On August 8, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Vol. 63. No. 31) related to the causes of heat illness and death among workers in the United States.
Earlier this year, the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry’s (DOLI) Occupational Safety and Health Enforcement division (VOSH) updated and issued an internal guidance documentthat provides great insight into how construction projects are selected for OSHA inspections.
In April 2013, OSHA launched an enforcement initiative aimed at reducing injuries and illnesses suffered by temporary workers. According to OSHA, the temporary worker industry has grown 125% since 1990 and approximately 10 million employees are in temporary jobs per year.
Since 2010, OSHA has made a concerted effort to coordinate enforcement of whistleblower complaints with affiliated agencies. (See our past blog about OSHA’s coordination with the FDA here).
Each year since 1976, the appropriations bill contains a rider that prohibits OSHA from spending funds on the enforcement of OSHA rules, regulations and standards for farming operations with 10 or fewer non-family employees.