As we previously reported, the compliance date for OSHA’s new electronic reporting rule for submission of the 300A forms was delayed until December 15, 2017. OSHA recently announced that over 214,000 300A forms were submitted electronically prior to closing the portal. However, this was significantly less than the 350,000 submissions that OSHA was expecting.Read more
Until 2015, it was the practice of OSHA to look back only three (3) years to prior citations to establish “repeat” violations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In 2015, OSHA modified the look-back period in its Field Operations Manual (FOM) from three (3) years to five (5) years. Violations of OSHA regulations are classified in several ways, including willful, repeat, serious, or other than serious. The higher the classification, the larger the penalty.Read more
On July 30, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formally published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking to revise and improve the Tracking of Workplace Injury and Illness rule. The proposed rule rescinds the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from the OSHA Forms 300 Log and 301 Forms.Read more
OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is based on a simple concept that employees have a right to know and understand the hazards of the chemicals they might be exposed to in the workplace. Unfortunately, many employers fall short when it comes to compliance with the HCS as evidenced by the fact that hazard communication is always toward the top of OSHA’s most cited violations every year.
The HCS requires information to be prepared and transmitted regarding all hazardous chemicals.Read more
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. From May 7-11, 2018, the National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety.
Above is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by OSHA. Fall protection was the number one citation again, and we have previously examined the connection between fall hazards and fatalities in the workplace as well as the importance of building a safety culture in your workplace.Read more