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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OSHA overreach on workplace drug testing

Responsible employers routinely test employees for the use of illegal drugs. Testing promotes safety, controls workers’ compensation costs and promotes compliance with federal regulations. Oklahoma law gives employers the...more

Comments on 2011 Proposed SNURs Prompt Proposal Regarding Hierarchy of Controls

On July 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed changes to the existing regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to align these...more

New OSHA Rule Creates Concern for Employers’ Drug and Alcohol Testing Policies

As we reported in May 2016, OSHA recently published a rule that phases in new requirements for employers. Certain portions of the rule that protect employees against retaliation for reporting injuries and illnesses are giving...more

California Legislative Update: Heading Into The 2016 Session's Final Month

The California Legislature will return from its July recess on August 1, and will devote that month to final consideration of legislation for 2016. The session has entered a somewhat anticlimactic stage for employment...more

Be Prepared: Civil Penalties to Rise Starting August 1

Effective August 1, OSHA, EPA and the Department of the Interior, among other federal agencies, are raising the ranges of civil penalties assessed under their respective programs. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...more

OSHA Provides Guidance On Its New “Reasonable Reporting Procedure” Rule

The recent settlement of a whistleblower case brought under Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act has provided the first guidance by OSHA of its expectations under the new §1904.35 “Reasonable Reporting...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Portions of New Recordkeeping Rules

In response to employer complaints and a new federal lawsuit, on July 13, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a delay in enforcement of the non-retaliation portions of its new injury and...more

Quirky Question #286: Best Practices on Restroom Access and Terminology for Transgender Employees

Question: There has been a lot of news coverage lately on restroom policies related to transgender employees. Can you provide some guidance on how to structure our restroom-use policies to be both lawful and respectful of...more

OSHA prohibition on post-accident testing requires immediate action by employers

One of the most common matters that we assist our clients in understanding is the set of legal parameters under which an employer can conduct employee drug and alcohol testing. For a variety of reasons, we encourage employers...more

OSHA's New Rule Impacts the Health Care Industry

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule that becomes effective January 1, 2017 requiring healthcare industry employers to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness...more

New OSHA Rule May Require Employers to Update Drug-Testing Policies

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new reporting rule goes into effect August 10, 2016. Although it does not expressly address post-accident drug testing, OSHA’s commentary related to the new rule...more

How a Tight Fit Creates Lethal Dangers

Plumbers, electricians, cleaning technicians, and other professionals are often required to work in confined spaces. This presents a number of dangers such as becoming trapped, being seriously injured by equipment, or being...more

OSHA Civil Penalties Spike by 80% on August 1st

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Interim Final Rule to implement the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act passed last Fall as part of the highly publicized “Bipartisan Budget...more

OSHA Settlement May Point Direction on Injury Reporting Policies

Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signaled an intention to take employers to task for maintaining policies that required employees to immediately report workplace injuries and...more

The DOL Isn't Done Yet and Non-Compliance is Getting More Expensive Than Ever

Employers around the country are busy trying to keep up with the fast and furious rule-making from the Department of Labor. From OSHA reporting requirements, the persuader and fiduciary rules and the new overtime regulations,...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of New Reporting Requirements for Drug & Alcohol Testing

As previously reported, OSHA’s latest revisions for covered employers will dramatically impact routine post-accident drug testing programs. The new rules are available for review here, but here’s what you need to know...more

OSHA Promulgates New Rule on Respirable Silica Particles

Workers who inhale very small crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing serious — and often deadly — silica-related diseases. These tiny particles (known as “respirable” particles) can penetrate deep...more

UPDATE: Deadline for OSHA Anti-Retaliation Provisions delayed to November 1, 2016

As an update to last week’s blog post [Mark Your Calendar! Deadline on New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule is Around the Corner], the initial deadline to comply with OSHA’s new anti-retaliation provisions has been pushed back from...more

Environmental Notes - July 2016

CONGRESS FINDS THE FORMULA TO REFORM CHEMICAL REGULATION - The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) is the primary federal law by which the manufacture, import and use of chemical substances are regulated in the United...more

OSHA Delays Implementation of New Anti-Retaliation Regulations in Light of Legal Challenge

On July 13, 2016, OSHA announced its decision to delay implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions from its new injury and illness tracking rule until November 1, 2016. As Bryan Cave recently discussed, the rules had...more

ACA Retaliation: Let Us Tell You A Little Story about A Man Named Jed

Jed, employed by Drysdale LLC, a janitorial contractor, recently began working nights at the National Bank of Commerce, supervised by the Bank’s Chief of Security. Jed’s family had health insurance until his wife lost her...more

Proposed Oil Refinery Regulations Tackle Safety Concerns

On July 14, 2016, the California Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced a “landmark set of regulations to strengthen workplace and environmental safety at oil refineries across the state.” The refinery safety...more

New OSHA Rule Impacts Employer Drug Testing Policies

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its new final rule to "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses." The new rule is meant to prevent employers from...more

Violence In The Workplace: Is Your Business At Risk?

A large portion of my practice is concentrated in the area of workplace violence prevention. When I mention this at bar events and cocktail parties, it must conjure up images of mass shootings and SWAT teams. However,...more

OSHA Delays Effective Date of New Anti-Retaliation Rule

OSHA has announced that it will delay the implementation of its new anti-retaliation rule from August 10 to November 1, 2016, in order “to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for...more

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