OSHA Increases Violation Fines for 2018

Effective Jan. 2, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has increased its fines an average of 2 percent in keeping with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015. That legislation initially raised fine levels by 78 percent and authorized OSHA and other agencies to adjust their fines for inflation by Jan. 15 […]

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OSHA Announces Increase in Workplace Fatalities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries reports there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, a 7-percent increase from 2015. The fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016. More workers lost their lives in transportation incidents than any other event […]

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OSHA to Accept Form 300A Electronic Data Through Dec. 31 for 2016

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) until midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against those employers who submit their reports after the December 15, 2017, deadline but before Dec. 31, 2017, final entry date. Starting […]

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OSHA Extends Deadline for Injury-Illness Electronic Filing

To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on Aug. 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  has extended the  date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to Dec. 15, 2017. OSHA’s final rule to […]

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OSHA Releases Fact Sheet on Confined Spaces in Residential Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a standard for Confined Spaces in Construction (29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA) that applies to spaces such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. To help employers understand this standard, the agency has just released a Fact Sheet to go along with a set of FAQs. A […]

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Trump Nominates FedEx Exec to Head Up OSHA

Vacant since June with the retirement of Dorothy Dougherty, the position of administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may soon be filled by Scott A. Mugno, chief of security for FedEx Ground, following his nomination this week by President Trump. Technically, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Mugno would become Assistant Secretary […]

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Falls Top OSHA’s List of Top 10 Most Cited Violations

The list of most cited violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for FY 2017 remains little changed from previous years with the exception of number 9 — Fall Protection — Training Requirements. The ten are: Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072 violations Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176 Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288 Respiratory Protection […]

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OSHA Plans to Update Lockout/Tagout Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will launch a request for public input next April as it seeks to update its 1989 lockout/tagout standard, which is falling behind the times, especially when it comes to computer-based control of hazardous energy. “The agency has recently seen an increase in requests for variances for these devices,” […]

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OSHA to Host Second Public Meeting on Voluntary Protection Programs

The  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold the second of two meetings Aug. 28, 2017, in New Orleans, La., to continue the discussion on the future direction of the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The discussion will include a review of the July 17, 2017, meeting along with comments and suggestions from the public […]

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OSHA Improves Its Online Whistleblower Complaint Form

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revised its online whistleblower complaint form to help users file a complaint with the appropriate agency. The form provides workers with another option for submitting retaliation complaints to the Department of Labor’s OSHA. The updated form guides individuals as they file a complaint through the process, providing essential questions […]

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