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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What Employers Need To Know About Puzder’s Selection As Labor Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has announced that he would nominate Andrew Puzder to be the next Secretary of Labor. This Cabinet-level position heads the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), one of the federal agencies that has...more

Republican Congressmen Continues Information Demand on OSHA Joint-Employer Standard

Congressional leaders again have pressed the Department of Labor for information on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s potential guidance to OSHA investigators on determining if there is a joint-employer...more

OSHA Reports Continuing Decrease in Workplace Injuries

Over the past decade, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported a steady decline in the number of reported workplace injuries and illnesses in the U.S. Initially, the agency attributed this drop to...more

OSHA Update: OSHA Issues Recommended Practices for Construction Safety and Health Programs

Following the October 18th release of its “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs,” OSHA issued similar Recommended Practices for the construction industry on December 1, 2016. Unlike general industry,...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - December 2016

Littler's WPI Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The December edition of the Insider Report discusses recent efforts to block...more

New Electronic Reporting Rule for Workplace Injuries in Effect

OSHA’s new rule requiring employers to electronically submit data on workplace injuries and illnesses went into effect yesterday, December 1, 2016. Actual electronic submissions to OSHA, however, do not begin until July 2017....more

Federal Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction on OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Regulation

On Nov. 28, 2016 a federal judge in Texas cleared the way for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new anti-retaliation regulation to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016, at least temporarily (Texo ABC/AGC,...more

A Trump Administration: Will Industry Be “Safe” from Overregulation?

The nation has decided, and the next President of the United States will be: Donald Trump! You might have read about this somewhere. But what does his yuge victory mean for OSHA for the next four years? Well, the honest...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of November 28th

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

Employers Should Review Their Drug Testing Policies To Avoid Possible OSHA Penalties

Effective November 1, 2016, employers now face several new requirements from OSHA relating to injury and illness reporting. Among other requirements that went into effect, employers should now post OSHA’s “It’s the Law”...more

OSHA's Enforcement of New Anti-Retaliation Provisions Commences on December 1, 2016, as Industry's Request for Preliminary...

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) vague, broad and controversial new anti-retaliation regulations prohibiting employers from retaliating or taking adverse action against employees who report injuries...more

OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Workplace Illness and Injury Reporting Rule: How Employers Can Prepare

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas denied a preliminary injunction that sought to block the nationwide implementation of the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s...more

OSHA’s New Rule Will Impact Employer Post-Accident Drug Testing Policies

On November 28, 2016, a Texas federal judge denied a request for a preliminary injunction, which sought to enjoin implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s...more

Federal Court Denies Motion For Preliminary Injunction Of Anti-Retaliation Provisions of OSHA Reporting Rule

Yesterday, a federal judge denied a preliminary injunction filed by several businesses and business groups regarding the anti-retaliation portion of OSHA’s final rule regarding injury and illness reporting. As previously...more

Court Allows OSHA’s Reporting Rule To Proceed As Scheduled Although Rule Can Still Be Challenged, December 1 Effective Date Is On...

On November 28, a Texas federal court judge issued a ruling that cleared the way for the whistleblower provisions of the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Recordkeeping Rule to take effect as scheduled....more

New OSHA Silica Rule Deadline Is Rapidly Approaching – Are You Ready?

While the Summer of 2018 may seem far away, companies should be preparing now to be ready to meet the significant new requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) new rule for respirable...more

Texas Court Declines to Enjoin OSHA's Anti-Retaliation Rules

In the last few weeks, federal courts in Texas have been the center of attention, deciding what rules and regulations of the current administration may fall to legal challenges asserted in the jurisdiction by collections of...more

Court Refuses To Block OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Rule That Restricts Post-Accident Drug Testing And Safety Incentive Programs

A federal judge in Dallas, Texas, decided Monday that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration could begin enforcing the anti-retaliation provisions of its new “Reasonable Reporting Procedure” rule starting tomorrow...more

Revised OSHA Fall Protection Standard Imposes New Obligations on Employers

OSHA recently published a long-anticipated final rule amending its existing Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standards. The rule, which applies to general industry, seeks to improve worker...more

OSHA, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Musical Soundtrack to OSHA’s NewDrug Testing and Anti-Retaliation Rule

It’s the first of December. Significant changes in workplace safety law take effect today. OSHA’s new drug testing and anti-retaliation rule, which alters the circumstances when drug testing can be conducted and...more

Federal Judge Refuses to Block New OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule from Taking Effect Tomorrow

A federal judge has refused to issue a preliminary injunction to block OSHA’s new anti-retaliation and discrimination rule from taking effect as scheduled. This means that tomorrow, December 1, the rule prohibiting employers...more

OSHA’s Regulation of Post-Accident Drug and Alcohol Testing to Become Effective, For Now

On November 28, 2016, a federal district court issued an order that allowed OSHA to move forward with implementation of its controversial standards related to mandatory post-accident drug testing programs and incident-based...more

Court Denies Motion to Stay OSHA’s Enforcement of Anti-Retaliation Elements of E-Recordkeeping Rule

On November 28, 2016, the federal district court Judge in the Northern District of Texas hearing Industry’s legal challenge to the anti-retaliation portions of OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping rule (i.e., limits on injury...more

OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Will Take Effect December 1

A federal judge on November 28 refused to block implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting rule scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. The business groups challenging the rule...more

OSHA Update: Court Allows OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Rules To Stand – At Least For Now

On November 28, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas denied a request for a preliminary injunction to prevent enforcement of OSHA’s controversial new anti-retaliation rules. The plaintiffs...more

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