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Review Commission Requests Outside Comments From Interested Parties To Evaluate Workplace Heat Stress Case

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) is reviewing OSHA’s use of the general duty clause to issue citations against employers for heat-related hazards that are likely to cause death or serious bodily...more

MSHA Extends Period To Submit Comments On Diesel Exhaust Exposure Standards

In response to requests from the public, on March 26, 2018 the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) announced that it is reopening the public comment period to the Agency’s request for information (RFI) related to...more

U.S. Government Passes 2018 Omnibus Spending Package With Modest Increase To OSHA Funding

With what has now become a regular ritual, lawmakers rushed to pass a $1.3 trillion omnibus bill on the last possible day to avoid a government shutdown. The 2,300-page bill was passed by the House last Thursday by a vote...more

3/27/2018  /  DOL , Federal Funding , OSHA

MSHA Rolls Out New System To Improve Mine Inspections

On February 22, 2018, the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) announced that it would be instituting a new Mobile Inspection Application System (Mobile IAS) to improve and further enhance the efficiency and...more

Vote On Scott Mugno To Lead OSHA Delayed

A vote on Scott Mugno to become the head of OSHA has been postponed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). Mr. Mugno had already won approval by the committee on a straight-party line vote on...more

MSHA Penalties Increased For 2018

Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act), on January 2, 2018 the U.S....more

OSHA Appeals Decision Invalidating Its Multi-Employer Citation Policy

Although the Department of Labor under new Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has indicated that it will be scaling back on the broad interpretation of joint employer for purposes of determining enforcement liability, on November 6,...more

Mine Safety Agency Proposes Further Changes To The Examinations Of Working Places In Metal And Nonmetal Mines Final Rule

On September 12, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published two proposed rules seeking to further amend the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines final rule which was published on...more

OSHA Still Considering Revising Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

With the December 1, 2017 deadline fast approaching for covered employers to electronically submit injury and illness records to OSHA, the Agency has indicated that it is close to completing its review to the Obama-era...more

Mine Safety Agency Implements Medical Standards Action Plan For Inspectors, Technical Personnel

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will implement an action plan for employees who do not meet the agency’s medical standards. As a condition of employment, MSHA inspectors and technical personnel must undergo...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Serious Accident Alert For Crane Operators

After a crane operator suffered serious injuries earlier this year while attempting to stow the crane’s lattice extension, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a serious accident alert for crane...more

OSHA Exempts Monorail Hoists From Cranes And Derricks Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new enforcement policy that excludes monorail hoists from regulations on cranes and derricks in constructions. Stakeholders had argued that monorail hoists are...more

Mine Safety Agency Launches ‘Training Assistance Initiative’ For Miners With Less Experience

Recent coal-mining deaths have prompted the Mine Safety and Health Administration to launch a voluntary “training assistance initiative” for miners with less than one year of experience in mining or in their current job, MSHA...more

OSHA Delays Crane Operator Certification Deadline

The compliance date for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule requiring construction crane operators be certified by a third-party evaluator and designated as “qualified” will be delayed, the agency announced...more

Challenge To Mine Safety POV Rule Stayed For Settlement Talks

An Ohio court case on the validity of the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s 2013 rule on “pattern of violation,” or “POV,” may be near an end. At the joint request of the plaintiffs and MSHA, a judge for the U.S....more

5/18/2017  /  Mining , MSHA , Safety Violations

OSHA Launches Campaign on Young Worker Safety

OSHA outlined employer responsibilities for keeping young workers safe, noting, “Young workers are those new to the workforce, even up to age 24. Young workers can be an asset to your workforce. However, it may be their first...more

California OSHA Delays Enforcement of Construction Silica Standard

On April 19, 2017, the Department of Industrial Relations for the State of California issued an important update to Cal/OSHA’s new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. The standard is substantially...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert on Falls at Metal and Nonmetal Mines

After the deaths of 29 miners over the past decade from falls in metal and nonmetal mines, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert on reducing the risk of dangerous falls, reminding employers of...more

MSHA Announces Results of Special Impact Inspections From December 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced the results of its monthly special impact inspections from December 2016. During the month, MSHA conducted inspections at 10 coal mines and...more

Trump Administration Issues Temporary Regulatory Freeze

Shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated into office, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus instructed federal agencies to temporarily freeze any pending regulations, a standard practice for incoming...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Hand-Injury Advisory

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued an advisory warning to mine operators and employees about the dangers of hand injuries. The agency said that from January 1, 2010, through August 31, 2016, there were...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Hazard Safety Alert from for Truck Vacuum Operations

Static electricity during vacuum operations can result in accidents such as shock hazards, explosions, and secondary injuries from falls due to shock, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has warned in a safety alert for...more

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