Category: News

May 27, 2016

OSHA Official Warns Employers To Prevent Heat-Related Incidents

With average temperatures rising as a result of climate change, a top OSHA official is warning employers to ensure they take adequate precautions to protect their workers from heat-related injury or death, or face risk of enforcement actions and penalties. Kelly Schnapp, director of OSHA’s…

May 26, 2016

Congress Moves To Gut OSHA Plan To Weigh Violations In Procurement

Despite a threatened veto from the White House, the Senate appears slated to join the House in adopting legislation that would gut OSHA’s plan for implementing President Obama’s directive that the agency consider government contractors’ records of workplace violations in granting contracts. The Senate has…

May 25, 2016

Industry Details Strategy To Stymie OSHA’s Electronic Reporting Rule

Industry groups are laying out a multi-part strategy aimed at stymieing — and eventually rewriting — OSHA’s recently finalized electronic recordkeeping and reporting rule, signaling the measure will face significant opposition in Congress and the courts as the Obama administration prepares to leave office in…

May 20, 2016

Rules To Protect Workers From Chemicals, Falls Top OSHA’s Agenda

OSHA is planning to advance several dozen rules and proposed rules in the coming year, ranging from measures to protect workers from slips, trips and falls, industrial facility accidents and exposure to numerous toxic chemicals, according to a federal rulemaking docket. In the Spring 2016…

May 19, 2016

OSHA Official Says Industry Court Challenges Unlikely To Delay Silica Rule

A top OSHA official is pushing back against industry plans to delay implementation of the agency’s new rule limiting silica exposures in workplaces, calling recent industry appeals court challenges to the rule an “expected” consequence of any major OSHA rule, and saying the lawsuits are…

May 11, 2016

Facing Suit, OSHA Chief Offers Broad Defense Of New Injury Reporting Rule

Facing an almost certain legal challenge from industry groups, OSHA chief David Michaels is offering a broad legal and policy defense of the agency’s new rule requiring facilities to report worker injury data, arguing the measure is legally justified and will encourage employers to provide…

May 8, 2016

Industry Backs ‘Abatement Before Citation’ Bill, But Says Right To Contest Should Be Preserved

Industry advocates are voicing strong support for a measure put forth by Rep. Vickly Hartzler (R-MO) to alter OSHA enforcement by letting employers sidestep citations for non-serious regulatory violations as long as the alleged hazards are abated during a “grace period,” but there is also…

April 27, 2016

New Health, Safety Data Drives Advocates’ Push For Stricter OSHA Policies

New federal health and safety data showing an increase in the number of workplace injury and deaths is prompting new calls from labor and other advocates for policymakers to strengthen OSHA’s policies and practices, including issuance of long-awaited standards, increased enforcement and inspection funds and…

April 21, 2016

Unions Craft Petition Seeking OSHA Rule Addressing Health Facility Violence

Bolstered by calls from top Democrats and a long-awaited congressional investigation, a broad coalition of labor unions is preparing a formal petition asking OSHA to set a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard to protect healthcare workers. A source familiar with the issue says the coalition,…

April 19, 2016

Industry Urges Congress To Block Silica Rule To Force New OSHA Review

The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) is urging Congress to block OSHA’s silica rule until the agency has reconsidered the measure’s impacts on small businesses, a call that at least one key Republican lawmaker signaled he is prepared to support. “I urge Congress to consider…

April 11, 2016

OSHA Clarifies Enforcement Of Updated Hazard Communication Standard

OSHA in a recent letter of interpretation (LOI) has clarified aspects of its policy for enforcing the agency’s updated 2012 Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) after industry groups raised concerns about shipping existing stocks of covered chemicals that were already packaged and labeled to comply with…

April 6, 2016

Labor Groups’ Suit Over Silica Rule May Signal Push For Stricter Standards

A coalition of major labor groups is suing OSHA over its controversial rule setting new standards to limit occupational exposures to crystaline silica, suggesting they may push to strengthen the regulation even as industry groups argue the measure is unlawful because it is technologically and…