Recently we have had some interesting questions posed about how temporary staffing agencies must handle certain issues related to OSHA training and recordkeeping for temporary workers.
At a recent American Bar Association meeting, Tom Galassi, Director of Enforcement Programs for OSHA, stressed the agency’s continued focus on key enforcement initiatives, such as temporary workers, corporate-wide settlement agreements and the continued use of the severe violator enhancement program (“SVEP”).
On March 5, 2015, OSHA issued a long-awaited Final Rule regarding SOX whistleblower procedures and related matters. The new Final Rule will replace the Interim Final Rule enacted in 2011, after Dodd-Frank amended SOX.
Employers should be aware of a proposed OSHA recordkeeping rule that is expected to be issued as a final rule this year.
Beginning on January 1, 2015, employers in states with Federal OSHA jurisdiction were required to start reporting to OSHA work-related fatalities (that occur within 30 days of the work-related incident) within 8 hours of learning of the fatality, work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of the work-related incident.
Effective January 1, 2015 employers in states with Federal OSHA jurisdiction must report to OSHA all work-related fatalities (that occurs within 30 days of the work-related incident) within 8 hours of learning of the fatality, all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours of the work-related incident.
OSHA first announced its proposed rule on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica in August 2013 and concluded public hearings on the proposed rule in April 2014.
Stepping outside this week is a biting reminder that winter has arrived. OSHA has updated its website with information about winter hazards and the steps that can be taken to protect employees.
Take note, employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (that means most of you): As of January 1, 2015, you are required to comply with new reporting and recordkeeping requirements promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Matt set a pretty high bar last week, summarizing his thoughts for what could be a tumultuous 2015 on the labor and employment front. Now, it’s my turn to provide some thoughts for 2015 the EHS front. I’m not sure I’d call all of these predictions, since we know that they’re out there – more like “stuff to watch out for.”