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 -
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Zika Virus and the Legal Issues With an Employee's Refusal to Work

It’s big news! On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement declaring Zika virus to be a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” The WHO did not find a public health justification...more

The Zika Virus: FAQs For Employers

On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika a global public health emergency. This is only the fourth time that the WHO has declared the spread of a disease to be a “public health emergency of...more

Important Updates to OSHA’s Reporting Requirements and Penalties for Violations

There has been a recent flurry of activity in the employment law arena—including several proposed changes to employers’ reporting requirements for workplace injuries, as well as increased penalties imposed by the Occupational...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - February 2016

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes the recently signed U.S.-Mexico bilateral agreement that liberalizes air services between the two countries, new Cuba-related regulations loosening...more

OSHA Issues New Whistleblower Investigations Manual

Following through on its April 2015 “clarification” of the investigative standard in whistleblower matters, OSHA issued a new whistleblower investigations manual overnight restating the mission of its...more

OSHA Is Ready for the February 1 Recordkeeping Deadline... Are You?

The deadline for OSHA’s recordkeeping requirement mandating that all covered employers post a summary (300A Summary) of its prior year’s work-related injuries and illnesses is February 1. Per the mandate, this summary must be...more

Federal ALJ Allows OSHA to Seek Enterprise-Wide Abatement of Hazards Discovered at One Location

OSHA inspections are usually site-specific, meaning that the agency’s authority to issue penalties and to seek abatement of workplace hazards applies to the workplace actually inspected. Last month, a federal Administrative...more

Meeting OSHA's Reporting Requirements – Posting Starts February 1

Like death and taxes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can always be counted on to ratchet up enforcement efforts against employers each year. 2016 appears to be no different. The year begins with the...more

[Webinars] The Benefit of Becoming an OSHA Whisperer: Speaking the Language of Regulators - Meritas Capability Webinar - Feb....

Our speaker, Courtney Malveaux, is a business attorney who lends unique insight when it comes to dealing with OSHA. As a Labor Commissioner, Malveaux was personally involved in OSHA inspections, citations and legal contests...more

The Zika Virus: Frequently Asked Questions for Employers

The Zika virus is receiving significant press coverage, including reports that it may cause birth defects if pregnant women are exposed.  Employers may wonder if they have obligations to protect or accommodate employees under...more

10 Most Common Workplace Injuries

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the number of work related fatalities has declined by more than 65 percent in the last few decades, and work related and illnesses have declined by an impressive...more

What To Expect From OSHA In 2016 And Beyond …

The New Year is here and with that comes yet another year of enhanced OSHA enforcement and new OSHA regulations. Further, due to the upcoming end of President Obama’s time in office , questions exist as to whether OSHA will...more

Environmental, Health & Safety – What to Watch in 2016

To round out our series on industry and legal outlooks for 2016, I have compiled some of the many things for manufacturers to be aware of in the Environmental Health & Safety world for 2016....more

OSHA To Increase Maximum Civil Penalties in 2016

As employers look ahead to 2016, it will be important to consider the impact of Section 701 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314), which was signed into law by President Obama on November 2, 2015. This bill...more

Labor Compliance to Affect Contractor Eligibility For Awards of Federal Contracts in 2016

Contractors pursuing federal work have a host of legal compliance responsibilities and that list keeps getting longer. Recently, the White House has focused on labor regulation initiatives including executive orders...more

OSHA Continues Delayed Enforcement of Confined Space Standard for Residential Contractors

As we discussed last summer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new Confined Space in Construction Standard, which went into effect on August 3, 2015 and required heightened training, continuous...more

Litigating Environmental Whistleblower Claims Under OSHA Procedures

The federal government is allocating more time and resources to whistleblower programs. Now, more than ever, companies need to take steps to minimize exposure to whistleblower claims. When a whistleblower case is filed, it...more

OSHA and FAA Sign Agreement on Protecting Airline Workers from Retaliation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently completed a Memorandum of Understanding (December 1, 2015), which will permit the sharing of information under...more

DOJ shifts enforcement of worker safety violations to Environmental Crimes Section

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates announced in a December 17 memo that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are making a renewed commitment “to utilize criminal prosecution as an...more

OSHA and DOJ to Join Forces on Safety Violations/Penalties to Increase

Employers that violate safety-related laws are likely to face more aggressive enforcement and steeper penalties in the future under new legislation allowing the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) to increase...more

Going Rogue? OSHA Violation Defense Defused Where Supervisor and Subordinate Participate

If a supervisor engages in OSHA-violating conduct alongside a subordinate, is the company liable? The Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed an Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) decision answering that...more

OSHA's Delay in Launching Its Web Portal Raises Concerns for the Proposed Recordkeeping Rule

At the start of 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made several changes to its regulations requiring employers to report certain work-related injuries and illnesses. Under the previous rule,...more

A TED Talk’s Roadmap for Staying Calm When an Active Shooter’s at the Door

An armed gunman just entered your workplace. You’re under stress. What is the first thing you and your management team do?...more

Federal OSHA Releases Online Injury Reporting Form

Last month, after considerable delay, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration started a new web page that allows employers to make online reports of employee injuries and illnesses. The online resource was...more

5 Things Manufacturers Should Be Watching In 2016 In The Areas of Corporate Compliance / Litigation

This is the first in a series of posts that provide industry and legal outlooks for manufacturers as we head into 2016. I will start with corporate compliance and litigation. Matt will follow with labor/employment. And,...more

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