Safety and OSHA News

OSHA and MSHA maximum fines increasing in 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor has increased maximum fines by 2.5% for 2019 which includes penalties assessed by OSHA and MSHA. [Read more…]

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Feds sue church, allege retaliation for worker’s safety complaint on Facebook

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against an Arkansas church, alleging it retaliated against two employees for complaints about poor ventilation. One firing occurred after the pastor saw three Facebook posts about conditions at the church.  [Read more…]

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Report: OSHA needs better metrics to measure its success

A new report says OSHA lacks sufficient metrics to determine how well it’s carrying out its mission of protecting the safety and health of workers.  [Read more…]

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5 audits looking at effectiveness of OSHA

Sometimes the people who do the inspecting get inspected, too. As part of its 2015 Workplan, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will continue or begin five audits to determine OSHA’s effectiveness.  [Read more…]

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Will cuts to OSHA assistance cause problems down the road?

Under sequestration, the Department of Labor (DOL) cut OSHA’s employer assistance budget so that compliance inspections could be maintained near current levels. Business advocates questioned that strategy. A new report shows DOL isn’t sure it was a good idea either. [Read more…]

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Clothes or protective gear? Difference affects worker pay

One thing is for sure on the issue of whether workers should be paid for the time it takes them to put on or take off safety gear: There are enough court cases on the subject. Now, it seems the courts are reaching a consensus on this issue, despite an opinion by the U.S. Department of Labor. [Read more…]

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Do you have to pay for donning/doffing safety gear

Even after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the matter, whether companies have to pay employees for the time spent donning and doffing safety gear was still confusing. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is trying to clear that up. [Read more…]

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