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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is a United States federal agency established in 1970 by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. OSHA is part of the Department of Labor and is charged... more +
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is a United States federal agency established in 1970 by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. OSHA is part of the Department of Labor and is charged with assuring healthy, safe, working environments. OSHA sets and enforces safety standards and policies. Examples of OSHA's duties include setting limits on workers' exposure to hazardous substances, ensuring workers have access to safety information and protective equipment, and providing employers and workers proper training to prevent dangerous conditions. less -

Review, Revise or Rescind – Agency Plans and Unified Agenda Reveal More Regulatory Editing is in Store for 2018

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The Trump administration's Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions ("regulatory agenda"), released on December 14, 2017, indicates agencies are taking a hard look at existing rules, and treading lightly with new...more

[Webinar] OSHA's 2017 in Review and a 2018 Forecast - January 16th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The ball has dropped, the confetti has been swept out of Times Square, and 2017 is in the books. It’s time to look back and take stock of what we learned from and about OSHA over the past year. More importantly, the...more

OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping Now in Effect

Beginning December 15, 2017, establishments with 250 or more employees, and establishments in certain high hazard industries with 20-249 employees, must begin electronically submitting to OSHA information from their 2016 OSHA...more

Senate Nominations Committee Approves Trump Nomination For OSHA Administrator

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Senate Nominations Committee, during a December 13, 2017 meeting, approved the Trump nomination of Scott A. Mugno, for the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health,....more

OSHA Announces Two-Week Extension for Electronic Submission of Form 300A

by Morgan Lewis on

Employers subject to recordkeeping regulations should immediately begin preparing electronic submissions to comply with the December 15 deadline....more

Mercury/OSHA Enforcement: Citations Issued to Plainville, Connecticut Contractor for Alleged Violations Related to Facility...

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued citations to a Plainville, Connecticut construction contractor for alleged violations related to the demolition of a mercury boiler. Manafort Brothers, Inc....more

Are Your California Employees Asking for Dust Masks Because of the Raging Fires?

by Fisher Phillips on

Our California offices reported that local governments are provided N 95 dust masks to citizens because of the wild fires. Such masks may not actually help all users and the smoke and particulate may not exceed permissible...more

Senate Committee Set For December 13, 2017 Vote On Confirmation Of Trump Nomination For OSHA Administrator

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Senate Nominations Committee has scheduled a vote on the Trump nomination, Scott A. Mugno, for the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health....more

Reminder: Electronic Submission Due December 15th

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employers covered by the recordkeeping requirements in Section 1904 are reminded that Friday, December 15th is the DEADLINE to electronically submit their 2016 300A. This requirement applies to establishments with 250 or more...more

Ontario, Canada: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 Aims to Protect Low-Wage and Part-Time Workers

by Fisher Phillips on

Last month, Ontario passed the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (the “Act”). The Act was passed in response to the Changing Workplaces Review’s conclusion that there is a “need for reform of employment standards and...more

8 For ‘18: 8 Things for Employers to Look For from OSHA and MSHA in 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s that time of year again: for employers to celebrate the successes of the prior year and make plans and resolutions for the new one. But OSHA and MSHA are making New Year’s resolutions, too, and employers are well-advised...more

Beltway Buzz - December, 2017 #2

Another hectic week here in D.C. has us feeling like we’re living in a glass case of emotion. Here’s why...more

November 2017 OSHA News Releases

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

11/29/2017 – Region 3 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Fines US Environmental Inc. for Safety Violations and Proposes Penalties Totaling $333,756 - 11/28/2017 – Region 6 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of...more

OSHA Hazard Assessment: To What Extent Can a Multi-Facility Employer Rely on Hazard Assessments from One Facility in Another,...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

OSHA regulations require an employer to conduct a hazard assessment to determine if hazards are present, or likely to be present, that necessitate the use of Personal Protection Equipment (“PPE”). 29 CFR § 1910.132(d)(1). It...more

OSHA: Disclosure of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Due Next Week

As we outlined last year, OSHA recently revised its recording and reporting regulation to require certain employers to submit injury and illness data to OSHA on an annual basis for posting on OSHA’s website. The deadline for...more

Covered Employers Must Electronically Submit Injury and Illness Data to OSHA by December 15, 2017

Last year, OSHA issued a new electronic reporting rule that requires employers with more than 250 employees in industries covered by the OSHA recordkeeping regulations, as well as employers with 20-249 employees in designated...more

Say Yes to Mugno

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In late October, President Trump nominated FedEx Ground official, Scott Mugno, as OSHA Director. Many critics of this Administration will be surprised to learn that Mr. Mugno appears to have an open mind and is not planning...more

Employers Must Consider the ADA Before Requiring Medical Examinations

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Depending on your industry, it may be commonplace for you as an employer to require medical examinations of employees for a specific purpose in order to ensure the safety and health of those employees. This often occurs, for...more

Nothing To Sneeze At: Evaluating Employee Safety Protections In The Healthcare Industry

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: NIOSH reiterated last week that healthcare workers are exposed to a wide range of hazards on the job and healthcare employers may not be following best practices to protect against these hazards....more

OSHA Delays Electronic Injury Reporting Requirement Until December 15

Last year, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced new rules that will require employers to electronically submit annual OSHA 300A employee illness and injury information. While employers are...more

Fall Protection is OSHA’S Top Citation for 2017

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

OSHA’s list of 2017 most frequently cited violations are the usual suspects with one addition. Fall protection is again the number one cited violation by OSHA followed by hazard communication, scaffolding, respiratory...more

Beltway Buzz - December, 2017

Welcome back, and hold onto your reindeer reins - it’s going to be a busy few weeks ahead. The 12 Days (or so) of Congress. Congress has returned to D.C. after a week-long Thanksgiving break, and the Trump administration...more

OSHA Appeals Decision Invalidating Its Multi-Employer Citation Policy

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

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

'Tis the Season for a Reminder about the Human Element of Workplace Health & Safety Programs

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

This time of year is a perfect time for a reminder of the "why" your business spends the time, energy and investments it does to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for its employees. Each and every person - who is a...more

Knock, Knock… Who’s There And Do I Have To Let You In?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Does an employer have to let a union official in? Only if they have a permit! Right of entry disputes are common – partly because of the multiple laws that at a glance seem to overlap in a way that can be confusing. The...more

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