In the Fall CTI Newsletter, I had developed and shared a 2017 Health and Safety Compliance Calendar with our avid readers, recommending some advanced thinking and planning for the health and safety portion of a 2017 Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) compliance calendar. Many of you also wear the hat of “environmental compliance manager” or some similar
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
caution sign 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
For those in compliance, There was no debate, Strict rules posed deep worries, Would Santa be late?
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
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
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
What is storm water and why is it a concern? Storm water runoff is rain and snow melt that runs off the land and hard surfaces, paved streets and parking lots, directly entering streams, rivers and lakes. It picks up pollutants like chemicals, oils, trash and dirt from surface areas and from outdoor business activities,
Did You Know – TSCA Is No Longer Only About New Chemicals? While the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act has been long overdue (bipartisan reform has been 40 years in the making) and contains many promising benefits related to chemical safety, there is always a “cost factor” to consider too.