A requirement that employers disclose more information about worker injuries to safety officials and the public has been scaled back by the Trump administration.
The Labor Department action, reflecting the administration’s broad push to ease regulations on business, weakens an Obama-era initiative to improve safety enforcement and crack down on underreporting of job injuries. The 2016 rule, which had been hailed by safety advocates, drew the ire of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups.
J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. helps companies avoid regulatory risk at nationwide educational events
January 30, 2019
In its continued effort to help companies comply with government regulations, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. is hosting nearly 30 complimentary seminars in the first quarter of 2019 alone.
“What’s great about these seminars is not only that our subject-matter experts provide attendees with in-person guidance to better understand and comply with complex regulatory requirements, but also that attendees get to hear about real life best practices from their peers,” said Tom Reader, senior director of marketing at J. J. Keller.
A coalition of advocacy groups have filed a complaint (PDF) with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia over OSHA’s rollback of a provision in its final electronic injury and illness reporting rule, which was issued during the partial government shutdown. Public Citizen, along with the American Public Health Association and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists said in the suit that OSHA “failed to provide a reasoned explanation” for its decision to reverse a requirement that certain businesses electronically submit workplace injury and illness records to OSHA.
Course will be offered March 16-17 in Las Vegas, Nevada
January 25, 2019
The American Industrial Hygiene Association is pleased to support the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication's professional development training, HazCom Registry Preparation, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The course, designed for hazard communication professionals preparing to sit for the Safety Data Sheets & Label Authoring Registry competency assessment, will be presented on March 16-17 by Robert Skoglund, Ph.D., DABT, CIH; Denese A. Deeds, CIH, FAIHA, SDSRP; Douglas Eisner, M.S.; Chandra D. Gioiello, M.S., CIH; and Robert Roy, Ph.D., DABT.
Companies with 250 or more employees will not be required to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301, under the final rule issued yesterday by OSHA.
That Obama-era provision was eliminated after an unusually speedy review of the rule by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
Despite being shut down during the partial federal government shutdown, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) last week approved OSHA’s final Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule. What are the details? The public doesn’t know and will not know until the rule can be published in the Federal Register, which is closed for business during the shutdown.
Process safety management (PSM) is a term that is most frequently used in highly hazardous industries like oil refining, gas processing and chemical manufacturing. However, PSM could apply to any industry where people are working in and around any hazardous equipment or environment.
On February 15, Labor-Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration after it became clear he lacked the necessary Senate Republican support to be confirmed. Puzder had drawn criticism for opposing the minimum wage and expanding overtime eligibility.
To minimize the potential for workplace injuries and illnesses, OSHA requires personal protective equipment (PPE) for all employees exposed to hazards. In today’s complex work environments, various types of PPE are needed to satisfy the regulations, which apply to physical, electrical, mechanical, chemical, radiological and other hazards.