Safety and OSHA News

OSHA fines: To shame or not to shame – is that really the question?

Much has been made about the anti-regulatory tilt of the Trump administration. Creating new regulations is one thing. But when it comes to OSHA enforcement, will there really be big changes? Well, maybe one in particular.  [Read more…]

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OSHA: Beryllium rule update, comments requested on VPP

Despite the lack of a nominee to head OSHA under the Trump administration, the agency continues to make changes, including one proposal to the beryllium standard.  [Read more…]

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Court throws out Wal-Mart fine, but upholds OSHA regulation: Here’s why

Wal-Mart is off the hook but other companies may not be when it comes to an OSHA regulation regarding hazard assessments. OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) plays a part in a federal court’s decision in this case.  [Read more…]

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A look back at Top 10 OSHA trends to watch in 2014

Many items on our “watch list” for OSHA in 2014 had some significant developments this year:  [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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Does VPP approval shield company from OSHA fines?

An employee of this company died of asphyxiation. The company argued it didn’t deserve to be fined because once OSHA approved its participation in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), its processes were, in effect, also approved. What did a court think?  [Read more…]

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OSHA spells out its latest inspection targets

Who is a target for an OSHA inspection? The agency has spelled it out, at least for the next 12 months. [Read more…]

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Report: OSHA doesn’t have sufficient controls over Voluntary Protection Program

A report by the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) questions whether OSHA has sufficient controls for the selection, re-evaluation and monitoring of participating companies in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). [Read more…]

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OSHA develops rules to kick companies out of VPP for deaths, injuries

The controversy has been brewing for years, but now OSHA has announced what it will do going forward when it finds a company in its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) has had a fatality or multiple injuries. [Read more…]

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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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