholder meeting July 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The discussion will include comments and suggestions from the public on potential avenues for action. OSHA is seeking to reshape VPP so that it continues […]

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OSHA Proposes Extension of Deadline for Electronic Reporting, Seeks Comments

The  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (SHA) has proposed a delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule. The agency published the final rule on May […]

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OSHA Proposes to Modify Beryllium Standard for Construction and Shipyard Sectors

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (ISHA) has announced a proposed rule that would modify the agency’s recent beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors. Representatives of the shipyards and construction industries, as well as members of Congress, raised concerns that they had not had a meaningful opportunity to comment on the application of […]

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OSHA Designates June 12-18 as ‘Safe + Sound Week’

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it has designated June 12-18, 2017, as “Safe + Sound Week,” a new nationwide effort that calls on organizations of all sizes in a wide range of industries to raise awareness of the value and importance of workplace safety and health programs. Joining OSHA to sponsor the […]

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OSHA Postpones Start Date of Electronic Reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has sent an email to stakeholders informing them that the July 1 start date for electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses has been postponed, with no new start date announced. The email reads in part: OSHA intends to extend the initial date by which certain employers are required […]

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OSHA Updates ‘Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs’

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently updated the “Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs” it first released 30 years ago to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new recommended practices have been well received by a wide variety of stakeholders and are designed to be […]

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