Safety and OSHA News

OSHA inspections decline slightly, some categories see increases

OSHA’s inspection summary for fiscal year 2018 shows the agency conducted fewer inspections than the previous fiscal year, but certain types of inspections were up.  [Read more…]

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Congress votes to repeal OSHA’s 5-year recordkeeping rule

Using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has passed a measure to rescind an OSHA rule that requires companies with more than 10 employees to keep injury records for five years.  [Read more…]

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Where OSHA is targeting inspections now: New priorities

OSHA’s new inspection weighting re-prioritizes what its safety officers will focus on, beginning with the start of the new federal fiscal year on Oct. 1, 2015. What hazards are going to receive more attention from inspectors?  [Read more…]

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OSHA wants to inspect the smallest businesses

Under most circumstances, OSHA can’t inspect businesses with 10 or fewer employees. The agency wants to change that using language in its fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget. [Read more…]

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3 current OSHA enforcement areas and what they have in common

The head of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs recently laid out three areas which the agency is currently focusing on. At first glance, they may not seem to have much in common, but they share one detail regarding OSHA enforcement. [Read more…]

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Does training help workers identify ergonomic risks?

Many companies provide ergonomics training to employees to help them identify risk factors for injuries. Until recently, there had only been one study on the effectiveness of this type of safety training. [Read more…]

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Overcoming 3 barriers to learning from workplace injuries

Imagine this workplace injury scenario: A worker is seriously hurt on the job by an electrical shock. Years later, under similar circumstances, a worker is killed from electrocution. Why didn’t the company learn from the first incident? A new research paper lays out three barriers to learning from previous workplace injuries and how companies can overcome them. [Read more…]

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State bans workplace ergonomics regulations

As the debate over ergonomics regulations continues, one state has decided that such rules are too expensive for businesses. [Read more…]

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Ergonomics: Are you squinting when you read this?

The press release said, “Feel like you’re getting old simply because you squint to see the small print on your computer screen?” Yep, that’s me, I said to myself. [Read more…]

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OSHA withdraws ergonomics proposal; 2nd such action in a week

Just hours before President Obama’s State of the Union speech in which he focused on job creation, OSHA withdrew its second major proposal in a week and said it would seek more input from small businesses on a change to injury logs. [Read more…]

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