David Michaels is expected to start work as the head of OSHA later this week.
OSHA says employees at this company were suffering musculoskeletal (ergonomic) injuries because of repetitive tasks. For that violation and others, the company now faces $38,000 in fines.
Here’s proof that OSHA can issue citations involving ergonomics despite not having a specific regulation on musculoskeletal injuries.
In cases in which a particular hazard isn’t addressed by any OSHA standard, the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), may be cited. The GDC says: Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death […]
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.
Even though OSHA withdrew its proposed ergonomic recordkeeping rule from review by the Office of Management and Budget four months ago, work on the proposal hasn’t completely stopped.
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.
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.
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 […]
When Congress overturned OSHA’s ergonomics standard in 2001, the agency was also barred from issuing a similar rule in the future. However, that hasn’t stopped OSHA from handing out citations for ergonomic hazards.
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.
As the debate over ergonomics regulations continues, one state has decided that such rules are too expensive for businesses.
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Two regulatory deadlines in the first half of the year are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what’s happening with OSHA in 2015.
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