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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OSHA Form 300A Must Be Posted by Feb. 1

Unless your business is on the exempted industry list or you have fewer than 10 employees, by Feb. 1 you must display your completed OSHA Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, even if you’ve had no injuries or illnesses in the previous year. The Form 300A must remain on display until April 30.

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OSHA Adjusts 2017 Penalties for Inflation

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule to adjust its monetary fine levels for inflation, which it can do by Jan. 15 of each year under terms of 2016’s Inflation Adjustment Act. The new fines, according to the final rule, became effective on Jan. 13, 2017. The […]

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OSHA Chief David Michaels Returns to Academe

David Michaels, who as deputy secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL), presided over the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), spent his last day in office today before returning to teach at George Washington University on Jan. 17. Michaels spent his final day presiding over a meeting to formulate a new regulation to prevent violence […]

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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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