OSHA Postpones Start Date of Electronic Reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has sent an email to stakeholders informing them that the July 1 start date for electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses has been postponed, with no new start date announced. The email reads in part: OSHA intends to extend the initial date by which certain employers are required […]

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OSHA Updates ‘Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs’

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently updated the “Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs” it first released 30 years ago to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new recommended practices have been well received by a wide variety of stakeholders and are designed to be […]

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National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Begins May 8

This year’s National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, from May 8-12, encourages companies and workers to observe a pause during the workday for topical discussions, safety demonstrations, and training in hazard recognition and fall prevention, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The stand-downs should also provide an opportunity for employers and their workers […]

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OSHA to Recognize Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will recognize Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28 by holding various events throughout the country. American workers are the backbone of our nation’s prosperity and a focal point of President Trump’s “America First” agenda. With the recent increased growth in manufacturing, mining and construction industries, OSHA renews its […]

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OSHA Website Resumes Reporting Violators and Citations

From Jan. 18 until just this past week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website turned strangely silent on announcing results of its investigations, sticking to a few mundane press releases about partnerships and a delay in the beryllium standard. Then on April 12, a press release was posted announcing the agency had cited […]

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Safety Stand-Downs Being Organized Today and Tomorrow in the Southeast

ATLANTA — Fatalities among workers in the landscaping industry are a growing concern in the Southeast. From 2012 to 2016, 64 people employed in the industry in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi died as a result of workplace injuries. In Florida, industry fatalities have nearly tripled since 2012. To stem the tide, the Occupational Safety […]

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OSHA Launches ‘Safe and Sound’ Campaign

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched its “Safe and Sound Campaign” recently, calling on employers to review their safety and health programs to protect workers, and reduce workplace injuries and deaths. “With just a phone call, companies can contact OSHA for assitance in achieving safety compliance. Working together with businesses, unions, and employees, […]

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Congress Overturns OSHA 5-Year Recordkeeping Rule

Congress has rejected the so-called Volks Rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that mandated businesses retain records of injuries and illnesses for five years instead of the six-month period of the statute of limitations in the OSH Act. Using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the Senate completed the legislative process with a […]

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DOL to Delay Implementation of Beryllium Rule to May 20

The Department of Labor  (DOL) has announced a proposed delay in the effective date of its rule titled Occupational Exposure to Beryllium, from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017. The announcement follows a White House memorandum, entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” issued Jan. 20, 2017, that directed the department to undertake a review of […]

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Recent Regulatory and Legal Updates You Should Be Aware Of

In the past year, covering the end of the Obama administration to the beginning of the Trump White House, several developments have taken place on the legal and regulatory fronts that employers should be aware of and comply with as needed. Jan. 22, 2017: Revised Form I-9 use is mandated. The new employment eligibility form that […]

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