OSHA Announces New Injury Reporting Rules

Posted on Thu, Sep 25, 2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule Sept. 11, 2014, revising the requirements for reporting work-related fatality, injury and illness information. The rule also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements.

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Tags: Pinnacle Employee Services, OSHA, Injury Reporting, PES

OSHA & Cal/OSHA Provide Heat Illness Prevent Kit for Employers

Posted on Fri, Jul 13, 2012

Listen up employers. Over the past month the heat wave has been sweeping the nation. With temperatures reaching into the triple digits. Employers need to educate their supervisors, managers and outside workers of the dangers that are associated with Heat Illness. OSHA and Cal/OSHA have started a campaign called, “Water. Rest. Shade”. This campaign provides employers with education resources for employers and workers. OSHA and Cal/OSHA have provided a Heat Illness Prevention Kit for employers to help educate and prevent heat illness in the workplace. This information is in Spanish and English. OSHA has gone as far as creating an app for Heat Safety. The app is available for Android, iPhone and coming soon to Blackberry.

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Tags: OSHA, heat illness prevention standard, outdoor employers, outdoor workers, HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Informant, Cal/OSHA, heat illness, heat illness prevention

Cal/OSHA Issues Alert on Confined Spaces Hazards

Posted on Mon, Feb 27, 2012

Cal/OSHA recently launched a statewide Confined Space Special Emphasis Initiative to focus attention on the hazards posed by confined spaces in worksites. Cal/OSHA also issued a Confined Spaces Hazard Alert to assist employers with identifying confined space hazards and taking steps to prevent injuries.

The initiative was spurred by investigations of confined space deaths and injuries in California. In 2011, seven California workers were killed in confined space incidents, including two young brothers who died from toxic gases in an underground drainage system at a recycling center.

Confined spaces can include tanks, silos, pipelines, sewers, storage bins, drain tunnels and vaults, and can be found in many industrial worksites and also in non-industrial settings, such as health care, education and retail. 

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Tags: OSHA, Confined Spaces, Hazards, Cal/OSHA

Littler's Tammy McCutchen Examines Department of Labor FLSA Enforcement Issues at Congressional Hearing

Posted on Wed, Nov 09, 2011

Littler's Tammy McCutchen Examines Department of Labor FLSA Enforcement Issues at Congressional Hearing.
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Tags: workplace safety, OSHA, Agency Rulemaking, Whistleblower, Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, Uncategorized

OSHA's 2011 Site-Specific Targeting Program Will Affect More Employers

Posted on Fri, Sep 16, 2011

High-hazard, non-construction employers with 20 or more employees will be subject to inspections under the Occupational Safety and Health’s 2011 Site-Specific Targeting (SST) programmed inspection plan. (pdf)? Last year’s SST applied to employers with at least 40 employees. The purpose of the SST is to enable OSHA to focus its inspection resources on workplaces that experience the highest injury and illness rates, as identified by data compiled in the 2010 OSHA Data Initiative (ODI)survey of approximately 80,000 establishments in selected high-hazard industries. According to OSHA, the worksites are randomly selected for inspection from a primary list of 3,700 manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and nursing and personal care facilities. Another change from last year’s program is the incorporation of a study to measure the program's impact on injury and illness rates and future compliance with OSHA standards.

Generally, the SST “defines key terms, describes the three inspection lists, provides scheduling and inspection procedures, and gives information on OSHA coding.” In addition, the report includes three appendices that provide information on the industry groups included in the 2010 ODI, includes a checklist for compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs), and instructs Area Offices on how to use the Inspection Targeting website. The targeted employers are culled from various manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and nursing and personal care facilities.

As was the case under last year’s SST, if a CSHO?discovers that an establishment slated for inspection is a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) site, he or she must exit the site without conducting an inspection, and the establishment must be deleted from the inspection list. Similarly, if the establishment takes part in OSHA’s Consultation Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), then the inspection officer must leave the site without conducting an inspection. If the establishment’s application to either of these programs is pending, then the inspection will be deferred.

In addition to the SST program, OSHA operates a number of national and local emphasis inspection programs aimed at specific high-risk hazards and industries.

In a press release, OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels said: “By focusing our inspection resources on employers in high hazard industries who endanger their employees, we can prevent injuries and illnesses and save lives,” adding: “Through the SST program we examine all major aspects of these operations to determine the effectiveness of their safety and health efforts.”

by Ilyse Schuman
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Tags: Agency Happenings, workplace safety, OSHA, High-Hazard, SST, Site-Specific Targeting, Uncategorized