OSHA Decision to Drop Electronic Reporting Rule Survives First Court Challenge

It’s one down and at least two to go on the legal front for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its decision to rescind electronic injury and illness reporting for companies with 250 or more employees and for smaller companies in designated high risk industries. The Obama-era rule, crafted in 2016, was designed […]

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OSHA Adopts New ‘Weighting’ System to Guide Inspections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it has recently implemented the OSHA Weighting System (OWS) for fiscal year (FY) 2020. OWS will encourage the appropriate allocation of resources to support OSHA’s balanced approach of promoting safe and healthy workplaces, and continue to develop and support a management system that focuses enforcement activities […]

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OSHA Revives Beryllium Standard, Won’t Repeal It

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has finalized its June 27, 2017, proposal to revise the construction and shipyards standards for beryllium. In the final rule, to be published on Sept. 30, 2019, OSHA: Does not implement the proposal to revoke all of the standards’ ancillary provisions; but Extends the compliance dates for the ancillary […]

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Top 10 OSHA Violations Previewed

At the National Safety Council (NSC) meeting this month, the annual list of the Top 10 Violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were previewed by Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s directorate of enforcement programs. The Top 10 for FY 2019* are: Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) — 6,010 Hazard Communication […]

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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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