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HTMLOSHA May Have Given Up on Combustible Dust Rule before End of Obama Administration
Carla J. Gunnin; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 9, 2016, previously published on February 1, 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration may have thrown in the towel on issuing a general industry regulation for combustible dust before the end of the Obama Administration in January 2017.

 

HTMLUncontrolled Energy Sources Targeted in New MSHA Initiative
Mark Savit; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 9, 2016, previously published on February 1, 2016
The Mine Safety and Health Administration has launched an enforcement and educational outreach initiative to call attention to the danger of working around uncontrolled energy sources, a risk the agency said that has claimed the lives of 28 miners in the Metal/Non-Metal (M/NM) sector since 2005.

 

HTMLNIOSH Proposes to Study Impact of a Worker Wellness Program
Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 8, 2016, previously published on January 21, 2016
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking comment on a proposed study aimed at determining the effectiveness and economic return of a state-sponsored workers’ wellness program. It seeks to understand such a program’s impact on traditional occupational safety...

 

HTMLOSHA Sets Hearing Date on Proposal to Drastically Limit Beryllium Exposure
Henry Chajet; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 8, 2016, previously published on January 21, 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold an informal hearing to gather testimony on a comprehensive agency proposal on worker exposure to beryllium. The proposal would cut the permissible exposure limit (PEL) tenfold and impose employer mandates. The current limit, 2.0 µg/m3, has...

 

Adobe PDFOSHA's Delay in Launching Its Web Portal Raises Concerns for the Proposed Recordkeeping Rule
Melissa A. Bailey, Matthew Clark Thorne; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 1, 2016, previously published on January 21, 2016
At the start of 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made several changes to its regulations requiring employers to report certain work-related injuries and illnesses. Under the previous rule, employers had to report all work-related fatalities, as well as hospitalizations...

 

HTMLOSHA and FAA Agree to Increased Cooperation and Information Sharing to Protect Aviation Whistleblowers
Erik M. Dullea; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 26, 2016, previously published on January 14, 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration have executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the enforcement of the whistleblower provisions in the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21) (49 U.S.C....

 

HTMLMSHA Hits 23 Mines with Impact Inspections
Donna Vetrano Pryor; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 26, 2016, previously published on January 14, 2016
A total of 23 mines across 11 states were targeted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration for special emphasis inspections in November, and one of them — an Illinois cement plant — was tagged with 53 citations and five orders.

 

HTMLCriminal Prosecutions and Workplace Safety
John D. Surma, Collin G. Warren; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2016, previously published on December 18, 2015
On September 15, 2015, we wrote an OSHA Bulletin that summarized a memorandum issued by Deputy Attorney General Yates. On December 17, 2015, Yates issued another memorandum that will impact all employers and that relates to “Prosecution of Worker Safety Violations.”

 

HTMLOSHA Sends Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule to OMB for Final Review
Henry Chajet, Bradford T. Hammock; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 14, 2016, previously published on January 7, 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has sent its comprehensive rule governing worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for final review.

 

HTMLOSHA has Authority to Seek Enterprise-Wide Relief
Paul J. Schumacher; Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 8, 2016, previously published on January 4, 2016
An Administrative Law judge has decided that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission may have authority order abatement measures sought by the OSHA beyond the specific violations OSHA identified in its citations. Sec’y. v. Central Transport, LLC, OSHRC Docket Nos. 14-1452,...

 


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