Workplace Safety

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SHE Matters - Summer 2015

In This Issue: - Changes to Comah Regulations - Make Sure You Are Prepared - Strengthening of Enforcement Powers Under the Environmental Permitting Regine and Tackling Waste Crime - Will You Be Affected? - The...more

Occupational Safety and Health Law: OSHA Announces Initiative to Cite Hospitals and Nursing Homes for Ergnomics Violations (6/15)

As background, OSHA issued a final ergonomics rule on January 16, 2001, four days before the end of the Clinton administration. Later that year, before the rule could go into effect, the new Congress rejected the rule under...more

Project Manager for Metron Construction convicted of criminal negligence in Christmas Eve fatalities. Three individuals and two...

The project manager who supervised the four workers who died after a swing stage scaffold collapsed on Christmas Eve, 2009, has been found guilty on four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal...more

House and Senate Appropriations Committees Approve Funding Bills with Riders Targeting DOL, NLRB Initiatives

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees advanced bills this week to fund various federal agencies for FY 2016. Each chamber approved versions of spending measures that include riders prohibiting funding for a...more

OSHA Issues More Guidance Regarding Temporary Workers

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued two new bulletins in support of its ongoing Temporary Worker Initiative. The initiative was launched two years ago to increase OSHA’s focus on temporary...more

Another lesson about clarity in settlements: employer may file WSIB appeal after mediated settlement, despite union’s objection

An employer’s appeal challenging a departed employee’s workers’ compensation entitlements may proceed, despite being filed after the employer, union and employee reached a settlement at mediation. The union had filed...more

U.S. OSHA and Health Canada continue “partnership” to coordinate labelling and classification of hazardous chemicals, implement...

Health Canada and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have announced that they will “continue their partnership” to “align United States and Canadian regulatory approaches regarding labelling and...more

In Case of Emergency: Handling HazMat Violations

An unexpected fine for a hazardous materials violation can jolt a company. Even companies with robust systems for managing hazardous materials compliance can be surprised with a penalty due to the actions of a single employee...more

NIOSH Announces Paper Outlining Risks to Health Care Workers from Nano-Enabled Medical Products

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced that in a paper published May 7, 2015, online ahead of print in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, “NIOSH authors Vladimir...more

California Employers Take the Heat . . . of new Revised Heat Illness Standards

On April 7, 2015, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the state safety and health agency announced that the current heat illness prevention regulation has been amended. The Office of Administrative Law...more

Be Alert: Summer Working Hours

With the summer time months approaching and the temperature and humidity continuing to rise, the annual summer working time hours will soon be implemented in the GCC countries. Summers in the Middle East are well known...more

Safety equipment that runway workers should have

The runway is an exciting but hazardous place to work. Airport employees need a full range of safety equipment to stay visible and protected in the ramp environment. Planes are built for flight, not for runway maneuvers. They...more

Cost of compliance with safety officer’s order could cause serious economic harm to company: Appeals Tribunal

A safety officer’s compliance order has been suspended where the cost of compliance would be so high that it could cause serious economic harm to the company. The company performed stevedoring and terminal handling of...more

Employment Law - May 2015 #2

Coming Soon to an In-Box Near You: An EEOC Charge - Why it matters: Employers, take note: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has initiated the rollout of its electronic complaint program, the first...more

Former Safety Manager Charged in U.S. Workplace Death

A former Safety Manager in California is among those charged with “willfully violating worker safety rules”, allegedly causing the death of a worker. The former Safety Manager and the Director of Plant Operations of...more

Worker awarded WSIB benefits after health and safety officer “grabbed him and threw him to the ground”

In an unusual case, a construction site superintendent has won entitlement to workers compensation benefits after persuading an appeals tribunal that he was assaulted by his employer’s health and safety officer and was not an...more

OSHA Final Rule for Confined Spaces in the Construction Industry

Last week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced and issued a 161 page final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. 80 Fed. Reg. 25366 (May 4, 2015), which is effective...more

Walking the talk: the thin red line of drug and alcohol testing

Everybody agrees that drug and alcohol use in the workplace is a serious safety issue. And when it comes to safety, unions understandably press employers to manage any issues and hold them accountable in doing so. But, when...more

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Confined Spaces in Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its long-awaited final rule on construction work in confined spaces. Beginning August 3, 2015, the new confined spaces in construction standard will replace...more

The Inside Scoop: Top 10 Employer Mistakes According to the Solicitor of Labor

Meeting in our nation's capital and having a strong public policy group have some definite perks, such as getting the inside scoop on employment law trends directly from the Department of Labor's Solicitor. During a recent...more

OSHRC Rules Process Safety Violations NOT Barred By OSHA’s Six Month Statute of Limitations

In a decision last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) found that the six month statute of limitations for OSHA to cite an employer does not apply to Process Safety Management (PSM) violations...more

Can an employer require drug testing in the workplace? [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk employment attorney Kraig Marton discusses drug testing in the workplace. For more information visit www.jaburgwilk.com. ...more

Send in the Drones: Transforming the Workplace through the Use of Drone Surveillance

Every day new stories about the uses (and misuses) of drones surface in the media. They have been used to: photograph the 2015 Winter X Games, assist in firefighting operations, monitor agricultural drought, monitor...more

Manufacturing industry: Prevent hand injuries

The human hand is the most important precision tool in manufacturing. Injured workers lawyers in Aurora know that no machine can substitute for the skill and dexterity of a trained operator....more

Breach of a Safety 'Golden Rule' Does Not Give Employers an Absolute Unfair Dismissal Defence

A recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision reinforces that proving a work health and safety breach will not act as an impenetrable mantra to defend an unfair dismissal claim. Employers must prove they act consistently (and...more

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