Safety and OSHA News

Report recommends changes for OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program

It may soon become more challenging for companies to qualify for a program that honors what are said to be the nation’s safest workplaces. Another possibility: OSHA could have more reasons to kick companies out of the program. [Read more…]

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Changes coming to OSHA’s VPP?

An OSHA official confirms to the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) that a “top-to-bottom review” of the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) has been completed and recommendations on changes are being considered. [Read more…]

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Ergonomics: High priority for new OSHA administrator

When OSHA published its regulatory agenda this month, acting administrator Jordan Barab held a one-hour Web chat to answer questions about it. One of the most popular inquiries: ergonomic injuries and what OSHA plans to do about them. [Read more…]

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Obama’s OSHA nominee confirmed

David Michaels is expected to start work as the head of OSHA later this week. [Read more…]

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Audit to look into OSHA penalty reductions

It’s no secret: Companies hardly ever pay fine amounts that OSHA initially issues. Sometimes, the amounts are reduced significantly. Is that about to change? [Read more…]

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Safety group backs ergonomics regulation

As new labor and safety leaders in the Obama administration have shown they would like to require companies to address ergonomics for employees, support for government regulation comes from a safety and health organization. [Read more…]

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Combustible dust regulation on the fast track

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and OSHA interim administrator Jordan Barab have said that a new combustible dust regulation is one of their rulemaking priorities at OSHA. [Read more…]

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Federal OSHA turning up the heat on state plans

OSHA is doing something it hasn’t done in a long time: The federal agency has formed a task force to investigate a state workplace safety agency. [Read more…]

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OSHA’s new quick-hit approach on process safety

OSHA isn’t going to wait around for the next big chemical release or explosion. Companies covered by the agency’s process safety management (PSM) standard shouldn’t be surprised to see inspectors on their doorsteps in the near future.  [Read more…]

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Recordkeeping checks coming back

For the last eight years, OSHA has de-emphasized recordkeeping inspections. That’s about to change. [Read more…]

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