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OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of November 28th

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

New OSHA Silica Rule Deadline Is Rapidly Approaching – Are You Ready?

While the Summer of 2018 may seem far away, companies should be preparing now to be ready to meet the significant new requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) new rule for respirable...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of November 21st

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

OSHA Updates General Industry Personal Fall Protection and Walking-Working Surfaces Standards

Recently, OSHA issued its long-awaited final rule on walking-working surfaces and personal fall protection systems for general industry. The new rule is intended to update the standards to align with general industry...more

Wow! OSHA Releases Massive Rule Updating General Industry Standards on Walking-Working Surfaces

Seyfarth Synopsis: Despite Congressional direction to the contrary, OSHA just adopted a significant 500+ page final rule on industry, and only provided employers sixty days to comply! Despite a Congressional “request”...more

OSHA Issues New Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Standard for General Industry

On November 18, 2016, OSHA issued its long-awaited final rule for “Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems).” The new rule, which has been in the making since 1990, does not change...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of November 14th

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

OSHA Issues Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs

In October, OSHA released its new Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs, which were issued to incorporate the experience and advances gained since the previous set of recommendations was released in 1989. ...more

A Little Help Here . . . OSHA Asks Public for Help in Developing Leading Safety Indicators

OSHA announced it will take comments on leading safety and health indicators in the workplace. In early 2017, the agency will release a preliminary version of its annual leading indicators guide and allow the public to...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of November 7th

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

New Law Expands California’s Heat Illness Regulations to Include Indoor Employees

Existing regulations establish heat illness prevention standards for outdoor workers. The regulations include requirements for providing sufficient drinking water at no charge to the employee, allowing for recovery or “cool...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of October 31st

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

CA Nears Adoption of New Workplace Violence Regulations for Health Care Employers, Home Health Providers, and Emergency Responders

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board approved last week its regulations on Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care. The California Division of Occupational...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of October 17th

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

Virginia OSHA is Serious about Safety and They’ll Issue Big Penalties if Necessary.

We were stunned to see a squared away State OSHA plan issue a million dollar OSHA citation earlier this month. We should, therefore take note, when that state’s Governor actually spoke at the state’s “Governor’s Safety...more

Low Hanging Grapes – Cal/OSHA Standards Frequently Cited Against Winemakers

With the harvest upon us in California wine country, now is a great time to remind wineries and vineyards operating within the Golden Gate of those Cal/OSHA standards most often cited against this industry. The California...more

OSHA Requests Information on Shipyard Safety Rules Covering Falls

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering updating its safety standards covering falls in shipbuilding, ship repair, shipbreaking, and other shipyard-related employment and has issued a Request for...more

National Organization for Onboarding and Training of New Employees Industry Wide in the Oil and Gas Industry Provides Example for...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The National STEPS Network provides a working model of an industry wide employee onboarding and safety training program. We attended the World Safety Organization International Environmental and...more

OSHA Joins the SEC in Attacking Confidentiality and Other Provisions in Private Settlement Agreements

On September 15, 2016, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released new policy guidelines for its review of private settlement agreements presented to the agency for approval in whistleblowing...more

OSHA Issues New Guidance Regarding Whistleblower Settlements

OSHA has issued new guidance on approving settlement agreements in whistleblower cases, revising portions of its Whistleblower Investigations Manual. The guidance, dated August 23 but not released until September 15, states...more

OSHA Sued Over Employee Inspection Walk-Around Rights Interpretation

Seyfarth Synopsis: Industry has sued to block OSHA’s efforts to give unions increased access to non-union worksites. We had blogged previously about OSHA’s new standard interpretation guidance letter that would allow...more

OSHA Clarifies Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard for Moving Grave Headstones, Monuments

Using a crane to move headstones and small monuments is “generally” not defined as construction, but the crane operator is still responsible for stringent worker-safety rules regarding crane operations, the Occupational...more

OSHA’s Final Rule on Crystalline Silica Standards

Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its long-awaited final rule (https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-25/pdf/2016-04800.pdf) setting new workplace permissible exposure...more

B.U.G. O.F.F.! Six Tips for Dealing With Zika Questions and Concerns

As of August 24, 2016, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there were 2,517 cases of Zika virus in the United States, 29 of which were “[l]ocally acquired mosquito-borne cases” (all 29 of those were in...more

Federal Magistrate Finds OSHA Warrant to Expand Incident Inspection “Improvidently Granted”

Seyfarth Synopsis: In this recent case a Federal Magistrate Judge finds that OSHA has gone too far in expanding an incident inspection into a wall-to-wall inspection. A District Court Magistrate Judge recently...more

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