Safety and OSHA News

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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Just how experienced is that OSHA inspector? New stats

How much your local OSHA inspector knows about occupational safety and health may depend mostly on where you’re located. [Read more…]

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Government report questions effectiveness of OSHA enforcement

OSHA fines are supposed to act as deterrents to companies taking shortcuts with employee safety. But a new government report faults the agency for not sufficiently linking OSHA enforcement activities to the ultimate outcome: fewer employee deaths, injuries and illnesses. [Read more…]

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Would prescription-only pseudoephedrine cut down on meth use?

A new government report corroborates previous statistics that show methamphetamine use may be rising in the U.S. after dropping for several years. [Read more…]

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Report: More OSHA guidance needed on safety incentives

For a while now, OSHA has been telling businesses that they need to take a closer look at their safety incentive programs. Now, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says OSHA has to take a closer look at its guidance about safety incentive programs. [Read more…]

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Report: OSHA rulemaking process takes too long

A report to Congress from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls the process for creating a new OSHA regulation “protracted” and “lengthy.” [Read more…]

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80 deaths at VPP sites since 2000

An eight-month investigation reveals 80 employee deaths at companies in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) between 2000 and 2008. What may be even more shocking: 65% of these companies have maintained their VPP status. [Read more…]

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Death knell for Voluntary Protection Programs?

A government report critical of the Voluntary Protection Program was expected by many. OSHA’s response to the report is even more interesting. [Read more…]

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