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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OSHA Urges Walk-By Inspections by Owners and Managers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a fact sheet urging owners and managers to conduct regular safety walk-arounds. The fact sheet states: There are at least two reasons why managers and owners should periodically conduct workplace inspections themselves. First, inspections demonstrate management’s commitment to improving safety and health by finding and fixing hazards. Second, […]

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Companies Can Begin Submitting Injury-Illness Data Electronically Now

Although the official deadline to do so isn’t until July 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now accepting injury and illness data electronically for calendar year 2017. The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) is accessible from the ITA launch page, where businesses can provide the agency their 2017 OSHA Form 300A information. OSHA is […]

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Employers Must Post Form 300(A) by Feb. 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to post its Form 300(A) each Feb. 1, detailing the previous year’s work-related injuries and illnesses. The form must be left posted in a conspicuous place until April 30. Two exemptions exists: One for employers who had 10 or fewer employees all year long, the other […]

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Number of OSHA Inspectors Falls

From President Trump’s inauguration through Oct. 2, the number of field inspectors at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fell by 40 (4 percent of total) due to retirements, but so far few replacements have been hired, according to NBC News, which obtained the data through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Total […]

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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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