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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

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

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 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

OSHA's New Silica Rules: Are you ready for OSHA to inspect your jobsite?

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

OSHA’s new silica rules (“Silica Rules”) for construction went into effect on September 23, 2017. Under the new Silica Rules, all contractors who engage in activities that create silica dust (such as by cutting, grinding, or...more

Daddy’s Home 2 – fisticuffs in the workplace

by FordHarrison on

While the holiday season can be a time of great joy and celebration, it can also be a time of great stress. Indeed, the pressure of holiday preparations and spending an inordinate amount of time in close quarters with...more

Ammonia/OSHA Enforcement: Penalties Proposed for Alleged Florida Electric Utility Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a November 17th news release stating it cited Tampa Electric Co. (“Tampa Electric”) for alleged violations at its Gibsonton, Florida facility related to a...more

OSHA Publishes “Small Entity Compliance” Guides for the Crystalline Silica Standards

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has recently published “Small Entity Compliance” Guides for the new Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction and General Industry....more

The Latest From OSHA on Silica in Construction Enforcement

On October 19, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued Interim Enforcement Guidance for enforcing the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, 29 CFR 1926.1153. OSHA began...more

OSHA Begins Enforcement of Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standards

On October 23, 2017, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began enforcement of its Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard (Construction Silica Standard). OSHA enforcement of its...more

What Employers Need To Know About OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule For Construction

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Full enforcement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new respirable crystalline silica rule in the construction industry began on October 23, 2017, according to the agency. The silica rule is one of the...more

OSHA Now Fully Enforcing Silica in Construction Standard

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On October 19, 2017, OSHA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary issued interim guidance to Regional Administrators on the new Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard. In this guidance, OSHA explains that as of...more

OSHA Review Commission Back in Business

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (Review Commission) issued two orders this month — the first we have heard from the Review Commission since April 27, 2017. The orders followed, on...more

OSHA’s 2017 Top Ten List

by Cozen O'Connor on

OSHA recently announced its top 10 most cited violations for fiscal year ending 2017. Although the order may change from year to year, it usually reflects the usual suspects of violations and this year’s list is no different....more

Construction Employers Now Subject to Enforceable OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule; Grace Period for “Good Faith”...

by Bryan Cave on

Construction employers are now subject to OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica rule, which became enforceable on September 23, 2017. OSHA published a guidance memorandum dated September 20, 2017, which set forth a 30-day...more

Best in Law: Houston Has a Problem; Make Sure You Don’t - Partner D. Brian Reider Writes About Disaster Preparedness for the...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the horrible hurricane Harvey and Irma disasters unfolded recently, and wildfires have raged all over the West, we are reminded that the time is now to think carefully about disaster preparedness. Here in California, our...more

OSHA Adopts 30-Day “Phase-In” of Enforcement of Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA announced a thirty day phase-in for enforcement of the Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction under 29 CFR 1926.1153. The new rule will be fully effective by Monday, October 23, 2017....more

OSHA Adds Arsenic as a Concern for Indoor Shooting Ranges

by Williams Mullen on

Over the last few years, the Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) has targeted indoor shooting ranges for potential exposures of employees to lead. During inspections, OSHA compliance officers generally take...more

OSHA Announces Top Ten Violations

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

OSHA recently released the top ten violations for fiscal year 2017, which ended September 30. Generally, this list does not change much from year to year with the top three violations always being fall protection, hazard...more

Temperature Plays A Significant Role in Worker Injuries [Infographic]

by Howard Ankin on

Workers who are exposed to extreme temperatures on the job have a higher risk of injuries and chronic health problems. Exposure to prolonged periods of heat and cold account for thousands of work-related injuries each year....more

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

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

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

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