Beryllium Exposure Rule Going Through Changes, OSHA Admits

By | OSHA Law Blog | June 23, 2017
The rule to lower permissible workplace exposure to beryllium is undergoing changes in a White House review, Occupational Safety and Health Administration deputy director for standards and guidance Maureen Ruskin has told safety specialists, as reported by Bloomberg BNA. The final rule took effect on May 20, 2017, and employers must comply with most of the rule’s requirements by March 12, 2018.  View Full Post
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Removal of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule Imminent: GSA Issues Interim Memorandum

By | OSHA Law Blog | June 21, 2017
Rulemaking is underway to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to remove the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule, the General Services Administration has said in guidance to federal agencies instructing them not to wait for the formal rescission to ensure certain contract clauses are not in new or existing government contracts and solicitations.  View Full Post
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Department of Labor Chooses Chief of Staff

By | Not Safe for Work | June 20, 2017
Labor Secretary Acosta has dubbed Wayne Palmer his new Chief of Staff. Following Acosta, Palmer is the first major political hire at the Department of Labor (“DOL”). Palmer’s considerable experience in Washington includes holding a senior position at the Center for Presidential Transition and his tenure as Chief of Staff to former Senator Rick Santorum. View Full Post
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Employers Do Not Have to Report Injury for Employee Who Does a ‘Daily Stretching Program,’ OSHA Says

By | OSHA Law Blog | June 15, 2017
Employers do not have to report a worker as having an injury if they instruct the worker to do regular stretching exercises for a “minor discomfort,” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has concluded in an interpretation letter released on May 24, 2017. View Full Post
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Are We Being Taped? – the Second Circuit Weighs in On Workplace Taping

By | Not Safe for Work | June 14, 2017
This post was written by Barbara E. Hoey and originally posted on Kelley Drye’s Labor Day Blogs. In the era of the ever-present cell phone, where many people seem to video and record (and then post to social media) virtually everything that goes on in their lives, employers have tried to limit such activity in the workplace with blanket “no recording” policies. View Full Post
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OSHA Beryllium Rule Lowering Exposure Limits Takes Effect, but It Faces Uncertain Future

By | OSHA Law Blog | June 1, 2017
Regulation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to reduce worker exposures to beryllium “to prevent chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer” took effect on May 20, 2017. An OSHA spokesperson said on May 22, however, that the agency received a petition to stay the effective date, which it is reviewing. View Full Post
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OSHA Issues Chemical Process Safety Management Reports for Small Businesses and Storage Facilities

By | OSHA Law Blog | May 25, 2017
May 17, 2017 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued two reports on the safe management of hazards by small businesses and storage facilities that use highly hazardous chemicals in business processes. In 1994, OSHA outlined the requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using highly hazardous… Read More View Full Post
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