OSHA Extends Deadline for Injury-Illness Electronic Filing

To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on Aug. 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  has extended the  date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to Dec. 15, 2017. OSHA’s final rule to […]

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Trump Nominates FedEx Exec to Head Up OSHA

Vacant since June with the retirement of Dorothy Dougherty, the position of administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may soon be filled by Scott A. Mugno, chief of security for FedEx Ground, following his nomination this week by President Trump. Technically, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Mugno would become Assistant Secretary […]

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Falls Top OSHA’s List of Top 10 Most Cited Violations

The list of most cited violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for FY 2017 remains little changed from previous years with the exception of number 9 — Fall Protection — Training Requirements. The ten are: Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072 violations Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176 Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288 Respiratory Protection […]

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OSHA Plans to Update Lockout/Tagout Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will launch a request for public input next April as it seeks to update its 1989 lockout/tagout standard, which is falling behind the times, especially when it comes to computer-based control of hazardous energy. “The agency has recently seen an increase in requests for variances for these devices,” […]

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OSHA to Host Second Public Meeting on Voluntary Protection Programs

The  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold the second of two meetings Aug. 28, 2017, in New Orleans, La., to continue the discussion on the future direction of the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The discussion will include a review of the July 17, 2017, meeting along with comments and suggestions from the public […]

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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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