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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 -

DOL Temporarily Shuts Down OSHA Injury Reporting Portal Because of Possible Data Breach

by Fisher Phillips on

According to Bloomberg BNA, the Labor Department temporarily shut down OSHA’s (ITA) “Injury Tracking Application” portal for employers to report injuries and illnesses so that OSHA can investigate a “potential compromise” of...more

OSHA and Workplace Violence: What Contractors Need to Know

Although most contractors go to great lengths to promote jobsite safety, the fatal injury rate in the construction industry – which employs almost 6.5 million people – still exceeds that of any other U.S. industry. The...more

NIOSH Report Highlighting Second Decade of Research Agenda Includes Nano Developments

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On August 10, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled National Occupational Research Agenda: Second Decade in Review | 2006-2016. The report outlines the progress...more

Need OSHA Action On Ammonium Nitrate And Healthcare Workplace Violence, Government Monitor Urges

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Focus is needed on two safety and health priorities: healthcare workplace violence and high-risk facilities that handle hazardous substances such as ammonium nitrate, chief of the Government Accountability Office Gene L....more

OSHA Suspends ITA Due To Security Breach

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On Monday we blogged about the availability of the new OSHA Injury Tracking Application (“ITA”) that serves as the web portal for the submission of injury and illness information (300 Logs, 301 Forms and 300A Forms) under...more

How to Survive the Dog Days of Summer: OSHA’s Yearly Heat Campaign Sizzles

On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: “Water. Rest. Shade.” As part of the seventh annual heat illness prevention campaign,...more

OSHA To Hold Second Public Meeting To Discuss Voluntary Protection Programs

by Cozen O'Connor on

As generally expected under a Republican administration, OSHA appears more focused on compliance and a collaborative working relationship with businesses. As part of this strategy, OSHA recently announced it will hold its...more

California DFEH’s new transgender regulations go into effect

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Effective July 1, 2017, California employers became subject to new regulations, promulgated by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), interpreting the California Fair Employment and Housing Act's...more

OSHA Launches Injury Tracking Application

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On August 1, 2017, OSHA finally launched its web portal to accept submission of recordkeeping forms pursuant to the requirements in the final rule, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.” Under the rule,...more

Attention Dental Offices - Are You Ready for TOSHA?

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

Tennessee OSHA (“TOSHA”) has announced a new Local Emphasis Program related to dental practices and facilities. Based upon data recorded by TOSHA over a ten year period covering 30 inspections performed at dental offices,...more

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Regulatory Plan Backs Off On New Silica Rule, Keeps Workplace Exams Rule

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has a distinctly less ambitious regulatory plan on its plate with the start of the Trump Administration, in line with the campaign promises the President made last year to reduce...more

Occupational Opaqueness: The Uncertain Future of OSHA Regulation and the Electronic Recordkeeping and Reporting Rule

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still without an agency head six months into the presidency of Donald Trump. As such, the future of OSHA is unclear in light of the president’s promises of less...more

Dear Employers, Familiarize Yourself with OSHA's Electronic Injury Tracking Application Before December 1, 2017

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As reported by the Employment Law Observer in June, OSHA has formally proposed to delay the July 1, 2017 deadline for electronic injury and illness reporting to December 1, 2017. Since announcing the delay, OSHA formally...more

OSHA Releases New Online Whistleblower Complaint Form For Workers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a revised online whistleblower complaint form. In an announcement, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt said,...more

OSHA Moves Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Compliance Deadline and Launches New Website for Electronic Submission of Injury and...

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently announced that the deadline requiring certain employers to electronically submit their OSHA injury and illness logs is postponed until December 1, 2017. OSHA...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2017

THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR . . . OSHA’S YEARLY SUMMER HEAT CAMPAIGN - On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: Water. Rest. Shade....more

Prevention Is Key (Er…Required): Will Your State Soon Mandate Workplace Violence Prevention Programs?

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It is no secret to hospital and other healthcare employees that their workplace is no longer a guaranteed safe zone. In fact, recent statistics released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicate...more

OSHA Charges Ahead With Electronic Report Rule

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On June 27, 2017, OSHA issued a press release announcing that it would be delaying the compliance date for its Rule requiring most employers to electronically submit their injury and illness data to OSHA. The press release...more

July 2017: The Top 12 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. July was no different,...more

OSHA-Compliant Incentive Programs

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Many employers utilize incentive programs to reward employees for compliance with company safety policies. Many of these programs utilize a system of rewards based upon the number of consecutive days a facility has been...more

Trump Admin. Pumps the Brakes on New OSHA Rules in its First Regulatory Agenda

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

President Trump was carried to the White House on promises (or threats) of rolling back government regulations. At the CPAC conference this year, Pres. Trump’s Sr. Policy Advisor, Steve Bannon, framed Pres. Trump’s agenda...more

OSHA Issues Safety Fact Sheet On Confined Spaces In Residential Construction

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new fact sheet to assist residential construction employers in meeting safety standards in confined spaces, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. The Fact...more

OSHA is Pushing Eight Months Without an Administrator: How Long Can You Survive Without Your Head?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) remains Administrator-less seven months into President Trump’s administration with the recent retirement of the former acting assistant secretary, Dorothy Dougherty,...more

Time to Electronically Report Your Injury and Illness Records to OSHA - or is it?

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that its Injury Tracking Application, nicknamed “ITA,” will go live on August 1, 2017. ITA, which will be accessible on OSHA’s site here, is a web-based...more

Cannabis Bill Focuses on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Training

Earlier this year, California Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, introduced AB 1700 which seeks to amend the Business and Professions Code to include mandatory sexual harassment training. The bill applies to an applicant...more

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