Month: March 2015

March 26, 2015

Lawmakers Press Colleagues To Back Robust OSHA, NIOSH Funding Levels In Fiscal ’16

House and Senate Democrats are circulating letters urging lawmakers to support increased OSHA funding and to shield NIOSH from the Obama administration’s long-contemplated elimination of two research and education programs, with the advocacy effort driven by several safety and health professional organizations.

March 24, 2015

New OSHA reporting rules bring big enforcement changes

In the wake of new injury and illness reporting requirements put into place Jan. 1, OSHA has developed enforcement procedures that could significantly impact employers.

March 20, 2015

OSHA Offers Good-Faith Employers Leeway On June 1 Hazcom Deadline

OSHA is offering some enforcement leeway for companies that show good-faith efforts to meet an upcoming June 1 deadline for updating safety data sheets (SDS) and labeling mixtures of chemicals with known hazards under a 2012 worker right-to-know standard, though some in industry believe the…

March 17, 2015

Senate Republicans Call On Obama To Demand Immediate Resignation Of CSB Chair

Two key Senate Republicans on safety and environmental issues are demanding President Obama immediately call for the resignation of Rafael Moure-Eraso, the chair of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) who has been roiled with controversy on Capitol Hill and in interactions with the agency’s inspector general (IG) over allegations of mismanagement, power abuse and whistleblower retaliation.