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Howard’s End of the Week Roundup - January 21

by Fisher Phillips on

I started these posts after my partner Travis Vance and I realized that our clients and Firm friends are eager for information in areas other than labor, OSHA, and employment law. A number of nationally renowned thought...more

What effect does the government shutdown have on OSHA and MSHA enforcement?

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Everyone from political junkies to average citizens has an opinion on the January 2018 government shutdown, and some may have bets on its duration. However, while the government continues to flounder, the private sector...more

Workplace Violence Fatalities Up In 2016

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published workplace fatality statistics for 2016 showing a 7-percent increase from 2015. Within this increase, workplace violence and other injuries by persons or animals increased 23...more

Transportation And Workplace Violence Standout In Census Of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has found a seven percent increase in 2016 fatal injuries reported over those reported in 2015. BLS noted that this was the third consecutive increase in annual...more

What A Government Shutdown Would Mean For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

If Congress cannot approve a budget by this Friday at midnight, the federal government will shut down. What will this mean for employers across the country? A look back at the most recent government shutdown will provide...more

Workplace Violence, Indoor Heat, Cannabis Regulations On Cal/OSHA 2018 Schedule

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Starting the year with a bang, the Cal/OSHA Division said it intends to finalize several new standards this year, including on indoor heat illness prevention. It also intends to release new workplace violence prevention for...more

2018 OSHA News Releases from January 1st through January 15th

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

01/09/2018 – Region 2 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites South Jersey Manufacturer For Continued Safety Violations - 01/05/2018 – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Urges Employees and...more

OSHA Removes List of “Workplace Fatalities” from its Website Home Page

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In another example of OSHA’s refocus it has dropped from its home page the prominently placed listing of Worker Fatalities. ...more

An Update from AGC’s Winter National Safety Committee Meetings.

by Fisher Phillips on

Folks who follow my writing know that of the many groups to which I speak, the AGC National Safety Committee is my favorite. I love the industry and I value the clients and contacts who have become friends, even Bob Emmerich,...more

2018 Environmental, Health, and Safety Outlook for Manufacturers

Reduced Regulation - We all know that one of President Trump’s goals is to streamline and minimize regulations. Among other things, Executive Order 13771 indicated that, for every regulation to be passed, two had to be...more

DC Circuit Upholds the New OSHA Silica Rule But Remands Medical Removal Protection Standard Issue

On December 22, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a unanimous opinion upholding most of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) 2016 revised workplace standard for...more

OSHA staffing ups and downs – what could it mean for employers?

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Part of the Trump administration’s political platform was to shrink the size of the federal government that is not involved in defense and security. As that trickles down to OSHA, what will fewer compliance officers mean for...more

Mugno Nomination For OSHA Administrator Back Before The Senate

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Due to Senate Rules, the Trump nomination of Scott A. Mugno, for the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, has now been “returned” to the Senate for consideration....more

Warming Up to OSHA’s New Cold Stress Guide

by Blank Rome LLP on

Unless you spent the last month on a Caribbean island, you know that a majority of the country was in a deep freeze in late December and early January. Numerous record lows were set and some states, such as the Dakotas and...more

A Surprising Number of Hazards May Be Present in Your Office

by Howard Ankin on

Office workers are exposed to a number of workplace hazards like slip and fall accidents, ergonomic hazards, electrical fires, poor indoor air quality and other dangers that result in tens of thousands of work-related...more

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? How An R.E.M. Song Can Teach Workplace Violence Lessons

by Fisher Phillips on

What can the connection between legendary alternative rock band R.E.M. and veteran reporter Dan Rather tell us about workplace safety? Most probably didn’t even realize these two popular culture figures had anything in...more

Differing Opinions are Vital for the Safety Community.

by Fisher Phillips on

Most folks in the safety community know Jordan Barab, the former Obama era Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor at OSHA from 2009 to 2017. You can read Jordan’s take on OSHA, MSHA, safety and anything related to employees and...more

Nominations: OSHA secretary deferred, Solicitor confirmed, mine commission judge named

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Washington returned after New Year’s to news on several Trump administration nominations related to workplace safety and health. This week, the White House announced the nomination of Marco M. Rajkovich, Jr. to be the new...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds OSHA Silica Rule

by King & Spalding on

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently promulgated a new rule for respirable crystalline silica, with compliance obligations for the general industry beginning on June 23, 2018. Some industries...more

OSHA Publishes Crystalline Silica Standards Rule Fact Sheets for Construction

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has just released several fact sheets applicable to industries regulated under the Crystalline Silica Standards in Construction Rule....more

Baby It’s Cold Outside…So Remember OSHA’s Cold Stress Guide

by Cozen O'Connor on

As much of the country is experiencing record low temperatures, it is a good reminder that failing to take appropriate measures to protect employees working in such environments and avoiding other hazards associated with the...more

OSHA Civil Penalties Going Up Again – Adopts 2018 Maximums

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The DOL has published its 2018 OSHA civil penalties. We had blogged previously about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2017 adjustments to the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for OSHA violations....more

OSHA Penalties Up To Adjust For Inflation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

OSHA is beginning the New Year with higher penalties. Effective today, civil penalties for violations of OSHA standards and regulations increased to adjust for inflation. In a Federal Register notice issued today, the U.S....more

December 2017 OSHA News Releases

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

12/29/2017 – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Urges Employees and Employers Engaged In Snow Removal and Cleanup to Be Aware of Potential Hazards - 12/28/2017 – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S. Labor...more

Breaking: D.C. Circuit Upholds Silica Standard

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Last week the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a long-awaited opinion in a case involving numerous challenges to OSHA’s silica in construction standard. ...more

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