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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is a United States federal agency established in 1970 by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. OSHA is part of the Department of Labor and is charged... more +
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is a United States federal agency established in 1970 by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. OSHA is part of the Department of Labor and is charged with assuring healthy, safe, working environments. OSHA sets and enforces safety standards and policies. Examples of OSHA's duties include setting limits on workers' exposure to hazardous substances, ensuring workers have access to safety information and protective equipment, and providing employers and workers proper training to prevent dangerous conditions. less -

OSHA Launches New Website For Electronically Filing Injury And Illness Reports

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electronic portal, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), where employers can file web-based reports of workplace injuries or illnesses, will be accessible beginning...more

Three Needless Deaths: Recognize Confined Space Dangers On Your Job Sites

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On July 14, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a contractor for 10 serious violations after the deaths of three workers who succumbed to toxic gases in a manhole on...more

Federal Agencies Scale Back Their Workplace Regulatory Ambitions

by Littler on

During the prior administration, congressional gridlock prevented many significant labor and employment bills from advancing. Federal agencies picked up the slack, issuing several rules to help carry out much of President...more

Rules To Come? Future Regulatory Agenda For OSHA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It’s that time of year again…when the federal government tells the regulated community what types of rulemaking initiatives that various agencies are undertaking for the year. Yesterday, the semiannual regulatory agenda was...more

An Update on OSHA’s Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

We have received a number of questions about the current status of OSHA’s new electronic injury and illness reporting rule. There is, yet again, more to report! First things first: the implementation date of the rule has...more

OSHA Proposes Delay for New Injury Reporting Requirements

Late last month, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a proposed delay for implementation of its new injury and illness reporting requirements until December 1. The rule originally was...more

Stuntman’s death on ‘The Walking Dead’ set a sad reminder of common workplace hazards

by FordHarrison on

Tragically, stuntman John Bernecker died last week in Atlanta after falling 30 feet to a concrete floor while working on a fight scene for AMC’s zombie-apocalypse series “The Walking Dead.” In response, the show temporarily...more

New OSHA Regulations - Does Your Drug Testing Policy Comply?

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

At the end of last year, OSHA began enforcing new regulatory rules expanding the requirements for employers’ reporting and submitting workplace injury and illness records. These new reporting requirements also contain new...more

OSHA Exempts Monorail Hoists From Cranes And Derricks Regulations

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new enforcement policy that excludes monorail hoists from regulations on cranes and derricks in constructions. Stakeholders had argued that monorail hoists are...more

OSHA’S Electronic Recordkeeping Web Portal To Be Available On August 1, 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

As part of OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping rule previously discussed in prior blogs, certain employers will be required to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their 2016 Form 300A. OSHA believes...more

Doing The [Porta]Potty Dance: Fair Employment And Housing Council Votes To Adopt Emergency Rule Regarding Signage For Single User...

by Weintraub Tobin on

At its meeting on July 17, 2017, the Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) addressed a conflict between its regulations and OSHA’s regulations, regarding gender-neutral restroom facilities. AB 1732, enacted as Health...more

OSHA issues press release regarding Portal for Electronic Recordkeeping Reporting to be available beginning August 1

by Fisher Phillips on

OSHA issued a press release on July 14, 2017 (see link at https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html ) regarding the availability of the portal for electronic recordkeeping reporting. The portal will become available on...more

Lawsuits Challenging OSHA Rule Halted as OSHA Reconsiders Rule

by FordHarrison on

In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated the Record Keeping Modernization Rule (the Rule) which required certain employers to submit injury and illness data electronically and...more

Avoiding an explosive situation: fireworks in the workplace

by Kirton McConkie PC on

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY - Boom! The sky is filled with glimmering light in all colors of the rainbow, and the crowd “Oohs” and “Aahs.” It’s that time of year, when roadside fireworks stands start popping up on every street...more

Trump Announces Picks for National Labor Relations Board

Late last month, President Trump announced his two picks for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): William Emanuel, a management-side labor attorney in private practice, and Marvin Kaplan, an attorney for the...more

[Webinar] OSHA Status of Pres. Trump’s Agenda for the “Deconstruction of the Administrative State” - August 15th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

President Trump was carried to the White House on promises (or threats) of rolling back government regulations. At the CPAC conference this year, Pres. Trump’s Sr. Policy Advisor, Steve Bannon, framed much of Trump’s agenda...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Workplace Policy under the Trump Administration Begins to Take Shape as "Repeal and Replace" of the ACA...

by Littler on

Five months into President Trump's term, his administration's workplace policy is beginning to take shape. From notable developments at the Department of Labor (DOL), to long-awaited nominations to the National Labor...more

OSHA Releases PSM Guidance for Explosives and Pyrotechnics Manufacturing and for Storage Facilities

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New OSHA guidance documents may provide employers in these industries with another tool for carefully measuring compliance with the PSM standards....more

June 2017: The Top 15 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. June 2017 was no different, with...more

Flurry of Activity by Trump Department of Labor, Including Action on the Enjoined FLSA Overtime Exemption Regulations

On April 27, 2017, the Senate confirmed R. Alexander Acosta as the Secretary of Labor.  More than four months after President Trump took office, the U.S. Department of Labor finally had a new leader....more

SEC, CFTC and OSHA Officials Offer Candid Insights into Whistleblower Programs’ Results, Priorities, and Future Directions

On June 28, 2017, three prominent whistleblower law regulators spoke at PLI’s Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, which was co-chaired by Orrick partners Mike Delikat and Renee Phillips. With the standard disclaimer that their...more

OSHA delays new online injury reporting requirement

by GableGotwals on

Q: Is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) changing its reporting rules for employers regarding workplace injury and illness? A: Partially. While the obligation to report doesn’t change, OSHA is...more

KY OSHA Delays Silica Compliance Date For Construction Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In March 2016, Federal OSHA promulgated a final rule on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica for Construction, which established a new permissible exposure limit and contained several ancillary provisions that apply to...more

OSHA Fall Protection Rule Raises Questions Over ‘Temporary, Relatively Infrequent’ Work

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

New questions are emerging about key provisions the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s updated rule to prevent falls. Effective January 17, 2017, the final rule updating OSHA’s general industry Walking-Working...more

OSHA Proposes To Delay Electronic Submission Of Recordkeeping Forms Until December

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As part of the final rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness, issued in May 2016, employers had a phased in compliance deadline for the electronic submission of record keeping forms. For 2017, employers...more

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