The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule which eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA each year.Read more
On October 11, 2018, OSHA issued a Memorandum to Regional Administrators clarifying the agency’s position on workplace safety incentive programs as well as post-incident drug testing policies. By way of background, on May 12, 2016, OSHA published a final rule which amended 29 CFR 1904.35 prohibiting employers from retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.Read more
Employers in Ohio face a challenging situation with the advent of medical marijuana and the issues it presents in the workplace. The law entitles employers to a drug free workplace and the enforcement of a zero-tolerance policy. However, to date, there is not a “real time” test to determine whether an employee is impaired or “high”.Read more
An important decision for employers was issued on October 9, 2018, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in United States v Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc., No. 16-17745. The Mar-Jac case limited OSHA’s ability to expand accident investigations beyond their original and intended scope.
The case began on February 3, 2016, when an employee of Mar-Jac Poultry, a poultry processing facility in Georgia, was injured while trying to repair an electrical panel.
Humor is an excellent teaching tool and often helps to begin or end safety meetings. We want to share the following 10 comical safety quotes with you. Even though they will make you snicker, remember that these sayings are also a great way to wrap up any meeting.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