OSHA Extends Compliance Date for General Industry Beryllium Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a final rule to extend the compliance date for specific ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard to Dec. 12, 2018. This extension affects provisions for methods of compliance, beryllium work areas, regulated areas, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene facilities and practices, housekeeping, communication of […]

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OSHA Proposes Reduction in Injury/Illness Reporting for Large Employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which it says will “better protect” personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular individual by removing provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule. OSHA believes this proposal maintains safety and health protections for […]

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Electronic Submission of OSHA Form 300A Due by July 1 for Qualified Businesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding businesses with 250 or more employees — and businesses with 20-249 employees in high-hazard fields — that they must submit their Form 300A Injury and Illness Report data for 2017 electronically by July 1. According to the OSHA website, Injury Tracking Application: OSHA is not accepting […]

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Unified Regulatory Agenda Reveals Trump Administration Priorities

The Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, released this past week, reveals a compendium of actions — and reversals of actions — that the Trump administration’s various agencies hope to carry out in the coming months, not the least of which is a revisit to and revision of the Obama overtime rule that is […]

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OSHA Issues Direct Final Rule on Beryllium Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a direct final rule (DFR) clarifying aspects of the beryllium standard for general industry as it applies to processes, operations, or areas where workers may be exposed to materials containing less than 0.1% beryllium by weight. The DFR clarifies the definitions of Beryllium Work Area, emergency, dermal contact, […]

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National Safety Stand-Down Begins Monday

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold its annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls May 7-11. The event encourages companies and workers to pause during the workday for topical discussions, safety demonstrations, and training in hazard recognition and fall prevention. Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella will attend a national kick-off event on May […]

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Employers in State Plans Must Submit Injury, Illness Data, OSHA Confirms

Following a review of the requirements put in place in 2016 regarding the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” regulation, the  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken action to correct an error that was made with regard to implementing the final rule. OSHA determined that Section 18(c)(7) of the Occupational Safety and […]

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Tesla Being Investigated by Cal/OSHA

California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) is investigating the Tesla car plant in Fremont, Calif., for failure to promptly report on-site injuries, following a report by investigative website Reveal. Under both California and federal safety laws and regulations, companies have eight hours to report any injury involving hospitalization overnight or loss of a body […]

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Ignorance of OSHA Regulations Is No Defense, Circuit Court Rules

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fine for “willful violation” of a regulation will stand, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court has ruled, declaring that ignorance of a regulation is no defense. As a result, the $49,000 fine against Georgia-based Martin Mechanical Contractors will go forward. The company had argued that the violation could not have […]

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DOL’s Acosta Argues for More Funding for His Department Because ‘Laws Matter’

During a hearing before a Senate subcommittee, Secretary Alexander Acosta argued for increased funding for the Department of Labor because, among other things, “laws matter” and the department needs additional inspectors, especially for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In seeking his request, Acosta told the Senators that “laws matter. They have been passed […]

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