Today, the nominee to lead OSHA, Scott Mugno, is scheduled to have his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. If confirmed, Mr. Mugno will become the next U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Continue Reading OSHA nominee confirmation hearing today
On Wednesday, OSHA announced a further two-week delay in the deadline for employers to submit their 2016 injury and illness data electronically to the agency. The new deadline will be December 15, 2017. That will mark the first time that employers are required to routinely submit such data under a new rule issued during the Obama administration (to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses”). Here’s what employers need to know… Continue Reading 10 top questions about OSHA’s Dec. 15 injury reporting deadline
Today, OSHA announced a further two-week delay in the deadline for employers to submit their 2016 injury and illness data electronically to the agency. The new deadline will be December 15, 2017. That will mark the first time that employers are required to routinely submit such data under a new rule issued during the Obama administration. Continue Reading Does your business have to give OSHA injury data by December 15?
DOL has new leadership under Secretary Acosta. But, at least one longstanding OSHA policy is not changing any time soon if the agency has its way. OSHA recently asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to uphold the agency’s multi-employer citation policy after an administrative law judge tossed out an OSHA citation based on the policy. Continue Reading OSHA defends citation to “controlling employer” under multi-employer citation policy
The Trump Administration is expected to nominate Scott Mugno, a FedEx Vice President (of Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle Maintenance), to lead OSHA. Mugno is an attorney that started his career with FedEx in 1994. Mugno is expected to be nominated as the Assistant Secretary of Labor and would have the leadership role at OSHA. Continue Reading FedEx VP Tapped to Lead OSHA
OSHA has announced the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety regulations in fiscal year 2017. The top 5 standards remain the same as last year, with slight movement in the rankings of other standards. Employers should consider using this list as guidance for their workplace safety programs and their internal compliance audits. Continue Reading Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2017
It’s hard to avoid the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the news this week. For those that missed it, Weinstein, a movie executive and co-founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company, was terminated after multiple women came forward with detailed allegations of sexual harassment and assault. While many of the women who have come forward were aspiring actresses and not company employees, at least one of those women was a 25-year-old receptionist. A recent New Yorker article states that Weinstein, the company CEO, made overt sexual advances toward this woman at least a dozen times. The young woman told the New Yorker she was “very afraid” of Weinstein, but she still reported the incidents to the company. It was reported that sixteen former and current executives and assistants at Weinstein’s companies had witnessed or had knowledge of his behavior (relating to various women), but it does not appear that the company thoroughly investigated or took action to properly address the reports and allegations. Continue Reading What is your workplace “Harvey Weinstein?”
The dramatic evacuation of a 1.5-mile area around the Arkema, Inc. organic peroxide plant in Crosby, Texas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has renewed interest in pending amendments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Risk Management Program and may well affect the outcome of EPA’s reconsideration of these amendments. Continue Reading Did Hurricane Harvey change the course of EPA’s RMP Rule Amendments?
OSHA’s new crane operator certification rules will be delayed and will not take effect until November 2018 under a proposed rule published by OSHA on August 30th in the Federal Register. The primary purpose may be for OSHA to reconsider the rule’s requirements. Continue Reading OSHA formally proposes one-year delay to crane certification rules
In late June, we notified our readers that OSHA had again delayed the compliance date for electronically submitting injury and illness reports. Notwithstanding the ongoing delays, this regulation has charitably been described as a political hot potato. Continue Reading Data security breach at OSHA? False alarm – this time.