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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Spring Regulatory Agenda Sets Forth New Deadlines, Proposals

In keeping with past practice, federal agencies released their spring regulatory agendas on the eve of a holiday weekend. These semiannual reports list all of the federal agency regulations currently under development or...more

OSHA Announces New Rules for Confined Spaces (Effective August 3, 2015)

On May 4, 2015, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a new final rule in the Federal Register intended to increase protection for construction workers in confined spaces (e.g.,...more

U.S. OSHA HCS 2012 Deadline Less Than Two Weeks Away

On March 26, 2012, OSHA issued a final rule modifying its HCS to conform to the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 3. In the final rule, OSHA drastically...more

OSHA Issues New Definition for Whistleblower Activity

In the past several months, we circulated several client alerts relative to a change in the definition of “whistleblower” and what constitutes a protected whistleblowing activity under Section 11(C) of the Occupational Safety...more

OSHA Adds Employers in the Upstream Oil and Gas Drilling Industry to Its Severe Violator Enforcement Program

On February 11, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced revisions to its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (“SVEP”). Under SVEP, employers in designated...more

Delay in Calling 911 After Accident Results in Willful OSHA Violation

Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a willful OSHA citation against an employer that delayed calling for emergency services for 90 minutes after an employee became trapped in a permit-required confined...more

OSHA Clarifies the Standard for Whistleblower Claims

On April 20, 2015, the Acting Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) Whistleblower Protection Programs issued a memorandum to all Regional Administrators clarifying the standard which should be...more

Manufacturers and Temporary Workers

On April 29, 2013, the U.S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its temporary worker initiative. OSHA contends that temporary workers encounter an increased risk of...more

OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Deadline Fast Approaching – Say Hello to New Safety Data Sheets

It seems like so long ago (just over three years, to be exact) that OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of...more

OSHA Final Rule for Confined Spaces in the Construction Industry

Last week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced and issued a 161 page final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. 80 Fed. Reg. 25366 (May 4, 2015), which is effective...more

OSHA Issues New Confined Spaces in Construction Standard

OSHA has issued its long-awaited standard on confined spaces in construction. The new rule will take effect on August 3, 2015. Previously, construction contractors only had to comply with minimal training requirements when it...more

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Confined Spaces in Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its long-awaited final rule on construction work in confined spaces. Beginning August 3, 2015, the new confined spaces in construction standard will replace...more

The Inside Scoop: Top 10 Employer Mistakes According to the Solicitor of Labor

Meeting in our nation's capital and having a strong public policy group have some definite perks, such as getting the inside scoop on employment law trends directly from the Department of Labor's Solicitor. During a recent...more

OSHA Announces Final Rule for Confined Spaces in Construction

On May 1, 2015, Dr. David Michaels, the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher P. Lu announced the issuance of OSHA’s long-awaited Confined Spaces in...more

Injured Worker’s Act was Not Foreseeable: OHSA Charges Against Employer Dismissed

Recently, an Ontario court dismissed Occupational Health and Safety Act charges against an employer where the injured worker’s unexpected and unauthorized act led to his injury. The worker used an overhead crane to rotate a...more

OSHRC Rules Process Safety Violations NOT Barred By OSHA’s Six Month Statute of Limitations

In a decision last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) found that the six month statute of limitations for OSHA to cite an employer does not apply to Process Safety Management (PSM) violations...more

Pa. Toxic Tort Settlement Shows Potential Danger in Benzene Exposure Lawsuits

A settlement recently reached between U.S. Steel Corp. and the widow of a Pennsylvania man allegedly exposed to benzene may fuel use of toxic tort lawsuits to sue over benzene exposures. ...more

Senator Al Franken Introduces Protecting America’s Workers Act

On International Workers’ Memorial Day, U.S. Senator Al Franken, the top Democratic Senator on the Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee, introduced legislation to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act....more

Ninth Circuit Overturns Summary Judgment Issued in Favor of Employer in Retaliation Case

Lukov v. Schindler Elevator Corp., No. 12-17695 (February 24, 2015): In an unpublished decision, the Ninth Circuit recently overturned summary judgment granted to an employer on the plaintiff’s retaliation claims. William...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 16

Welcome to the sixteenth edition of The Construction Advantage! In our latest issue, we thought we would throw a curve ball, in honor of the beginning of baseball season. Construction Law Group Chair Michael Bosse highlights...more

OSHA’s Recent Guidance on Whistleblower Retaliation Investigations

The Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs recently issued a guidance memorandum titled “Clarification of the Investigative Standard for OSHA Whistleblower Investigations,” for the apparent purpose of clarifying the...more

Head Trauma Is A Construction Site Risk

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that approximately 200,000 construction workers are currently employed in Illinois alone. Construction is both a primary industry in the country, and one of...more

Aramark Whistleblower Claims He was Fired After Revealing Company Violations

Jon Costa, a former employee of Aramark, claims that the company fired him after he publicized a number of major food violations that the company committed in its work at Arrowhead and Kaufman stadiums in November 2014. He...more

ARB Issues Impactful Decision On Whistleblower Retaliation Causation Standard

The ARB recently addressed the standard for proving that protected activity was a “contributing factor” in adverse employment actions. It concluded that evidence showing that an employer would have made the same adverse...more

Department of Labor Says "Transparent Government" Begins With...Transparent Data about Businesses?

We’ve reached almost the end of April, and the long delayed, new FLSA regulations are still percolating somewhere in deep inside the DOL. So what has the agency been up to instead? Last month, as part of the annual “Sunshine...more

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