Need OSHA Action On Ammonium Nitrate and Healthcare Workplace Violence, Government Monitor Urges

By | OSHA Law Blog | August 17, 2017
Focus is needed on two safety and health priorities: healthcare workplace violence and high-risk facilities that handle hazardous substances such as ammonium nitrate, chief of the Government Accountability Office Gene L. Dodaro has urged Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta in a letter. View Full Post
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OSHA Suspends ITA Due to Security Breach

By | OSHA Law Blog | August 16, 2017
On Monday we blogged about the availability of the new OSHA Injury Tracking Application (“ITA”) that serves as the web portal for the submission of injury and illness information (300 Logs, 301 Forms and 300A Forms) under OSHA’s “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule (aka Electronic Recordkeeping rule).   View Full Post
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OSHA Launches Injury Tracking Application

By | OSHA Law Blog | August 14, 2017
On August 1, 2017, OSHA finally launched its web portal to accept submission of recordkeeping forms pursuant to the requirements in the final rule, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.”  Under the rule, which was promulgated in May 2016, OSHA originally anticipated having the portal available by February 1, 2017, with submissions due by employers no later than July 1, 2017.  View Full Post
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OSHA Releases New Online Whistleblower Complaint Form for Workers

By | OSHA Law Blog | August 10, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a revised online whistleblower complaint form. In an announcement, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt said, “Workers who report unsafe conditions and wrongdoing have a range of legal protections from retaliation. View Full Post
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Is Misogyny Protected Activity?

By | Not Safe for Work | August 10, 2017
This post was written by Barbara E. Hoey and Steven R. Nevolis and originally posted on Kelley Drye’s Labor Days Blog. The blogs and networks have been buzzing over the past few days with news that a senior software engineer at Google – James Damore – had taken it upon himself to write and post on an internal Google mailing list a ten page memo, explaining his theory on why Google’s efforts to diversify its workforce were not working. View Full Post
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OSHA Issues Safety Fact Sheet On Confined Spaces in Residential Construction

By | OSHA Law Blog | August 3, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new fact sheet to assist residential construction employers in meeting safety standards in confined spaces, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. The Fact Sheet was developed in consultation with the National Association of Home Builders. View Full Post
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OSHA is Pushing Eight Months Without an Administrator: How Long Can You Survive Without Your Head?

By | Not Safe for Work | July 31, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) remains Administrator-less seven months into President Trump’s administration with the recent retirement of the former acting assistant secretary, Dorothy Dougherty, and the absence of a nomination from the White House. Despite the power vacuum, OSHA has been forced to remain active on regulations and standards teed up by the outgoing administration and targeted for revision or rescission by opponents of the prior administration’s actions.  View Full Post
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OSHA Launches New Website for Electronically Filing Injury and Illness Reports

By | OSHA Law Blog | July 27, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electronic portal, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), where employers can file web-based reports of workplace injuries or illnesses, will be accessible beginning August 1, 2017. Under OSHA’s electronic recordkeeping rule, covered companies with at least 250 employees must submit information electronically from: OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) To read my full article, click here. View Full Post
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Rules to Come? Future Regulatory Agenda for OSHA

By | OSHA Law Blog | July 20, 2017
It’s that time of year again…when the federal government tells the regulated community what types of rulemaking initiatives that various agencies are undertaking for the year. Today, the semiannual regulatory agenda was published. This Regulatory Agenda provides a complete list of all regulatory actions that are under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review and covers regulatory actions for over 60 federal departments, agencies, and commissions. View Full Post
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OSHA Exempts Monorail Hoists from Cranes and Derricks Regulations

By | OSHA Law Blog | July 20, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new enforcement policy that excludes monorail hoists from regulations on cranes and derricks in constructions. Stakeholders had argued that monorail hoists are not the same as cranes and derricks in construction, pointing out that these hoists are attached to fixed monorails mounted on trucks, trailers, scaffolding systems, and other equipment. View Full Post
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