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A Kinder, Gentler OSHA for Construction?

While President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is awaiting Congressional confirmation, key agency decision makers are listening to the construction industry.

OIG to OSHA “Improve Guidance for Fatality and Severe Injury Reporting”

Three years after introducing new severe injury reporting requirements that require employers to report any work-related amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or loss of an eye to OSHA within 24 hours of the incident, and fatalities within 8 hours, the Office of the Inspection General (OIG) conducted an audit to determine if OSHA had effectively implemented these new requirements.

Practical Lessons from 911.

For me, the anniversary of 911 is principally for remembering and paying respect to the 2996 victims at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and that Pennsylvania field, as well as the many individuals who have lost their life and limbs since that day protecting their fellow citizens. Thousands in Iraq, Afghanistan and others in hot spots around the world … or in the day to day accidents that are inevitable to the operation and training of our military. (See, The Cost of War Since September 11, 2001 and The DOD Casualty Report) I realized the other day that because of IEDs, it is now common to see young men and women with high-tech artificial legs. The list could go for pages if we consider emergency responders, police, various civil servants and countless others.

Group Asks Court to Require OSHA to Electronically Accept OSHA 300 Logs and 301 Forms

In response to OSHA’s announcement in May this year that the agency would not require the electronic submission of 300 Logs or 301 Forms for employers with establishments of 250 or more employees, Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging OSHA’s suspension of the requirement to electronically submit the 300 Log or 301 Forms.

Concussions Aren’t Just a Risk for NFL Players: Hardhats versus Safety Helmets.

While recently meeting with a group of contractors, I noticed that three large general contractors were requiring their employees to wear safety helmets instead of traditional hardhats, despite the approximately $120 cost per helmet. Futuristic Kask helmets were the helmet of choice. Kask states that the helmets satisfy ANSI Z89.1-2014. Technical specs. Arguably the most important aspect of the helmet was the chin straps.

Workers in High-Risk Industries at Greater Risk for Opioid Deaths, Study Says

Your employees could be at a heightened risk for developing an addiction to opioids after a workplace injury. Now is the time to take measures to minimize the risk of this happening to them.

OSHA Proposes Rescinding Part of Electronic Records Rule

Executive Summary: On July 27, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a news release stating that it has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to “better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular individual by removing provisions of the ‘Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses’ rule. OSHA believes this proposal maintains safety and health protections for workers, protects privacy and reduces the burdens of complying with the current rule.”

OSHA Proposes to Roll Back Electronic Reporting Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to remove provisions of the "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses" rule. The agency said that the changes are meant to protect employees' personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular individual. Observers expected these changes following OSHA's announcement in the 2017 regulatory agenda that it would review the Obama-era rule.

OSHA Proposes to Rescind Major Portions of its Electronic Reporting Rule

On Monday, July 30, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule to abolish much of the existing electronic reporting obligations for establishments with 250 or more employees. Under the proposed rule, OSHA would drop the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit injury or illness data (OSHA Form 300) or incident reports (OSHA Form 301).

OSHA Proposes Amending Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

On July 30, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register seeking comments on a proposed measure that would partially rescind the 2016 amendments to its recordkeeping rule. The 2016 amendments required establishments with at least 250 employees, or with at least 20 employees in a high-risk industry, to electronically submit their illness and injury records to OSHA annually, beginning in 2017. However, OSHA was not accepting OSHA 300 and 301 forms on its portal for the July 1, 2018, deadline.