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There’s No Smoke There: Cal/OSHA Declines to Create Marijuana-Specific Safety Regulations

On June 15, 2017, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board met and decided that workplace hazards in the marijuana industry are adequately addressed by existing Title 8 regulations...more

Tesla’s CEO makes personal pledge for employee safety

by FordHarrison on

Tesla, an electric-automobile manufacturer, made headlines last month after Worksafe, a California-based worker advocacy group, released a report in May indicating that the injury rates at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing...more

OSHA Seeks Feedback on Proposal to Revoke Certain Provisions of Beryllium Rule Applicable to the Construction and Shipyard Sectors

by Littler on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reconsidering portions of a final rule setting standards for occupational exposure to beryllium. The rule, published January 9, 2017, was initially set to take...more

“Controlling Employer” Doctrine Reviewed and Vacated by OSHRC Law Judge

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an interesting outcome, an OSHRC Administrative Law Judge recently vacated a citation to an alleged “controlling employer” based on 5th Circuit precedent – despite being contrary with OSHA policy and...more

Safety Agency Applies Federal Law To Bar Employer Safety Violation Citation - Agency’s Application of 5th Circuit Appeals Court...

by Fisher Phillips on

The federal agency that reviews OSHA safety violation cases, also known as the OSH Review Commission, recently adopted the decision of one of its Administrative Law Judges who applied 5th Circuit precedent to reject a safety...more

OSHA Schedules First “Safe + Sound Week”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA is sponsoring a “Safe + Sound Week,” another example of a more cooperative approach to worker safety and health issues....more

OSHA kicks off Safe + Sound Week, offering guidance on workplace safety

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Federal OSHA as well as the South Carolina and North Carolina labor departments have designated June 12-18, 2017, as the inaugural Safe + Sound Week. The purpose of this nationwide initiative is to raise awareness and...more

Oregon OSHA Issues Proposed Changes to Regulations Regarding Occupational Exposure to Beryllium in General Industry, Construction,...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In response to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s adoption of revised beryllium exposure standards, Oregon OSHA has proposed to adopt the federal OSHA final rules, with minor modifications that would...more

Marijuana Farm Employees Face Numerous Health Hazards

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: NIOSH has released a study on the safety and health hazards posed by marijuana growing farms. Of concern for employers are the risks for musculoskeletal disorders, as well as dermal contact exposure to...more

B.C. bans employers’ mandatory high heels policies in some workplaces: amendments to footwear regulations now in effect

by Dentons on

On April 7, 2017, the British Columbia government amended the footwear regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, BC Reg 296/97 (the “Regulation”) to specify that employers cannot require a worker to wear...more

How a Drone Could Save a Life at an Industrial Jobsite

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015—that means, if you break it down, that more than 90 workers lost their lives each week on jobsites. These...more

The MSHA Quarterly Stakeholder Conference: Workplace Examination Rule and Working Alone Initiative

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) held its quarterly stakeholder teleconference on April 25, 2017. The call served three purposes: (1) It provided an update to the timeline of the agency’s final Examinations of...more

OSHA Updates its Enforcement Procedures Directive for Exposure to Workplace Violence

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has recently updated and published its enforcement procedures for occupational exposure to workplace violence. The procedures explain and lay out the elements of an OSHA General Duty Clause...more

No Excuses: Preventing Construction Site Accidents and Remembering the Dead

by Lewitt Hackman on

With Spring comes not only warmer weather, a change in time, and the start of baseball, but a return of construction projects as builders begin another season of home and commercial building. ...more

Indiana Expands Workers’ Compensation Compensability to Broaden Coverage for “Volunteer Work”

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In John C. Morris v. Custom Kitchen & Baths, 64 N.E.3d 912 (Ind. Ct. App. 2016), trans. denied (March 2017), a licensed building contractor demonstrated sufficient connection between volunteer work and his business such that...more

Tragedies on and off the silver screen: How to avoid costly workplace injuries

by FordHarrison on

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the title of a science fiction horror film that was recently released worldwide. The horror that occurred behind the scenes in the making of the movie rivaled the fictional onscreen terror....more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has just announced a three month delay of enforcement of the Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction under 29 CFR 1926.1153. Crystalline silica is a staple of our modern society. OSHA notes...more

OSHA Update: OSHA Delays Enforcing Silica Standard in Construction

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On April 6th, OSHA announced a delay in the enforcement of its crystalline silica standard in the construction industry. Enforcement will be delayed until September 23, 2017, so that additional outreach, educational...more

OSHA Promotes “Safe and Sound Campaign” to Assist Employers - A Change in Approach?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has recently “launched” a “Campaign for Safety & Health Programs,” that it indicates is an approach that has been proven by “best in class” employers to reduce injuries and illnesses and improve their...more

OSHA’s Top 10 Hits: The Most Common Citations

by BakerHostetler on

CitationsOSHA has released its list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations that occurred in the last fiscal year. Not surprisingly, the list has hardly changed from previous years. Employers who take a...more

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2016

Every year, OSHA releases a list of the 10 most frequently cited violations, which, for 2016, were accumulated by reviewing the nearly 32,000 workplace inspections conducted by OSHA staff. The list for 2016 looks a whole lot...more

California Court Rejects Plaintiff’s Claim of ‘Possible’ Exposure to Asbestos

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Defendants in California asbestos injury lawsuits cannot be held liable where plaintiffs can only prove a ‘possibility’ of exposure to defendants’ asbestos-containing products. The California Court of Appeal in Billy S....more

Chicago Professional Sports Teams Seek Workers’ Compensation Reform

by Howard Ankin on

The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox have written a letter to a state representative in a show of support for a new bill that could detrimentally affect the workers’ compensation claims of injured...more

OSHA Identifies 10 Most Cited Safety and Health Violations

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational and Safety and Health Administration released a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for 2016, compiled from about 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA...more

MOL Clarifies its Interpretation of “Critical Injury”

by Dentons on

The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to report fatalities and “critical injuries” to the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The Ministry of Labour has recently released clarification on its...more

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