Safety Inspections

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U.S. construction companies and manager face fines of nearly $2 million for exposing workers to asbestos

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) has cited a construction company and its manager for asbestos-related violations and imposed fines of almost $2 million.  Safety regulators are increasingly taking...more

OSHA Broadens Scope of Inspections in Hospitals and Nursing Homes

On June 25, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a memorandum, entitled "Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings," establishing new guidance for OSHA staff for inspections...more

The Quirks of Mid-Atlantic State OSHA Plans: North Carolina

While a “State-OSHA Plan” must at least meet Fed-OSHA standards, these plans often develop their own additional requirements and have widely varying enforcement and appeal processes. When Federal OSHA adopts a new regulation,...more

HCS: OSHA Issues Inspection Procedures for Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)

On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued OSHA Directive Number CPL 02-02-079. The Directive is intended to establish "policies and procedures to ensure...more

Employers to Focus on Conducting TB Risk Assessments Following New OSHA Directive

On July 13, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an enforcement directive, Enforcement Procedures and Scheduling for Occupational Exposure to Tuberculosis (CPL 02-02-078) (2015 Directive),...more

OSHA Concentrates its Health Care Facility Inspections on Key Areas, but Specific Requirements Remain Elusive

On June 25, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a press release outlining its focus areas for health care facility inspections. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs),...more

OSHA Announces Major Focus on Healthcare Industry

In late June, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced a major initiative that will intensify and expand the agency’s enforcement resources in the healthcare industry, with a focus on several common...more

Ontario MOL Releases 2015-16 Safety Inspection Blitz Schedule

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released its schedule of workplace inspection blitzes for the period from May 2015 to March 2016. The schedule gives employers advance notice of what MOL inspectors will look for when they...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

New York City Building Owners Granted One-Time Amnesty of Façade Inspection Safety Program

Under Local Law 11 (LL11), the New York City Department of Buildings requires owners of buildings that are six stories or greater to have exterior walls inspected once every five years. Commonly referred to as FISP (Façade...more

EEOC Denied Inspection Of Employer’s Premises

In EEOC v. Vicksburg Healthcare, LLC, No. 13-CV-895 (S.D. Miss. Apr. 22, 2015), Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi denied the EEOC’s request to be allowed to...more

An OSHA Inspection Can Be Costly for the Unprepared Employer

Knock Knock!  Who’s there?  OSHA.  OSHA who?  OSHA, the federal agency responsible for workplace safety, which is going to hit your company with hefty fines if you are not prepared. This is no joke.  OSHA is a very active and...more

Do You Really Know How To Manage An OSHA Inspection?

Many articles on handling OSHA inspections provide the same basic guidelines and little explanation of why employers should take certain steps. You already know to take photos whenever the Compliance Officer (CO) takes shots...more

OSHA Strengthens Local Emphasis on Hazardous Chemical Compliance

Omaha Area Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a brand-new local emphasis program that will introduce regular health inspections at funeral homes, product and chemical...more

Protect Your Safety Investigations and Deliberations From Prying Eyes

Every day companies deal with an ongoing safety analysis of their own products. These Safety Teams are routinely interdepartmental. The Safety Teams must consider design changes, manufacturing issues, potential recalls,...more

What to do When an Inspector Comes Knocking

Visits to workplaces by work health and safety (WHS) inspectors are a necessary part of the enforcement regime of WHS regulators. They often occur in circumstances where organisations are under considerable time pressures,...more

OSHA Announces Auto Industry Inspection Sweep

Alarmed by what it calls "higher than normal incidents of injuries and safety lapses," the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration has launched an inspection of auto parts plants across Alabama, Georgia and...more

MSHA Initiates Enforcement Review of Elevator Safety at Cement Operations

In the aftermath of a fatal elevator accident in February 2014 at a cement plant in Kentucky, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has initiated an unannounced elevator enforcement review at cement operations...more

Increased Crude Oil Rail Shipments Drive Boost in Funding for DOT HazMat Programs

By a vote of 29-1, on June 5, 2014, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed legislation (S. 2438) funding fiscal year (FY) 2015 activities for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT’s programs for crude oil and...more

New FDA Strategy Document for FSMA, Food Safety Modernization ACT

The USDA has issued a new “strategy” document that outlines the agency’s direction with regard to implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”). The document is intended to “to guide the next phase of FSMA...more

OSHA Focusing On Recidivism In Its 2014 Site-Specific Targeting

OSHA’s Site Specific Targeting (SST) program is aimed at high-hazard, non-construction workplaces and serves as OSHA’s primary plan for programmed inspections of these employers. The latest plan, SST-14, is coupled to an...more

The "Do"s and "Don't"s of an OSHA Inspection

In This Presentation: - What is OSHA? - Who Needs OSHA? - Some "Don't"s Before OSHA Knocks - Some "Do"s - Inspection Procedure - Some "Don't"s of an Inspection - Some "Do"s - After the...more

Philadelphia Enacts New Laws Tightening Building and Demolition Regulations

In June 2013, a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed onto a neighboring building, killing six people and injuring 14. Philadelphia’s construction and demolition regulations were closely scrutinized in the...more

Anticipating, Preparing for, and Handling Surprise OSHA Inspections

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the "Act"), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") has very broad powers, including the authority to conduct workplace inspections without providing...more

Energy Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: Oil & Gas Regulatory, Government Relations: Congress Probes Crude Rail Safety Developments; Voluntary Industry-Regulator Agreement Addresses Safety Concerns - Environmental: A "Diesel...more

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