As its new workplace exam rule took effect this month, MSHA has been posting sample workplace exam forms that mine operators may wish to use. While MSHA does not explicitly say that the forms are “official” or “approved,” the implication is that MSHA would accept these forms as complying with the new rule.
Today, OSHA and industry observe National Forklift Safety Day to raise awareness about the the importance of powered industrial truck safety. In anticipation, OSHA is promoting its extensive online forklift safety resources.
When a number of states with their own OSHA plans had not implemented new regulations similar to OSHA’s 2016 injury and illness electronic reporting rule, many employers in those states believed they would simply be off the hook until the states caught up. Based on a recent notice, OSHA disagrees.
MSHA has announced an additional in-person meeting and two video teleconferences to provide outreach and compliance assistance on the new workplace examination rule for metal and nonmetal mines. One of the video conferences occurs after the new examination rule takes effect on June 2nd. Continue Reading MSHA announces more workplace exam stakeholder meetings
As MSHA’s leadership has traveled the country in recent months, one area of concern they raised repeatedly was powered haulage accidents. Now, the agency is focusing more attention on this “priority issue” with its upcoming quarterly stakeholder call.
Need an authorized instructor to train your team? OSHA has launched a new online database of trainers who provide 10-hour and 30-hour OSHA outreach training courses. The site (available here) is searchable by location and provides contact information to email or call each trainer.
15 months after it first published a rule dramatically changing how workplace examinations will be done on every shift at every metal/non-metal mine, MSHA today published a final amended version of that rule. Despite a litigation challenge and widespread concerns raised by stakeholders, the final rule maintains many of the same provisions as originally introduced. The new rule takes effect June 2, 2018.
Illegal narcotics, prescription drug abuse and alcohol use are growing issues of concern in the workplace. Employers, particularly those with employees in safety-sensitive positions, must be vigilant and proactive. How can you best navigate the minefield of state and federal laws on drug and alcohol testing?
Our next webinar “rewind” brings us to a recent presentation on whistleblower strategies. Whistleblower complaints filed under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Mine Safety and Health Act are on the rise nationwide. How should you handle disgruntled employees to minimize risk?
In the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing our 2018 OSHA and MSHA webinars. In the meantime, in case you missed it or want a refresher, we’ll be posting on-demand links to view our most recent webinars. First up: “OSHA 101 – How to Handle an OSHA Inspection.”