OSHA Proposes to Modify Beryllium Standard for Construction and Shipyard Sectors

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (ISHA) has announced a proposed rule that would modify the agency’s recent beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors. Representatives of the shipyards and construction industries, as well as members of Congress, raised concerns that they had not had a meaningful opportunity to comment on the application of […]

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OSHA Designates June 12-18 as ‘Safe + Sound Week’

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it has designated June 12-18, 2017, as “Safe + Sound Week,” a new nationwide effort that calls on organizations of all sizes in a wide range of industries to raise awareness of the value and importance of workplace safety and health programs. Joining OSHA to sponsor the […]

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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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