OSHA Nominee Withdraws on Cusp of Confirmation

Scott Mungo, poised to win confirmation as administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a wait of 17 months, abruptly withdrew his name from nomination on Tuesday. No reason immediately surfaced. The Senate was set to take a final vote on his nomination in the next few weeks. Mungo retired from FedEx […]

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OSHA Revises Safety and Health Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a final rule revising 14 provisions in its recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards that it said might be “outdated, confusing or unnecessary.” The rule, as published in the Federal Register, is said to reduce “regulatory burden while maintaining or enhancing worker safety and health, […]

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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Tragedy: 108 Years Ago Today

It was a Saturday in New York City 108 years ago today — March 25 — when fire engulfed by Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, leaving 146 workers dead, some as young as 13. The factory employed mostly young immigrant women sewing garments in harsh conditions with scant pay to show for it. The fire started toward […]

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Workplace Violence Falls Under OSHA General Duty Clause, Commission Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) has ruled that workplace violence is covered by the general duty cause of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, thus making employers liable for acts of violence affecting their employees while carrying out their work duties, whether onsite or off. That clause states that employers must […]

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OSHA Eliminates Electronic Reporting Rule for Large Employers

In a final rule published today in the Federal Register, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has axed the Obama-era electronic reporting of injury and illness data by employers with 250 or more employees. The final rule applies only to OSHA Forms 300 and 301. Form 300A must still be filed electronically by all covered […]

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OSHA Fines Increase Today

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is not part of the partial government shutdown, is raising its violation penalties today in accordance with the Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act. The unfunded Department of the Federal Register was able to publish the new fines yesterday, so that they can go into effect today. The […]

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On This Day, Nixon Signs OSHA into Law in 1970

On Dec. 29, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed enabling legislation, the result of months of negotiation and compromise, that created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Democrats’ dream plank, the “general duty clause.” Unlike his predecessor, Lyndon Johnson, Nixon favored a research and […]

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Workplace Fatalities Decline

A total of 5,147 fatal workplace fatalities were recorded in the United States in 2017, down slightly from the 5,190 fatal injuries reported in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. The fatal injury rate also decreased from 3.6 percent in 2016 to 3.5 percent in 2017. “While today’s report shows a decline in […]

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OSHA Redesigns Its State Plans Webpage

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has redesigned its State Plans webpage, where visitors can click on their state’s mapped location and see if its safety programs are state or federally run, with a pop-up box offering contact information and a brief overview of which workers are covered. Some 22 states have jurisdiction over […]

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OSHA Top Ten Safety Violations Welcome Newcomer

After years of a static Top Ten Safety Violations list from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the annual count has welcomed a newcomer: eye and face protection, which came in at number 10 and bumped out the electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment category. The top of the list remains unchanged, with fall […]

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