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NACOSH To Meet in December

The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) will hold a meeting in Washington D.C. on December 12 starting at 9:30 am. NACOSH is comprised of 12 members appointed by the Secretary of Labor who advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor on matters relating to safety and health in the workplace. The Committee meets at least two times a year.

MSHA Conducts Denver Stakeholders’ Meeting on Workplace Examinations

On Thursday, November 15, 2019, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) held the fourth of five stakeholder meetings to discuss the implementation of the revised Workplace Examination standard for metal/non-metal mines, 30 C.F.R. §§ 56/57.18002 (“Rule”). Similar to prior meetings, the meeting focused on discussion of the two provisions from the January 2017 version of the Rule that were reinstated following the D.C. Circuit’s decision on June 11, 2019. A discussion of the reinstatement of the January 2017 version of the Rule can be found here.

Injury and Illness Rates Unchanged in 2018

Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) conducts the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (“SOII”), collecting a sample of data from select employers to represent all industries and sizes of establishments. From that sample, BLS calculates national injury and illnesses rates for certain industries.

Winter Weather Advisory: Preparing for Safe Snow Removal from Rooftops and Other Elevated Structures

now removal can be dangerous business, particularly when removing snow and ice from rooftops and other elevated structures. As we head into the winter season, now is a good time to review safe snow removal practices.

OSHA To Hold Informal Meeting In Preparation For United Nations Session on Chemicals

OSHA announced today that registration is open for an upcoming open informal public meeting to discuss proposals in preparation for the 38th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS).

From Lagging to Leading–OSHA Finally Focuses on Leading Indicators to Improve Safety and Health in the Workplace

OSHA has long focused on “OSHA recordables,” or the number of work-related injuries on an employer’s OSHA 30 log, to assess safety in workplaces. These lagging indicators have been denounced by safety and health professionals as reactive, and an ineffective means of measuring the effectiveness of an employer’s safety and health program. OSHA has finally agreed, and recently announced a stakeholder meeting to take place next month, where it will gather information to develop tools for employers to utilize leading indicators for safety and health.

Finally...OSHA Focuses on Leading Indicators in Safety & Health

Recently, OSHA announced its intention to hold a stakeholder meeting in Washington D.C. next month to obtain information to create tools to help employers with developing and using leading indicators for safety and health.

OSHA Releases Annual “Top 10”

With the end of the federal government’s fiscal year having ended on September 30, OSHA recently released the top ten violations for fiscal year 2019. Generally, this list does not change much from year to year with the top three violations tending to be fall protection, hazard communication, and scaffolding. OSHA noted that the violation data was through August 15, 2019 and not all violations had been added to its reporting system. But the order of the below list is not expected to chang

Three’s Company: OSHRC’s Third Panel Seat to Be Filled Soon

On October 15, 2019, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Cynthia L. Attwood to serve as a commissioner on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). If confirmed by the Senate, this would be her third appointment to the Review Commission, and she would, coincidentally, fill the third seat on the three-commissioner panel.

Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog OSHA To Hold Roundtable On Benefit Of Using Leading Indicators In Injury Tracking

Registration is open for an upcoming OSHA meeting on the benefits of using leading indicators in addition to lagging indicators for the tracking of workplace injuries. The agency notes that while many employers track their injury or illness rates using lagging indicators, such information does not reveal hazards until after an injury or illness occurs. Instead, OSHA wants to discuss whether employers should also consider using leading indicators, which it describes as including proactive, preventive, and predictive measures.
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