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|Reminder of Challenges Associated with Workplace Violence Prevention|
Gregory T. Alvarez, Jason C. Gavejian, Sylvan J. Schaffer, Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
August 28, 2015, previously published on August 27, 2015The August 26 shooting of two journalists by a former co-worker on live TV in Virginia is a stark reminder that a worker may become violent.
|OSHA Cites Newly Released Beryllium Proposal as Collaborative Effort|
Bradford T. Hammock; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
August 26, 2015, previously published on August 26, 2015In what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration described as a collaboration among government, industry, and organized labor, the safety agency has proposed a comprehensive rule to reduce exposure to beryllium among employees in general industry.
|Undaunted by Lawsuit, MSHA Boasts POV Reforms are ‘Real Game Changers’|
Henry Chajet; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
August 26, 2015, previously published on August 26, 2015Facing a lawsuit by the mining industry over a an amended rule targeting “pattern” violators of the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA’s) safety standards, the agency has announced the revised rule is “a law that now works.”
|Judge Reproaches OSHA for ‘Affirmative Misconduct’ over Enforcement Action|
Carla J. Gunnin; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
August 20, 2015, previously published on August 20, 2015Vacating citations against a Texas company, an administrative judge has lambasted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for having “fallen short of any standard of decency, honor, or reliability” by citing the company for alleged violations occurring during a period in which...
|OSHA Proposes Changes to Recordkeeping Rule|
Tressi L. Cordaro; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
August 13, 2015, previously published on August 12, 2015The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a rule intended to overcome a court ruling that barred the agency from citing an employer for failing to record an injury or illness beyond the six-month statute of limitations set out in the statute. The rule, proposed July 29, would...
|"Demystifying the Process of Contesting an OSHA Citation," IndustryWeek|
Michael Rubin; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
August 11, 2015, previously published on July 21, 2015“The decision to contest an OSHA citation should never be made lightly. Indeed, many factors might be relevant to the decision-making process,” writes Michael Rubin, a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s OSHA and Worksite Safety Practice Group, in an article he wrote for the July 21,...
|OSHA Proposes New Rules to “Clarify” Recordkeeping Obligations|
John F. Martin; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
August 7, 2015, previously published on July 31, 2015On July 29, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to “clarify” employers’ recordkeeping obligations under 29 C.F.R. Part 1904. Comments are due by September 28.
|OSHA Moves to Enforce Workplace Violence Incidents in Healthcare|
Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
August 7, 2015, previously published on August 5, 2015The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s efforts to address workplace violence in the healthcare industry have received a boost from a recent administrative law judge’s decision affirming OSHA citations following an employee’s death at work and, in another case, from an...
|MSHA Launches Two New Safety and Health Initiatives|
Henry Chajet; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
August 7, 2015, previously published on August 5, 2015The Mine Safety and Health Administration has introduced a pair of initiatives, one in response to a recent increase in fatalities in the metal/nonmetal (M/NM) sector of mining, and the other following a report by an agency watchdog, which concluded MSHA could do more to address alleged...
|OSHA Targets Workplace Violence|
John D. Surma; Adams and Reese LLP;
August 7, 2015, previously published on July 16, 2015For decades, acts of workplace violence were viewed as being limited to altercations between employees and "active shooter" situations involving a disgruntled employee or former employee. Generally speaking, those incidents occur within the four walls of the workplace or nearby company...