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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OSHA to Target Firms that Failed to Submit Electronic Data

Firms that failed to submit their 2016 Form 300A injury and illness reporting data electronically will be the target of a special emphasis program by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), meaning “prepare for an unexpected visit.” The construction industry and businesses with fewer than 20 employees are exempt from the program known as Site-Specific […]

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Group Sues to Restore OSHA Electronic Reporting

Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group, is suing to force the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to restore full electronic injury and illness reporting requirements and collect all data from Forms 301 and Logs 300 that were due July 1. The electronic submissions from companies with 250 or more employees were part of a […]

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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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