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OSHA Delays Online Injury Reporting Rule

On May 17, OSHA announced that employers will not have to electronically file injury and illness information by July 1, as the rule had stated. As of the date of this announcement, OSHA still had not opened the online portal for employers to file the...

General, OSHA  •  June 14, 2017

Load Limits for Structurally Supported Surfaces

The last line of the lyrical refrain in the 1968 hit song “The Weight” by Canadian-American rock group The Band reads, “You put the load right on me.” In the context of a work environment with a mezzanine storage platform, this verse conjures up a m...

General, OSHA, Inspection  •  March 09, 2017

OSHA & Healthcare: Update 2017

People ask many questions when it comes to healthcare facilities. Hospitals and nursing homes are under scrutiny and many want to know, “How do they compare?”

Healthcare, OSHA, Safety Programs  •  February 10, 2017

OSHA’s Updated Electronic Recordkeeping Rule: Are You Prepared?

OSHA has updated their recordkeeping requirements for employers across many different industries in an effort to ensure the completeness and overall accuracy of injury and illness information.

General, OSHA, Leadership and Management  •  February 02, 2017

OSHA Issues Final Rule for Beryllium – Part III.

In prior posts, we covered the new exposure limits for beryllium and the requirements for exposure assessment, work areas, written exposure control plan, engineering controls, respiratory protection and personal protective clothing and equipment. In...

Construction, General, OSHA  •  January 31, 2017

OSHA Issues Final Rule for Beryllium – Part II.

This is the second post in a three-part series reviewing OSHA’s final rule for beryllium. In the first part of this series, we covered the exposure assessment, work areas, and written exposure control requirements. This post covers the respiratory p...

General, Construction, OSHA  •  January 26, 2017

OSHA Issues Final Rule for Beryllium – Part I.

In January 2017, OSHA issued its final rule for beryllium. Standards were issued for the general industry (1910.1024), shipyard industry (1915.1024) and the construction industry (1926.1124).

General, Construction, OSHA  •  January 24, 2017

HazCom’s Consumer Product Exemption

The question arises from time to time about the need for acquiring and maintaining safety data sheets for household cleaning products such as Windex and Glass Plus.

General, Hospitality, Retail, Education, OSHA  •  January 19, 2017

OSHA Webinar - February 9

It can be hard to keep track of all the recent regulatory changes (like OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard, severe injury reporting program or automatic post-accident drug testing clarification) and what will be coming down the line for 20...

General, OSHA, Safety Programs  •  January 03, 2017

Automatic Post-Accident Drug Testing? OSHA Says No.

According to OSHA, “although drug testing of employees may be a reasonable workplace policy in some situations, it is often perceived as an invasion of privacy, so if an injury or illness is very unlikely to have been caused by employee drug use… req...

General, OSHA, Claims Management  •  November 22, 2016

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