Carla Gunnin

Carla Gunnin

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OSHA Update: A Tale of Two Proposed OSHA Regulations

Back in February, we mentioned that public comments were being accepted on OSHA's proposed rule that would require employers with more than 250 employees to electronically report to OSHA their OSHA 300 (the injury and illness...more

6/13/2014 - Compliance OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements Reporting Requirements Workplace Injury

OSHA Update: More Than Just Safety Investigations in Whistleblower Retaliation Complaints

Did you know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigates 22 different types of whistleblower complaints? If not, then you may want to become more familiar with the various laws that the OSHA...more

5/16/2014 - OSHA Retaliation Safety Precautions Whistleblowers

OSHA Update: Aggressive OSHA Enforcement and "OSHA Jail"

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

4/17/2014 - Compliance Employer Liability Issues Enforcement OSHA Unions

OSHA Update: Blaming Workers for Injuries?

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

3/14/2014 - OSHA Workplace Injury

Hot Topics in OSHA Include Cold Weather Guidance

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

2/14/2014 - Compliance OSHA Severe Weather

What to Expect from OSHA in 2014

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

1/17/2014 - Enforcement Actions OSHA Workplace Hazards

Be Aware of OSHA's New Proposed Rule on Silica

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

9/4/2013 - New Regulations OSHA Toxic Exposure Workplace Hazards

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Intends to Turn Up the Heat on the Oil and Gas Industry

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

9/3/2013 - DOL Oil & Gas Workplace Injury Wrongful Death

Be Prepared for an OSHA Inspection Before It Happens

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

8/19/2013 - Compliance Inspections OSHA

Do Employees at Your Construction Sites Have Isocyanate Chemical Exposure?

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

6/28/2013 - Construction Site Hazardous Substances OSHA

OSHA Guidance Documents for Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing

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

6/24/2013 - Oil & Gas OSHA Safety Precautions

New OSHA Focus on Temporary Workers

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

5/3/2013 - Inspections OSHA Safety Training Temporary Employees

Does Your Oil and Gas Company Use Temporary Workers?

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

5/3/2013 - Inspections Oil & Gas OSHA Temporary Employees

Does your construction company use temporary workers?

OSHA has issued a new memorandum regarding the use of temporary workers. See, April 29, 2013 memorandum from Richard Fairfax. ...more

5/1/2013 - Construction Workers OSHA Safety Inspections Safety Precautions Safety Training Temporary Employees Training

OSHA Still Interested in Oil and Gas Industry

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

1/14/2013 - DOL Enforcement Fines Oil & Gas OSHA Safety Precautions

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