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New Requirements for BC Joint Health and Safety Committees

by Dentons on

If you operate a workplace in British Columbia with 10 or more workers, you may need to make some changes to your workplace health and safety practices....more

Trump Administration May Prompt Surge in Occupational Disease Claims

by Howard Ankin on

One of President Trump’s first executive actions in 2017 was to impose a federal hiring freeze on civilian employees. This freeze is expected to prompt a surge in occupational disease claims and other types of workers...more

Heather MacDougall Re-Nominated as Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a move that may be employer-friendly, President Trump has re-nominated Heather MacDougall to the OSHRC. MacDougall represents a Republican vote on cases appealed before the Commission....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

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert to Prevent Fall Accidents

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert on preventing accidents at mines from miners falling. MSHA said that in the past decade, 29 miners have died at metal and nonmetal mines when they fell...more

Safety officer, fired after company loses COR certification, wins wrongful dismissal lawsuit

by Dentons on

A safety officer whose duties included maintaining his employer’s Certificate of Recognition (COR) certification was not fired for just cause, a court has decided. The company claimed that it lost its COR certification due to...more

Victorian OHS enforcement: why change the game plan when your team is on top?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Friday 24 March, Western Bulldogs kicked off their 2016 premiership defence with a tenacious win against Collingwood. Round 1 of the 2017 AFL season also coincided with the introduction of the WorkSafe Legislation...more

OSHA Launches Campaign on Young Worker Safety

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

OSHA outlined employer responsibilities for keeping young workers safe, noting, “Young workers are those new to the workforce, even up to age 24. Young workers can be an asset to your workforce. However, it may be their first...more

Processing Plant Crosses Its Wires — Safety Board Finds Company “Did Not Follow Procedures”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The CSB found deficiencies in the facility’s design and labeling of the chemical loading stations, and failure to follow the company’s written chemical unloading procedures....more

California OSHA Delays Enforcement of Construction Silica Standard

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On April 19, 2017, the Department of Industrial Relations for the State of California issued an important update to Cal/OSHA’s new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. The standard is substantially...more

2017 California Labor and Employment Legislative Update: What to Watch

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Back from Spring Break, and Back to Work: Our List of L&E Bills to Watch in the remainder of the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session. ...more

Construction Safety: Lessons From 2016 and Remedies in 2017

While each year there are reports and statistics regarding the annual number of construction accidents and fatalities in New York City, 2016 will likely be remembered as the year when a construction accident could, and did,...more

NIOSH BSC Meeting Includes Presentation on Nanotoxicology

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 12, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) held its 68th meeting. The BSC’s primary activity is to provide advice on NIOSH’s occupational safety...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

Silica Rule in Construction Delayed 90 Days

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 6, OSHA announced it has delayed implementation of its new rule for 90 days which, among other things, cuts in half the maximum allowable level of silica dust exposure in the construction industry. The new compliance...more

OSHA Issues First Enforcement Action Press Release Since Start of Trump Administration

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Until day 82 of the Trump Administration, renewed partnerships and “guidance” for employers to improve workplace safety have been the subjects of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s announcements. On April 12,...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Blasting Equipment Alert

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert advising employers to take precautions when storing, handling, transporting, and using explosives and detonators in underground coal mines near energized...more

OSHA Violations Lead to Criminal Indictments and $1,475,000.00 Proposed Penalties

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

An OSHA investigation concluded on April 11, 2017 found that Atlantic Drain Service Company, Inc. failed to train its employees to recognize and avoid cave-in and collapse hazards, and failed to provide basic safeguards...more

The Incipient Storm of Stymied Standard Shortcuts for OSHA?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In September 2016, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided that a 2015 OSHA interpretation letter regarding the scope of the Process Safety Management (“PSM”) exemption for the agricultural...more

Cal/OSHA Proposes Hotel Housekeeping Injury Rule

by Fisher Phillips on

After several years of discussion and debate, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board (Board) recently issued a proposed standard on “Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.” The proposal currently is open for public...more

Employers, Spike Those “High Heels” Dress Code Requirements!

British Columbia has recently amended its health and safety law to prohibit employers from requiring employees to wear high heels to work. Maybe this isn’t too big a deal in an office environment, but there are some...more

OSHA Launches Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Fatalities from falls continue to be a leading cause of death in the construction industry, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is focusing on the dangers with its “Stand-Down” campaign on fall prevention....more

Mine Safety Agency Releases Accident Alert for Surface Trucks in Metal, Nonmetal Mining Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Health and Safety Administration has released a serious accident alert in the wake of an accident involving a haul truck driver in the metal and nonmetal mine industry. The operator of a loaded haul truck...more

Court Allows the TTC to Implement Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

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In a recent decision, the Honourable Justice Marrocco of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice denied the request of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 and Robert Kinnear (the “Applicants”) to restrain the TTC from...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

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