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It’s Time for a Toolbox Talk

Join in the National Safety Stand-Down May 2-6, 2016.  The purpose of the stand-down is to raise awareness about preventing fall hazards in the construction industry. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a...more

OSHA, NIOSH Release Joint Guidance on Zika Virus Prevention

Federal government agencies have released interim guidance to provide employers and workers information and advice on preventing occupational exposure to the Zika virus....more

Zika Virus Spreading to United States: OSHA Provides Recommendations

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA Interim Guidance recommends that all employers develop and implement policies to deal with Zika virus. What is Zika? The Zika virus disease (Zika) primarily is spread through the bites of...more

OSHA Enacts Sweeping Silica Rule

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued its final rule cutting in half the Permissible Exposure Limit (“PEL”) for respirable crystalline silica down to 50 micrograms per cubic...more

[Webinar] New GHS Hazard Communication Standard: Roll-out Issues - May 11th, 1:00 pm EDT

Perhaps the most significant safety related regulatory reform during the Obama Administration has been the amended Hazard Communication Standard, bringing OSHA’s chemical Right-to-Know regulation more in line with the United...more

Burr Alert: Workplace Violence: Reducing the Risk of Civil Liability

An estimated 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year, costing businesses billions of dollars per year in impaired productivity, employee turnover, security measures, and legal costs. More and...more

OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Compliance Clock Ticks While Legal Challenges Mount

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on “Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica” (the “Silica Rule”) on March 25, 2016, and as expected numerous manufacturing...more

U.S. OSHA’s “severe injury” statistics broken out by industry

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has produced a “year one” impact-evaluation report on its Severe Injury Reporting Program. Effective January 1, 2015, U.S. employers have been required to report to...more

When is a Reward a Bribe? OSHA Policy Limits Workplace Safety Incentive Programs

Years ago, my employer gave employees a coaster every quarter that the group had no OSHA reportable incidents. Now it would have been in violation to have such a program. Despite criticism from workers compensation carriers...more

OSHA Ups the Ante for Employers That Fail to Report Workplace Injuries

On March 4, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new procedures for enforcing revised injury and illness reporting requirements in 29 C.F.R. § 1904.39. Many of the 2014 interim procedures...more

A Beginner’s Guide to OSHA’s Final Silica Rule

On March 24, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule was published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2016....more

OSHA Amends Existing Standards for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

This news alert discusses the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) final rule for worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule significantly lowers the existing permissible exposure limits for...more

OSHA Announces Long-Awaited Final Rule to Limit Employee Exposure to Silica and Adopts New Standards That Are "Among the Broadest...

On March 24, 2016, after a 45-year effort, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a final rule intended to limit workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica, a carcinogenic dust pervasive in...more

OSHA’s Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule: One Year Later

OSHA’s updated reporting and recordkeeping rule, found at 29 C.F.R. 1904, went into effect in January 2015. We summarized these new requirements on the blog, which require employers to report severe workplace injuries,...more

OSHA Issues Final Silica Rule: What’s the Same and What’s Changed?

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published in the Federal Register its final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E....more

OSHA Unveils Controversial Final Silica Rule and Industry Gears Up For Challenges

OSHA has issued its long-sought – and heavily disputed – new regulation aimed at reducing worker exposures to crystalline silica dust, cutting the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) in half for general industry, construction...more

Could OSHA Shut Down a Violent Donald Trump Rally?

An otherwise entertaining and unique election cycle took a violent turn Friday night. Angry protestors stormed a planned Donald Trump rally at a convention center in Chicago, inciting violence amongst attendees with several...more

U.S. OSHA orders aviation firm to reinstate dismissed pilot fired for raising safety concerns – damages could exceed $500,000

A U.S. pilot who raised a number of safety concerns has won reinstatement to his job, and years of lost wages. The pilot had complained about safety concerns at work ranging from missed drug tests for pilots to poor...more

Some Agreement at the ABA OSHA Midwinter Meetings about Reporting Severe Injuries – and a Few Lessons and Changes

It may be more entertaining to describe heated disagreement between employers, OSHA and unions, but areas of tacit agreement are more significant, at least when it comes to guaranteeing worker safety....more

Top 10 Leading Causes of Disabling Workplace Injuries

A 2016 Workplace Safety Index published by Liberty Mutual Research Institute found that United States employers paid out approximately $62 billion for their employees’ disabling nonfatal workplace injuries during 2013. This...more

OSHA Issues Hazard Alert on Tank Gauging

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have issued a new hazard alert for health and safety risks to workers who manually gauge or sample...more

What to Expect from OSHA in 2016: Michaels Discusses Hazard Alerts, Silica Rule, Reporting, and Other Priorities

On February 11, 2016, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and the head of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), spoke to 170 members of the oil and gas well...more

It’s Time for Employers Go to the Next Level In Preventing Workplace Violence

I recently met with an international company which has armed security responders at some facilities, guards at others, and nothing at public establishments among its diverse operations. We talked about protecting lone...more

Attention Philadelphia Contractors: Do You Comply with OSHA Training and Supervision Requirements?

The City of Philadelphia has issued new code requirements for construction worker safety training. The new rules went into effect on October 1, 2015, and the Department of Licenses and Inspections has announced that strict...more

Expect More Comprehensive OSHA Inspections Under a New “Enforcement Weighting System”

Over the course of the next year, employers can expect to see longer, more comprehensive OSHA inspections that focus on complex safety and health hazards. This change is associated with OSHA’s new enforcement protocol it...more

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