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OSHA Grants Brief Reprieve on Silica Enforcement

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On September 20, 2017, OSHA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary issued a memorandum to Regional Administrators on the new Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, which becomes effective September 23, 2017. In...more

An Often Overlooked Tool In Workplace Safety Prevention: The Near-Miss Investigation

by Cozen O'Connor on

OSHA defines a “near miss” as an incident in which no property was damaged and no personal injury was sustained, but where, given a slight shift in time or position, damage or injury easily could have occurred. Put simply,...more

OSHA Announces Enforcement Policy For Construction Silica Standard

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a memorandum issued today from Thomas Galassi to OSHA Regional Administrators, OSHA has announced how it will handle enforcement of the new Silica Standard for the construction industry, which takes effect on September 23,...more

Disasters and the Workforce: Navigating Stormy Waters

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Thousands of Florida coastal residents were ordered to evacuate last week in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, even as their employers remained open. A pizza restaurant manager made headlines when he threatened action against...more

The Importance Of Reporting Workplace Injuries

by Cozen O'Connor on

There are some OSHA lessons to be learned and things to think about from the recent Third Department case in Silvestri v. New York City Transit Authority, 2017 N.Y Slip Op 06123 (August 10, 2017). In Silvestri, the Third...more

What Issues May Employers Be Required to Address as Hurricane Irma Threatens?

by FordHarrison on

As Florida and the East Coast of the U.S. brace for Hurricane Irma, the approaching storm serves as a reminder that employers should be prepared to address storm-related issues if they are required to close their businesses...more

[Webinar] The Impact of Workplace Violence as it Relates to Employment Laws and OSHA - September 19th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Approximately 1 million workers experience violent acts at work annually. Violence in the workplace is a major concern for employers especially given the events that took place in 2016 in San Bernardino Inland Regional Center...more

After the Rain: Disaster Recovery and Employee Safety Following Hurricane Harvey

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: It is imperative that employers develop and implement organized and clearly communicated procedures for responding to a disaster. A well-planned and executed emergency response program will provide orderly...more

Employers Should Be Prepared to Deal with the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

by FordHarrison on

In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, many employers are faced with questions as they prepare to resume normal operations. Some of the most common questions, such as those arising under the Fair Labor...more

Hurricane Harvey Deployment - Revisiting Leave Issues

by Winstead PC on

It is important for employers to remember that important employee leave issues may arise in the wake of a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey. Any employer may receive requests for leaves related to Hurricane Harvey and...more

Guidance on Protecting Employees During Hurricane Harvey and Especially In Cleanup.

by Fisher Phillips on

Despite the constant news coverage, Americans are inevitably surprised by the violence of hurricanes … and even more by the damages inflicted by storm surges and the extraordinary amounts of rain once the hurricane high winds...more

Chemical Exposures & The Cancers They Cause

by Howard Ankin on

Chemical exposure in the workplace poses a significant risk to all workers and can cause everything from skin problems to respiratory illnesses. As of 2014, roughly 8.8% of all work-related fatalities were attributed to...more

Fundamental Hazard Communications to Control Risk

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

To assure environmental health and safety, businesses must let their employees know the potential chemical hazards in the workplace. Businesses with such hazards were required to implement OSHA’s revised Hazard Communications...more

OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs Scheduled Makeover

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Interested in providing input on the OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (“VPP”)? The next and final in-person meeting is scheduled for August 28, 2017. If you happen to miss it, worry not, OSHA will accept public comments...more

OSHA Schedules Second Public Meeting On Voluntary Protection Programs

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled the second of two meetings to “reshape” the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) for August 28, 2017. The first meeting was held on July 17, 2017. ...more

The Eclipse, Worker Safety and Triffids.

by Fisher Phillips on

The Eclipse, Workers Safety and Triffids. Tomorrow is the much-awaited Eclipse and employers are beginning to worry that they may not have taken all appropriate steps to protect their employees. Shockingly, OSHA does not...more

5th Circuit Asked to Review ALJ Decision to Vacate “Controlling Employer” Doctrine Citation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As expected, OSHA has appealed an ALJ ruling that severely limits OSHA’s “controlling employer” enforcement policy. Acosta v. Hensel Phelps Constr. Co., No. 17-60543 (5th Cir. 8/4/17)....more

OSHA and Workplace Violence: What Contractors Need to Know

Although most contractors go to great lengths to promote jobsite safety, the fatal injury rate in the construction industry – which employs almost 6.5 million people – still exceeds that of any other U.S. industry. The...more

NIOSH Report Highlighting Second Decade of Research Agenda Includes Nano Developments

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 10, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled National Occupational Research Agenda: Second Decade in Review | 2006-2016. The report outlines the progress...more

Need OSHA Action On Ammonium Nitrate And Healthcare Workplace Violence, Government Monitor Urges

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Focus is needed on two safety and health priorities: healthcare workplace violence and high-risk facilities that handle hazardous substances such as ammonium nitrate, chief of the Government Accountability Office Gene L....more

How to Survive the Dog Days of Summer: OSHA’s Yearly Heat Campaign Sizzles

On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: “Water. Rest. Shade.” As part of the seventh annual heat illness prevention campaign,...more

OSHA Launches Injury Tracking Application

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On August 1, 2017, OSHA finally launched its web portal to accept submission of recordkeeping forms pursuant to the requirements in the final rule, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.” Under the rule,...more

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Regulatory Plan Backs Off On New Silica Rule, Keeps Workplace Exams Rule

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has a distinctly less ambitious regulatory plan on its plate with the start of the Trump Administration, in line with the campaign promises the President made last year to reduce...more

Occupational Opaqueness: The Uncertain Future of OSHA Regulation and the Electronic Recordkeeping and Reporting Rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still without an agency head six months into the presidency of Donald Trump. As such, the future of OSHA is unclear in light of the president’s promises of less...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2017

THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR . . . OSHA’S YEARLY SUMMER HEAT CAMPAIGN - On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: Water. Rest. Shade....more

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