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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You’re NOT Paranoid – the Agencies ARE Ganging Up

Feeling a bit paranoid these days, especially where government oversight or agency investigations are involved? Your perception of reality is probably being driven less by paranoia and more by the upticks in government...more

Potential Blacklisting of Government Contractors Based on Labor Law Violations

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13673, which will require companies bidding on federal contracts to disclose to agency contracting officers any violations (whether by administrative merits...more

OSHA Issues Supplemental Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking To Improve Reporting And Tracking Of Work-Related Injuries And Illnesses

On August 14, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (supplemental notice) that is intended to improve the reporting and tracking of work-related...more

What should employees expect regarding worker safety?

It is easy to understand how employees may not be fully aware of what they should expect regarding worker safety. With job duties, continued training and other concerns, many employees may not even think about safety...more

Enforcing Your Policies Outside The Workplace

All employers adopt and enforce policies regulating conduct at the workplace. Many employers expect that employees will follow their employment polices at all times regardless of whether the employee is working or at work....more

OSHA Emphasizes Employer Safety Obligations to Temporary Employees

Last month, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a policy memorandum intended to set forth safety compliance obligations for temporary employment agencies and the companies using their labor...more

OSHA Update: Legal Privileges Can Shield Accident Reports and Safety Audits from Disclosure

Written accident and incident investigations, as well as comprehensive safety and health compliance audits, are essential components of an effective safety and health program. Unfortunately, OSHA has often pursued accident...more

Guidelines for OSHA Compliance During Hurricane Season

Everyone should be prepared for an emergency. but federal law requires that employers provide a safe work environment even in the face of a natural disaster. Consequently, employers — particularly those in areas most affected...more

Executive Order Requires New Disclosures for Federal Contractors

On Thursday, July 31, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order called "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces," requiring covered federal contractors and subcontractors to publicly report labor violations, to forgo the use of...more

OSHA Issues Policy Background on the Temporary Worker Initiative

On July 15, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a policy memorandum to its Regional Administrators, explaining in greater detail the agency’s Temporary Worker Initiative (“TWI”). The TWI,...more

Federal Contractors Beware – Part 3

Federal contractors beware. More changes are coming your way, again. On July 31, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order titled the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order”. First, the order requires companies...more

New Executive Order Places Additional Reporting Obligations on Government Contractors and Creates an Additional Weapon in the...

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which requires both government contracting officers and government contractors to track and coordinate contractor and subcontractor...more

Executive Order May Block Contractors with Labor Violations from Receiving Federal Contracts

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (“Executive Order”) that requires contractors to (1) disclose recent violations of various workplace laws before being awarded federal...more

Executive Order Requires Reporting Labor Law Violations and Prohibits Arbitration Agreements

As part of President Obama's "Year of Action," President Obama recently announced the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the "Executive Order"). The Executive Order will require prospective federal...more

Protecting Workers From Heat Stress

The long, hot summer months are upon us...Did you know that an employer’s “duty to provide a safe workplace” under OSHA includes protecting employees from illness caused by heat stress? Heat stroke, heat cramps, heat...more

4 Essentials Your Prevention of Workplace Violence Training Must Cover to Build a Safer Workplace

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Marc McElhaney of Critical Response Associates last year when he helped our company create our Preventing Workplace Violence training course. Dr. McElhaney is a highly respected expert in...more

It’s All "Just Paperwork" Until Somebody Gets Hurt: Be Proactive in Preventing Workplace Violence

“Help, there is an angry man waving a gun around in the lobby!” These are the kinds of words no employer wants to hear and can make all other concerns seem trivial in comparison. Sadly, the statistics confirm what we...more

Food Safety Whistleblower Regulations on the Way

Otto von Bismarck once said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Fortunately, the government that makes the laws does want to see the sausage being made and, as such, has instituted new...more

Chemical Safety Board investigator outlines discoveries from West Fertilizer, Charleston water incidents

A fertilizer plant surrounded by homes, schools, and a hospital. A chemical tank that was externally examined but not drained of liquid for a more thorough inspection. These were some of the factors that contributed to two...more

Fatal job-related injuries lead to OSHA investigation

An Alabama man working as a contractor lost his life after suffering from fatal job-related injuries. The man died after a tragic accident that resulted in severe burns on most of his body while he was employed by Ranger...more

If You Can’t Stand the Heat . . .You’re Not Alone: OSHA Kicks Off its Annual Heat Illness Campaign

On May 22, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it was bringing back its heat illness prevention campaign for the fourth straight year. The campaign primarily targets industries with workers...more

The Latest On OSHA's Attempts to Protect Whistleblowers

Section 11 (C) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) states "no person shall discharge or in any manner discriminate against any employee because such employee has filed any complaint or instituted or caused to...more

OSHA Orders Company to Pay SOX Whistleblower Back Wages

According to its recent press release, OSHA issued a preliminary order requiring SpongeTech Delivery Systems, Inc. of New York (Company), a cleaning product company, to pay a complainant $31,835.33 in back wages based on its...more

Next-Phase GHS 2015 Deadlines Loom: Time to Re-Author, Re-Label, and Refocus on Mixtures

Within the next 12-18 months, companies are facing multiple deadlines for various country adaptations of the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UN GHS). These include...more

OSHA Agrees To Refer Untimely Whistleblowers to the NLRB

Thanks to a recent agreement between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Labor Relations Board, safety whistleblowers won't necessarily be defeated by untimely complaints. The agencies have...more

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