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Ontario MOL consulting on new mandatory construction hazard awareness training

The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing to require all construction employers to ensure that their workers complete a new “construction hazard awareness training” program. This training program would be an add-on,...more

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate (in the Workplace)

For the third consecutive year, OSHA’s second most cited violation was for failure to comply with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The HCS was promulgated in 1983 and requires chemical manufacturers and importers to...more

Watch Out: Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes/Initiatives Are Coming

The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced its 2016 and 2017 enforcement blitz and initiative schedule. In an effort to emphasize the importance of protecting workers’ rights and ensuring employer compliance with both...more

OSHA New Reporting Requirements and Anti-Retaliation Rules for Workplace Safety Violations

On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule intended to inform workers, OSHA and the public about workplace hazards that occur at an employer’s worksite. Under the new rule,...more

OSHA Update: OSHA Announces Drastic New Recordkeeping and Retaliation Rule

On May 11, 2016, OSHA announced the issuance of a final rule regarding recordkeeping. The new rule will require certain employers to electronically submit their injury and illness records to OSHA on an annual basis....more

OSHA Requires Employers to Provide Workplace Injury and Illness Records

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today released a final rule requiring employers to electronically submit injury and illness records to OSHA for posting and viewing by the public on OSHA’s website. Under the prior...more

OSHA's Final Rule on Electronic Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

In keeping with Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels’ promise to “shame” employers into compliance, on May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on electronic...more

OSHA Finalizes New Workplace Injury Reporting Rule

On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) finalized a recordkeeping and reporting rule that will require covered employers to take the additional step of electronically submitting to OSHA,...more

Build Certainty in Business by Changing the Law

Too many lawyers and business leaders overlook one of the best tools in their toolbox. Changing the law to meet your needs can be your best bet. One need is certainty. Knowing that the rules of engagement today will be...more

In NY, What is a “Elevation-Related Hazard?”

Roughly two weeks before annual National Stand-Down Week (May 2-6), New York’s Appellate Division, RebarGridSecond Department, in Vitale v. Astoria Energy II, LLC, affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a worker’s personal...more

Reed Smith, partner in the sixth parliamentary meeting about health at work

This alert sums up the sixth parliamentary meeting on well-being at work. Reed Smith was a partner in these meetings for the second successive year. The minister of labour, Madam El Khomri, delivered the opening address....more

It’s Time for a Toolbox Talk

Join in the National Safety Stand-Down May 2-6, 2016.  The purpose of the stand-down is to raise awareness about preventing fall hazards in the construction industry. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a...more

Watch Out: Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes/Initiatives Are Coming

The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced its 2016 and 2017 enforcement blitz and initiative schedule. In an effort to emphasize the importance of protecting workers’ rights and ensuring employer compliance with both...more

Kentucky OSHA to consider lowering fall protection trigger height

The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will consider amending the state's rule, 803 KAR 2:412, at its annual meeting on May 10 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, according to the session's agenda. ...more

AFL-CIO Calls Attention to On-the-Job Deaths in Ceremony at State House

Michael Davidson was seeing patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital when he stepped away to talk with the son of a deceased woman he had treated and the son shot him. Lawrence O’Leary was on a parking garage under...more

MSHA Enforcement Trends: Most-Cited Standards of 2015 and Rules to Live By

Mine operators can look to MSHA’s 2015 enforcement data to identify patterns in the most frequently cited safety and health violations, making it easier to avoid costly citations and possible long-term legal ramifications....more

“The larger the corporation, the larger the fine”: A corporate defendant’s financial circumstances is a relevant sentencing factor...

A small, family owned and operated custom cabinet business was fined $75,000 plus the Victim Fine Surcharge of $11,250 after pleading guilty to failing to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of a...more

OSHA Enforcement in the Final Year of the Obama Administration

Although the Obama Administration is well into its last year, it is signaling no let-up in its aggressive environmental and occupational safety and health enforcement agendas. Indeed, continuation of or even more stringent...more

Environmental Notes - April 2016

EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance recently proposed changes to its National Program Manager (NMP) Guidance that, in part, would revise EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) for federal fiscal...more

OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Compliance Clock Ticks While Legal Challenges Mount

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on “Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica” (the “Silica Rule”) on March 25, 2016, and as expected numerous manufacturing...more

U.S. OSHA’s “severe injury” statistics broken out by industry

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has produced a “year one” impact-evaluation report on its Severe Injury Reporting Program. Effective January 1, 2015, U.S. employers have been required to report to...more

Is OSHA Improperly Expanding the Scope of its Inspections?

2015 brought more changes to the OSHA enforcement landscape than we’ve seen in the last 30 years. A judge’s ruling in December that Fed-OSHA could seek abatement of alleged hazards at every location operated by an...more

A Beginner’s Guide to OSHA’s Final Silica Rule

On March 24, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule was published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2016....more

OSHA Law Alert: OSHA Issues Final Silica Rule

OSHA has announced the finalization of its long-awaited silica rule. When it takes effect on June 23, 2016, the rule will (1) reduce the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica; (2) require employers to implement...more

OSHA Announces Long-Awaited Final Rule to Limit Employee Exposure to Silica and Adopts New Standards That Are "Among the Broadest...

On March 24, 2016, after a 45-year effort, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a final rule intended to limit workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica, a carcinogenic dust pervasive in...more

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