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OSHA Launches New Website For Electronically Filing Injury And Illness Reports

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electronic portal, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), where employers can file web-based reports of workplace injuries or illnesses, will be accessible beginning...more

Three Needless Deaths: Recognize Confined Space Dangers On Your Job Sites

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On July 14, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a contractor for 10 serious violations after the deaths of three workers who succumbed to toxic gases in a manhole on...more

An Update on OSHA’s Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

We have received a number of questions about the current status of OSHA’s new electronic injury and illness reporting rule. There is, yet again, more to report! First things first: the implementation date of the rule has...more

Stuntman’s death on ‘The Walking Dead’ set a sad reminder of common workplace hazards

by FordHarrison on

Tragically, stuntman John Bernecker died last week in Atlanta after falling 30 feet to a concrete floor while working on a fight scene for AMC’s zombie-apocalypse series “The Walking Dead.” In response, the show temporarily...more

Lawsuits Challenging OSHA Rule Halted as OSHA Reconsiders Rule

by FordHarrison on

In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated the Record Keeping Modernization Rule (the Rule) which required certain employers to submit injury and illness data electronically and...more

Avoiding an explosive situation: fireworks in the workplace

by Kirton McConkie PC on

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY - Boom! The sky is filled with glimmering light in all colors of the rainbow, and the crowd “Oohs” and “Aahs.” It’s that time of year, when roadside fireworks stands start popping up on every street...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Workplace Policy under the Trump Administration Begins to Take Shape as "Repeal and Replace" of the ACA...

by Littler on

Five months into President Trump's term, his administration's workplace policy is beginning to take shape. From notable developments at the Department of Labor (DOL), to long-awaited nominations to the National Labor...more

OSHA delays new online injury reporting requirement

by GableGotwals on

Q: Is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) changing its reporting rules for employers regarding workplace injury and illness? A: Partially. While the obligation to report doesn’t change, OSHA is...more

KY OSHA Delays Silica Compliance Date For Construction Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In March 2016, Federal OSHA promulgated a final rule on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica for Construction, which established a new permissible exposure limit and contained several ancillary provisions that apply to...more

OSHA Fall Protection Rule Raises Questions Over ‘Temporary, Relatively Infrequent’ Work

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

New questions are emerging about key provisions the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s updated rule to prevent falls. Effective January 17, 2017, the final rule updating OSHA’s general industry Walking-Working...more

New Developments at OSHA - July 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

OSHA Seeks to Reverse Beryllium Rule For Certain Industries Beryllium, a lightweight metal, presents hazards in the workplace. It is has been linked to lung cancer and Chronic Beryllium Disease, a debilitating lung disease...more

OSHA Inspections are on the Rise: Will You Be Ready?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As employers, manufacturers are aware of their responsibility for knowing the safety standards applicable to their businesses. But many do not understand their rights and obligations during the inspection process. In recent...more

OSHA Proposes December 1, 2017 Deadline for First Phase of Electronic Reporting, Foreshadows Rulemaking on Anti-Retaliation...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On June 28, 2017, OSHA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register delaying the initial compliance deadline for the electronic submission of worker injury and illness logs to December 1, 2017. This proposal comes...more

OSHA Proposes To Extend July 1 Deadline For Injury And Illness Summaries

by Roetzel & Andress on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had previously set a deadline of July 1, 2017 for certain employers to electronically submit Form 300A, Annual Injury and Illness Summaries. In a proposed rule included...more

OSHA Proposes To Give Employers Until Dec. 1 To Electronically Submit Injury Summaries — And Will Propose Changing Other Parts Of...

As we have previously reported, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was going to require certain employers to submit their Form 300A annual injury and illness summaries electronically. This requirement was part...more

OSHA Update: OSHA Proposes Extended Deadline for Electronic Filing of Injury and Illness Reports

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On June 28, 2017, OSHA proposed a five-month extension for certain employers to electronically file their 2016 OSHA 300A Annual Summary Forms with OSHA. The deadline is currently set to arrive on July 1, 2017. As proposed,...more

OSHA Delays Electronic Report Rule

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

This morning OSHA issued a press release announcing that it would be delaying the compliance date for its rule requiring most employers to electronically submit their injury and illness data to OSHA. The press release...more

OSHA Considers Extending Crane Certification Deadline

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration met on June 20, 2017, to learn about and give recommendations on OSHA’s proposed rule to extend the...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

Are We Ever Going to Get OSHA Guidance from the Trump Administration?

by Fisher Phillips on

No one thought that on June 22, we would still not know the Trump administration's enforcement position on the recordkeeping anti-retaliation requirements, including about automatic post-accident drug testing, the Silica...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

Beryllium Exposure Rule Going Through Changes, OSHA Admits

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The rule to lower permissible workplace exposure to beryllium is undergoing changes in a White House review, Occupational Safety and Health Administration deputy director for standards and guidance Maureen Ruskin has told...more

When The Summer Wind Comes Blowing In: Remember OSHA’s Heat Stress Guidance

by Cozen O'Connor on

On June 19, 2017, American Airlines announced it cancelled approximately 45 regional flights due to intense summer heat in the Phoenix area and there were record highs recorded in the region. The intense heat waves serves as...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 and Ergonomics: The Past, Present, And Future

by Cozen O'Connor on

Ergonomics is the study of work. From an OSHA perspective, it is the process of designing the job to fit the employee, rather than forcing the employee’s body to fit the job. This process may include modifying tasks, the work...more

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