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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Environmental Group Calls for Tighter Regulation of Frac Sand

The U.S. shale boom has generated a boom in a related industry: “frac sand.” Sand has become an integral component of hydraulic fracturing. Oil companies use sand as a “proppant”: after shale formations are injected with...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 9

In our ninth issue of The Construction Advantage, we provide you with a new case, a new statute and updated OSHA rules and requirements. We hope that this newsletter has been helpful and informative to you so far in 2014....more

Time Crunch: OSHA Shortens Reporting Deadlines for Workplace Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has announced a final rule that significantly alters employers’ obligations for reporting workplace injuries to the agency. Under the new rule, employers must notify...more

OSHA Expands Injury Reporting Obligations

Depending upon the nature of your business, it is likely subject to many different, and sometimes overlapping, federal, state and even local regulatory programs. If you are regulated by the “alphabet soup” of acronym-laden...more

OSHA significantly changes reporting rules for injury and illness

On September 18, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") published a Final Rule relating to injury and illness reporting, that includes significant changes to the reporting requirements. The revisions...more

New OSHA Reporting Mandate Includes Single Employee Hospitalization

Prior to January 1, 2015, employers should take steps to ensure compliance with a significant new OSHA rule that requires employers to notify OSHA within 24 hours of the in-patient hospitalization of more than one employee or...more

Electronic Recordkeeping: OSHA Manages to Make a Bad Proposal Even Worse

In November 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed regulations requiring employers to submit injury and illness data electronically, rather than maintain paper OSHA Form 300 logs of...more

OSHA Expands Mandatory Reporting Requirements to Encompass Individual Employee Hospitalizations, Amputations, and Eye Loss

In 2001, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted a regulation requiring employers to report to their local OSHA office any work-related incidents that resulted in an employee death or the in-patient...more

OSHA's Expanding Reach: New Record-Keeping Rules to Dramatically Increase the Number of Reportable Events

Until very recently, OSHA only required employers to notify it of work-related fatalities and incidents involving the in-patient hospitalization of three (3) or more employees. Employers were not required to report single...more

OSHA Issues Final Rules on New Injury Reporting Requirements

Last Friday, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued final rules making significant changes to its injury and illness recording and reporting regulations. The current rule requires employers to report...more

California Proposes Major Changes to Refinery PSM Standard

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has proposed a new Process Safety Management standard for oil refineries (the "Refinery PSM Standard"). The proposal, which is a precursor to formal notice and comment...more

OSHA Announces Final Rule On Recording Requirements

On September 11, 2014, OSHA released its final rule for Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements. The rule, which takes effect on January 1, 2015, makes two important changes that tighten OSHA’s...more

OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee Discusses Planning, New Initiatives

OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (“WPAC”) met on September 3-4, 2014. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor, OSHA, addressed the Committee and discussed recent results and initiatives of OSHA’s...more

OSHA Announces New Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements and Recordkeeping Exemptions

On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule containing two amendments to the Agency's injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting regulations that will go into...more

OSHA Issues Revisions To Recordkeeping Requirements With Compliance Deadline Of January 1, 2015

On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule that updates several provisions of its standards regarding recordkeeping and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses...more

OSHA Broadly Expands Injury Reporting Requirement

Under a new rule issued by OSHA last week, employers will be required to report to the agency any workplace incident resulting in the in-patient hospitalization of even one employee. This report must be made within 24 hours...more

Updates To OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule

All businesses need to be aware the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its recordkeeping rule to improve timeliness and accuracy of reports it receives relating to fatalities and severe...more

OSHA Announces Final Rule Changing List of Establishments Required to Keep Records and Reporting of Work-Related Injuries

On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule changing the list of establishments required to keep records and reporting of work-related injuries. The new rule goes...more

OSHA Changes Reporting Requirements for Work-Related Accidents

On September 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), announced a final rule amending its injury and illness recording and reporting requirements. Although the rule has...more

Inadequate Scaffolding Safety Measures Cited in Georgia Stucco Worker’s Fatal Fall

A 42-year-old construction worker fell to his death in September of 2013 while renovating a dorm at the East Georgia State College in Swainsboro, Georgia. The man toppled 19 feet off scaffolding as he applied stucco to the...more

OSHA Updates Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule – New Rules Take Effect January 1, 2015

OSHA just announced updates to its reporting and recordkeeping requirements for injuries and illnesses, found at 29 CFR 1904. The updates include changes to who is required to comply with the recordkeeping rules, and expands...more

New OSHA Rule Changes Employers' Injury/Illness Reporting Requirements

On September 11, 2014, OSHA issued a final rule regarding employers' recordkeeping and reporting of occupational injuries/illnesses. The final rule takes effect on January 1, 2015, and includes a few changes from current...more

OSHA Announces Final Rule Increasing Employers’ Injury Reporting Obligations

Yesterday OSHA announced a new final rule, effective January 1, 2015, that will increase the obligation of employers to report injuries to OSHA. Currently, federal OSHA requires that employers report work-related fatalities...more

OSHA Announces Significant Alterations to Reporting Requirements

On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule that significantly changes an employer’s duties to report workplace injuries to the agency....more

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