OSHA Issues Last Major Rule Under Obama

A new rule issued today by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) dramatically lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a strategically important material that can cause devastating lung diseases. The new beryllium standards for general industry, construction and shipyards will require employers to take additional, practical measures to protect an estimated 62,000 workers from these […]

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And the DOL Cuts It Even Closer: Rule Takes Effect Two Days Before Trump

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced on Friday it will publish a final rule on Monday, Dec. 19 — the day electors meet to cast their votes for the next president — that will clarify employers’ obligation to retain records of workplace injuries and illnesses for five full years. The rule is scheduled to take effect […]

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OSHA Seeks Input on Preventing Violence in Healthcare, Social Assistance Settings

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a Request for Information on whether to propose a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance settings. The agency has also scheduled a public meeting on Jan. 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to discuss strategies for reducing incidents of violence in these workplaces. […]

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OSHA Issues Advisory on Safety and Health Programs in Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration this week issued Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction to help industry employers develop proactive programs to keep their workplaces safe. The recommendations may be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized contractors who lack safety and health specialists on staff. Safety and health programs encourage finding and […]

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OSHA Extends Commentary Period on Revisions in Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is extending the comment period for its proposal to revise provisions in the agency’s recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards. Originally scheduled to expire Dec. 5, 2016, the comment period will be extended to Jan. 4, 2017, to allow parties more time to review the rule and […]

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OSHA Recordkeeping Rule: This Dec. 1 Start Date Will Stand

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) yesterday escaped the curse of Texas judges and Obama administration regulations when a federal court in the Lone Star state refused to place an injunction on the agency’s new recordkeeping rule, which will now take effect on Dec. 1. OSHA had twice delayed the rule’s start date in light […]

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Slips, Trips and Falls Final Rule Finally Issued

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems. “The final rule will […]

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140 Rules the New Congress Could Overturn Instantly in January

According to the Bill Clinton-era Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has 60 working days to review and disapprove new regulations issued by federal agencies. Thus any rule issued by the Obama administration since June 1 will be subject to the review by the new Congress in January. Congress can then disapprove any rules it dislikes […]

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OSHA Honors Inventors in Noise Abatement Contest

Three inventors were recognized for their ideas to reduce work-related hearing loss during the first “Hear and Now — Noise Safety Challenge” hosted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on Oct. 27, in Washington, […]

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OSHA Launches Distracted Driving (Texting) Campaign

Following an executive order on the issue by President Obama, which covered federal employees and their driving, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is launching its own “initiative” on distracted driving — generally, texting while driving — to cover all employers. The agency’s District Driving Initiative states: OSHA will first focus on texting while […]

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