OSHA has proposed its budget for fiscal year 2015 and there are already many contentious positions being taken regarding what had been hailed as overly aggressive enforcement positions by OSHA. Examples of overzealous...more
In 2012, OSHA warned employers to be cautious about safety incentives that encourage workers not to report workplace injuries. As part of this memo from OSHA, employers were told to make sure that employees were free to...more
OSHA has issued guidance to employers related to the dangers of cold stress. If you have employees who must work outside during cold temperatures, be aware that OSHA may consider those employees to be exposed to a recognized...more
With federal budget battles over, employers can expect to see more from OSHA during the remainder of fiscal year 2014. OSHA's budget year began October 1, 2013 with the infamous shutdown of the government. During the...more
On August 23rd, OSHA released the long awaited proposed rule on silica. The proposed regulation would split the regulation of silica into two separate standards, one affecting the general and maritime industries and the other...more
Just last week, the U.S. Department of Labor released numbers regarding workplace fatalities. On the positive side, the overall numbers decreased, but numbers for the oil and gas industry rose dramatically (up 23%) in 2012....more
If OSHA pays you a visit anytime in the next few months, you can expect that they will look at egress issues at your workplace. In the June 17 edition of OSHA's Quick Takes, OSHA issued the following...more
What's that you ask? Isocyanates are the raw materials that make up all polyurethane products. Jobs that may involve exposure to isocyanates include painting, foam-blowing, flooring, etc....more
Did you know that OSHA has a guidance document on its website for the oil and gas well drilling and servicing industry?
You may ask why this is important to know....more
Does your company use temporary workers?
OSHA has issued a new memorandum regarding the use of temporary workers.
In this memorandum, OSHA has stated that it will be reviewing the use of temporary workers...more
In this memorandum, OSHA states that it will be reviewing the use of temporary workers during every inspection. OSHA has already been particularly interested in the oil and gas industry. In 2011, OSHA issued a special...more
OSHA has issued a new memorandum regarding the use of temporary workers. See, April 29, 2013 memorandum from Richard Fairfax.
One of the biggest fines paid in the history of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) came from the oil and gas industry. ...more