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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DOL Clarifies Injury, Illness Reporting Requirements and Violations

A Department of Labor (DOL) memorandum issued on Oct. 19 to all regional administrators of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) clarifies both an employer’s obligation to facilitate injury and illness reporting by employees and also an employer’s obligation not to retaliate for such reporting through disciplinary action, incentive programs or drug testing, even […]

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Slips, Trips and Falls Again Top OSHA’s List of Violations

For FY 2016, the results are in, and slips, trips and falls once again came in as the most frequently cited workplace safety violation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The next nine, in order, are fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolds, repiratory protection, lockout/tagout, powered industrial trucks, ladders, machine guarding, electrical wiring, and […]

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OSHA Delays Enforcement of Retaliation Rule Until Dec. 1

OSHA has agreed to further delay enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its injury and illness tracking rule until Dec. 1, 2016. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas requested the delay to allow additional time to consider a motion challenging the new provisions. The anti-retaliation provisions were originally scheduled to begin Aug. […]

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OSHA Releases Updated Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs

OSHA has updated the “Recommended Practices 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 recommended practices present a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program, built around seven core elements that make up a successful program, […]

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OMB Releases Slips, Trips and Falls Final Rule for Publication

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has given its okay to the proposed Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) final rule for general industry. The rule, first proposed in 1990 and then updated in 2010, is commonly referred to as “slips, trips and falls.” It is now expected that the author of the proposal, […]

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OSHA Proposes Revisions to Standards to Save Money, Effort

As part of an ongoing effort to revise provisions in its standards that may be confusing, outdated or unnecessary, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is proposing 18 changes to the agency’s recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards. “The changes we propose will modernize OSHA standards, help employers better understand their responsibilities, […]

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OSHA Reports Results of First Year of Severe Injury Reporting Program

During the first year of its beefed-up Severe Injury Reporting Program, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says there were 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations reported by employers in the states covered by Federal OSHA. The 26 states operating their own OSH programs maintain their own reporting statistics. Under a rule that took effect on Jan. 1, […]

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