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OSHA Delays Start of New Online Recordkeeping Rule

On May 17, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that employers do not have to file injury and illness information online with OSHA by the July 1 filing deadline. As we noted in a previous alert, on May...more

President Trump Proposes Defunding the Chemical Safety Board

President Trump has proposed a budget for next year that would cut all funding for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. The Chemical Safety Board is an independent federal agency that has operated since 1998. It is responsible for...more

Senate Takes Next Step in Eliminating OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

On March 22, 2017, the Senate voted to kill an OSHA regulation that would enable employers to be cited for recordkeeping violations that occurred as long as five years ago. OSHA had created the rule to try to get around court...more

OSHA’s Top 10 Hits: The Most Common Citations

CitationsOSHA has released its list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations that occurred in the last fiscal year. Not surprisingly, the list has hardly changed from previous years. Employers who take a...more

Federal OSHA Solicits Comments on a Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings

On Dec. 7, 2016, the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) published a request for information (RFI) to solicit information on a potential standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social...more

California OSHA Sets the Bar By Adopting the Strongest Workplace Violence Prevention Standard in the Nation

Oct. 21, 2016, after nearly two years of meetings and work, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) adopted a standard intended to reduce workplace violence against healthcare...more

Regulated Industry Successfully Challenges New OSHA Process Safety Management Enforcement Policies

On September 23, 2016, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wrongfully adopted new safety requirements for fertilizer dealers who have to comply with the Process Safety...more

OSHA New Reporting Requirements and Anti-Retaliation Rules for Workplace Safety Violations

On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule intended to inform workers, OSHA and the public about workplace hazards that occur at an employer’s worksite. Under the new rule,...more

OSHA Announces Long-Awaited Final Rule to Limit Employee Exposure to Silica and Adopts New Standards That Are "Among the Broadest...

On March 24, 2016, after a 45-year effort, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a final rule intended to limit workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica, a carcinogenic dust pervasive in...more

OSHA Soliciting Comments for New Guidance for Determining Potential Health Hazards of Chemicals

On February 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced that it plans to issue new guidance as part of its effort to protect workers from the hazards of chemicals....more

Departments of Justice and Labor Announce Initiative to Provide for Significantly Increased Criminal Penalties for Workplace...

On December 17, 2015, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced an expansion to the Worker Endangerment Initiative intended to increase the frequency and effectiveness of criminal...more

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