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OSHA Announces Directive on HazCom

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its much-anticipated directive to the agency’s compliance safety and health officers on its revised Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard yesterday. In 2012,...more

Miners & Marijuana

As in other industries, mining companies must contend with employees and contractors using or being under the influence of illegal drugs in the workplace. Marijuana is one of the most prominent substances detected in drug...more

OSHA Targets Workplace Violence

For decades, acts of workplace violence were viewed as being limited to altercations between employees and "active shooter" situations involving a disgruntled employee or former employee. Generally speaking, those incidents...more

OSHA Joins the Growing Support for Transgender Rights in the Workplace

With the increased government scrutiny of transgender issues in the workplace, employers should be careful not to discriminate against transgender employees and to treat them in accordance with their gender...more

OSHA Concentrates its Health Care Facility Inspections on Key Areas, but Specific Requirements Remain Elusive

On June 25, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a press release outlining its focus areas for health care facility inspections. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs),...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement Date of New Confined Spaces in Construction Standard

OSHA has issued a memorandum stating that it will delay enforcement of its new confined spaces in construction standard, which we discussed in our prior OSHA Update. The effective date for enforcement will now be October 2,...more

Keeping Up with California Regulations

Regulations applying to Heat Illness Prevention and governing leave under the California Family Rights Act have recently been updated. California employers should examine their policies and training programs to ensure that...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

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

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

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

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

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

An OSHA Inspection Can Be Costly for the Unprepared Employer

Knock Knock!  Who’s there?  OSHA.  OSHA who?  OSHA, the federal agency responsible for workplace safety, which is going to hit your company with hefty fines if you are not prepared. This is no joke.  OSHA is a very active and...more

OSHA Announces Request for Information on Communication Tower Safety

On April 15, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published in the Federal Register a Request for Information (RFI) on Communication Tower Safety. The agency requests that the communication tower industry...more

Immediate Action Required: Employers With Outdoor Workers Need to Update Their Heat Injury Illness Programs

This week, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board confirmed that new major changes to the state's heat illness prevention regulations will take effect on May 1, 2015. In response to the new regulations,...more

Recent OSHA Enforcement Actions – Implications for Manufacturers

A good way to get a sense of OSHA’s priorities and focus is to look at the citations it’s recently issued. So this post will highlight just a few of the recent enforcement actions by OSHA Region 1 (MA, CT, VT, NH and ME)....more

Five Steps Toward Boosting Employee Safety and Avoiding OSHA Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) was created by Congress to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for employees. OSHA establishes standards and provides training and compliance assistance. It...more

Can employers require vaccinations?

Vaccines for children have been front-page news around the country ever since the breakout of measles at Disneyland earlier this year. Rightfully, the focus has been on children who are unvaccinated and the effect it has on...more

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