Yesterday (July 30), OSHA published a proposed rule to amend its Injury & Illness Record-keeping standard, 29 CFR Part 1904. OSHA proposes two significant changes that address long-standing industry concerns.

Continue Reading OSHA suspends and may delete requirement to electronically submit detailed injury/illness data

by Julia Banegas

How would the Trump administration’s government reorganization plan affect highly technical workplace safety programs, such as OSHA and MSHA? Part of the plan, announced June 21, 2018, proposes merging the Department of Labor (where OSHA and MSHA sit) and the Department Education into a new agency named the “Department of Education and the Workforce.”

Continue Reading What happens to safety agencies under plan to merge with Department of Education?

OSHA’s new final silica rule that dramatically reduces allowable exposures to respirable crystalline silica takes effect this week for most employers. In particular, the rule kicks in on June 23, 2018 for employers in general industry, maritime companies, and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the oil and gas industry (for fracking, engineering controls still do not take effect until June 2021).

Continue Reading OSHA silica rule takes effect this week with 30-day grace period

OSHA has begun rulemaking efforts that could limit how much injury and illness information employers must submit electronically under a 2016 rule. Under the proposed changes, employers would only have to submit to OSHA the annual summary of injuries and illnesses, rather than also submitting logs and reports detailing each incident.

Continue Reading OSHA seeking to limit injury records employers must submit electronically

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.

Continue Reading Thought you were off the hook? Now, employers in state plan states must submit OSHA injury data, too.

Kim Slowey of Construction Dive reviews the top 10 OSHA penalties in construction under the Trump administration. She notes that while the new OSHA’s news releases may be toned down from the prior administration’s, “that doesn’t mean OSHA stopped citing and fining companies.”

Continue Reading Top 10 OSHA construction penalties under Trump administration: $271k to more than $1.5m

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.

Continue Reading Need an OSHA-authorized trainer? Check out OSHA’s new online database.

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?

Continue Reading On-demand webinar: Creating safe, drug-free workplaces that comply with OSHA’s latest guidance