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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

Less than a Month to Go: Top Six Tips on Mandatory Occupational Health and Safety Training in Ontario

Effective July 1, 2014, employers in Ontario will be required to ensure that all workers and supervisors have completed a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program as soon as practicable, pursuant to the...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

Subchapter M - Inspecting the Uninspected

On September 10th of this year, the President and CEO of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) appeared before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and called for finalization by late 2013 or...more

Proposed OSHA Workplace Data Program Could Lead to More Targeted Employer Inspections

OSHA has issued a proposed regulation that, for the first time ever, would require certain employers to submit workplace injury and illness data directly to OSHA in electronic format. After being submitted, the data would...more

ALJ Rules Mine Operators Do Not Have Right to Perform Pre-operational Examinations of Equipment Prior to MSHA Inspection, Citing...

In an opinion issued on December 10, 2013, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission Administrative Law Judge Richard Manning ruled that allowing operators to perform examinations of mobile equipment immediately prior...more

Congress Passes Compounding Quality Act

The Senate approved a human prescription compounding bill (H.R. 3204) Monday by voice vote, sending it to President Obama for his signature. The bill had been in the works since last year, when a meningitis outbreak from...more

GAO: BLM Needs To Improve Oil and Gas Well Inspections

In addition to reviewing the BLM’s oil and gas permitting workload, the GAO report analyzed actions BLM took to mitigate the environmental impacts of federal oil and gas development. Based on its review, the GAO recommends...more

Wal-Mart Agrees to Precedent-Setting Corporate-Wide Settlement with OSHA Over Shopping Cart Full of Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.'s corporate-wide settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor ("settlement") on August 7, 2013. The announcement was made by...more

Get Ready for OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard Employee Training Deadline December 1, 2013

In March 2012, OSHA revised its Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) to align it with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS is an international approach to...more

Italy Real Estate Update - July 2013

EARTHQUAKE-RESISTANCE REGULATIONS: WHAT ARE THE DUTIES REGARDING EXISTING BUILDINGS? The development of regulations requiring earthquake resistance in buildings in Italy has been a complicated process, often resulting...more

A Texas Whistleblower Could Have Saved Lives

On April 17, 2013, the West Fertilizer plant, owned by Adair Grain, Inc., exploded, killing at least 14 and injuring hundreds more. Although months have passed since the explosion, many questions remain. ...more

OSHA Reminds Its Inspectors To Look At Egress Issues

If OSHA pays you a visit anytime in the next few months, you can expect that they will also look at egress issues at your workplace. In June 17th's edition of OSHA's Quick Takes, OSHA issued the following...more

OSHA Issues Controversial Opinion Letter Concerning Union Presence During Inspections

Employers should be aware of a recent opinion letter issued by OSHA, the branch of the United States Department of Labor charged with enforcing federal law governing workplace safety and health....more

MSHA/OSHA Report - May 2013

Escalating Enforcement by MSHA of Prohibition against Advance Notice of Inspection - Section 103 of the Federal Mine Safety Act requires the Secretary of Labor to conduct frequent inspections and investigations at...more

OSHA Opens Worksites to Allow Union Representatives to Participate in Walk-around Inspections of Non-Union Companies

In a new letter of interpretation publically released on April 5, 2013 (originally dated February 5, 2013), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced for the first time that during an OSHA inspection...more

Non-Union Employees at Worksite Safety Inspections Contradicts OSHA Regulation and Creates Host of Issues for Employers

With private sector union density steadily declining, unions will take help anywhere they can get it. The most recent case in point: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued an interpretation letter on...more

Does your construction company use temporary workers?

OSHA has issued a new memorandum regarding the use of temporary workers. See, April 29, 2013 memorandum from Richard Fairfax. ...more

Your Rights in an OSHA Inspection

A workplace inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can result in substantial penalties where violations are found. Employers need to know their rights during an inspection, including the right...more

Despite Possible OHSA Charges, Employer’s Appeal Of MOL Inspector’s Order May Proceed

An employer’s appeal of a Ministry of Labour inspector’s compliance orders may proceed, despite the inspector’s ongoing investigation into possible charges, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled....more

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