Safety and OSHA News

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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Fewer OSHA inspections — but more impact?

Calling it his “big announcement” at the National Safety Council’s annual conference and expo, OSHA administrator David Michaels said the agency is moving to a new enforcement system that will shift inspection resources toward more complex hazards.  [Read more…]

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Is this the future of targeted OSHA inspections?

How are companies currently targeted for OSHA inspections when there hasn’t been a serious incident or a complaint? They inspect facilities with self-reported higher-than-industry average injury rates. But is there a better way to target the companies most at risk of having a major incident? [Read more…]

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OSHA: The next four years under President Obama

The election has produced status quo in Washington DC: President Obama re-elected, Democrats control the Senate, Republicans control the House. However, don’t expect the status quo at OSHA in the next four years. [Read more…]

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10-year study: Do inspections help bring down injury rates?

What is the effect on companies of OSHA enforcement as far as future safety performance? One state has looked at ten years’ worth of records to find out. [Read more…]

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OSHA tells its inspectors to look out for safety incentive programs

OSHA is telling its investigators: During inspections, watch for workplace policies and practices that could discourage workers from reporting injuries, which could be a violation of whistleblower and recordkeeping rules. Among the policies they’re told to look for: certain types of safety incentive programs. [Read more…]

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Top 10 industries for OSHA complaints

More than one out of every five OSHA inspections result from employee complaints. Is your industry one of the top 10 that generate the most complaints?

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Top 10 dos and don’ts for OSHA inspections from 2 OSHA inspectors

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Haven’t been inspected by OSHA, or, at least not recently? [Read more…]

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Some businesses now exempt from OSHA inspections

It turns out OSHA’s newly increased budget comes with some strings attached. [Read more…]

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More safety inspections to be comprehensive, not focused on single hazard

Now, if OSHA decides to come to your facility to perform an inspection, it’s much more likely to be comprehensive instead of one just focused on a single problem. [Read more…]

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