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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OSHA Electronic Injury-Illness Reporting Off to a Rocky Start

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was expecting some 350,000 electronic filings of injury and illness reports (Form 300A) by the Dec. 31, 2017, much-delayed deadline, but instead received only 153,653 filings, according to a report by Bloomberg. On top of that, 60,992 firms that didn’t need to file did so anyway. The reports, […]

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OSHA Delays Enforcement of New Beryllium Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is delaying from March 12 to May 11 implementation of the new beryllium exposure standard, which was released in the final days of the Obama administration. Beryllium is used in the aerospace, electronics, energy, telecommunication, medical and defense industries. Beryllium dust, a byproduct of the processing of the […]

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OSHA Renews Entertainment Industry Alliances

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC (IATSE) recently renewed their alliance to protect the safety and health of workers in the entertainment industry. […]

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