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OSHA, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll: A Musical Soundtrack to OSHA’s New Drug Testing and Anti-Retaliation Rule

Reprinted from Travis Vance article in Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog On the first of December, OSHA’s new drug testing and anti-retaliation rule took effect that impact employer policies regarding injury reporting and drug testing. It significantly  alters the circumstances when drug testing can be conducted and reemphasizes the protections for employees to report...
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New Slip, Trip, and Fall Revisions Start January 17, 2017

OSHA created Subpart D, “Walking-Working Surfaces” in 1971 and has attempted revisions in 1973, 1990, and 2010. After 26 years of trying, spurred largely by the ever-increasing number of fatalities due to falls in both the construction and general industry sectors, OSHA has finalized a significant overhaul of existing Subpart D requirements which apply to...
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Transitioning to a Trump Administration: What It Could Mean for the Department of Labor and OSHA

As this is only a couple of days following the election, many of the “likely scenarios” and “expected trends on regulatory actions” under President-Elect Trump’s administration are only based on educated suppositions. However, the following comments by Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Edwin G. Foulke Jr. offer some interesting insider insights and plausible shifting of...
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OSHA’s Top Ten Violations for 2016

Fall protection was at the top of the list….AGAIN Based on OSHA’s preliminary tabulation, the 2016 Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Safety Violations are: Fall Protection, 6,929 violations 2. Hazard Communication, 5,677 violations 3. Scaffolds, 3,906 violations 4. Respiratory Protection, 3,585 violations 5. Lockout/Tagout, 3,414 violations 6. Powered Industrial Trucks, 2,860 violations 7. Ladders, 2,639...
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OSHA Proposes Changes to Respiratory Protection Standard – Comment Period Open

Fit-testing flexibility is the goal Notice published in Industrial Safety & Hygiene News 10-12-16 OSHA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to add two quantitative fit-testing protocols to the agency’s Respiratory Protection Standard. The protocols would apply to employers in the general, shipyard and construction industries. Intent of change This proposed rulemaking would allow employers greater flexibility in...
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