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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SuperVision Today - November 2014

Notes from the Chair and Executive Editor - Welcome to the fourth quarter edition of SuperVision Today, the quarterly e-newsletter published by Spilman's Labor & Employment Group. With the election results in,...more

OSHA Launches National Dialogue to Update Hazardous Substance Standards

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently launched a national dialogue aimed at revising its permissible exposure limits (PELs) to more effectively prevent the adverse effects of...more

Ebola Preparedness

How should an employer respond when it learns that an employee is planning a trip to West Africa to visit family? What if other employees refuse to come to work because they fear that the returning employee may have been...more

OSHA Releases Top Ten Violations List

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released its list of the top ten most frequently cited safety violations for fiscal year 2014, which concluded on September 30....more

Combatting Ebola in the Workplace – and “Fearbola” Too!

For the first time in weeks, online news reports have been relatively Ebola free. This week, the last Ebola patient in the U.S. was declared Ebola free and released from the New York hospital where he had been quarantined....more

OSHA To Provide Enforcement Discretion On June 2015, Deadline For SDS

On October 31, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) responded to an August 2014 petition from the American Coatings Association (ACA) and other trade associations to extend the June 1, 2015,...more

Ebola: best practices for US employers – 6 questions to ask

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest one of its type in history and the first in West Africa. A severe and often fatal disease in humans, Ebola symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea,...more

A Labor and Employment Audit of Santa’s Workshop

With that first real chill in the air, the holiday season is suddenly upon us. For parents, it is a time to relive our childhood, watching with our children all of those holiday specials ranging from It’s the Great Pumpkin,...more

The Employment Law Authority - October/November 2014

In This Issue: - Employee Benefits. Recent IRS letter reminds employers about issues associated with offering “free” parking - State Round-Up. Learn about the latest employment law news in your state -...more

Failing to correct hazards, pay OSHA fines gets U.S. business owner taken into custody

An Illinois business owner has been taken into custody after his business failed to correct serious trenching hazards and pay Occupational Safety and Health Administration penalties. The case illustrates the personal risk to...more

OSHA Revises Rule on Injury and Illness Reporting and Recordkeeping - What Employers Need to Know Now About the Changes Effective...

On Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule takes effect requiring employers to notify OSHA within eight hours, when an employee is killed on the job; and...more

Ebola May Be Bad Enough, But There Is OSHA, Too

Although most hospitals likely will never encounter a true case of Ebola, that does not mean they are immune to its harms. With nurses and other clinicians clamoring for adequate workplace protections, hospitals must decide...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Protecting Employees from Ebola"

Now that the Ebola virus has made its way to the United States, there is understandable concern about contracting it. Obviously hospitals have a clear responsibility to protect their employees, but what about non-healthcare...more

Are You On OSHA’s New List?

Recently, OSHA announced a revision to its recordkeeping requirements. The revision updates the list of industries required to keep injury and illness records. The new requirements go into effect on January 1, 2015. Some...more

Auto Dealers Will Soon Have To Maintain OSHA 300 Recordkeeping

Come January 1, 2015, OSHA’s newly announced Recordkeeping changes will most harshly affect manufacturers but the largest group affected is auto dealers....more

Six Considerations For Employers Faced With The Ebola Virus Or Other Infectious Diseases

As the Ebola virus has spread to a second city in the United States, and with the potential for additional cities to be affected, many businesses are faced with the difficult task of determining how to properly handle their...more

Employers: How Prepared Are You for Ebola?

Rapidly changing circumstances raise workplace questions. The Ebola epidemic in 2014 has already been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as the worst in history. The extent of this outbreak is...more

Ebola and Other Pandemic Outbreaks: Insights and Legal Considerations for U.S. Employers

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (sometimes called Ebola Virus Disease, EVD or Ebola) is the disease caused by infection with an Ebola virus. Workers performing...more

OSHA Revises Its Recordkeeping Rule

Employers must report to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration all work-related deaths within eight hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours under a newly...more

Will OSHA's New Injury Reporting Rules Discourage Post-Accident Drug Testing?

As previously reported in EmployNews, in August the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that would eventually result in significant changes to the agency’s...more

Obligations During the Ebola Crisis: Ethical and Practical Considerations

Providers and health professionals face many challenges in the shifting sands of the Ebola response, including the extent of their duties to each other and their patients and their obligations under a myriad of laws,...more

When an Employee Requests FMLA Leave for a Workplace Injury, Is the Employer Required to Report it as an OSHA Event?

An issue that implicates both the FMLA and OSHA? Normally, I’d yawn and take a cat nap along with you. But this one is sufficiently interesting: If an employee returns FMLA medical certification confirming the need for...more

Does your company have a Pandemic Coordinator and/or Team to ensure that its employees/business are protected in times of...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends that employers be prepared in advance to deal with the unique workplace issues which arise in the event of a pandemic. The issues extend well beyond whether...more

New OSHA Guidance – Roadmap to Complying with its Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard

Although OSHA implemented its Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard (29 C.F.R. 1926 Subpart CC) back in 2010, it just now released its directive for how OSHA inspectors should enforce that rule. Multiple layers of...more

The health care industry's need for better health programs

Health care workers in Alabama have likely heard about the Ebola virus making its way to Texas, where a second hospital worker contracted the virus. The situation has shown that there may be a need for better health and...more

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