For the first time in 14 years, Democrats will have a President in the White House and significant majorities in both the House and Senate. While many newspapers have been calling on the Democrats to make major changes in monetary and foreign policies, one has chosen to target the nation’s workplace safety and health regulations.
Cal/OSHA is in the process of revising its workplace violence regulations – which are currently only applicable to health care – to apply to general industry. Non-healthcare industries have traditionally fallen under the state’s version of OSHA’s General Duty Clause when it comes to regulating workplace violence, but a May 17 draft revision of the healthcare […]
Cal/OSHA issued a draft COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS) April 6 to potentially replace the current version, which expires May 5, 2022. The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is scheduled to hear public comment on the proposed ETS, which would be the fourth version since Nov. 30, 2021, on April 21, 2022. If […]
Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board formally approved the readoption of California’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS) with no substantive changes from the proposed draft. That proposed draft brought with it seven major changes over the prior version of the ETS, however. The revised ETS will become effective likely before the end of the first week of May […]
While spring may have only just sprung, hazardous heat is already a concern in certain areas of the U.S. The National Weather Service issued heat advisories for April 8 for parts of California, causing Cal/OSHA to issue a reminder about its heat illness prevention standard. Advisories in effect April 8 Heat advisories for temperatures of […]
Cal/OSHA updated its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) FAQ page July 18 to address the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) revised definition of the term “close contact.” The CDPH updated the definition in early June, stating that close contact was “someone sharing the same indoor airspace (e.g., home, clinic waiting room, airplane, etc.) for […]
Cal/OSHA has new fact sheets and updated FAQs on California’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS) posted on its website, reflecting recent changes made to the standard. The agency officially updated the ETS on April 21, 2022, and promised that new information clarifying certain parts of the standard would be forthcoming. Facts sheets and FAQs include: […]
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking to revoke the final approval of Arizona’s state OSHA plan, citing the state’s failure to adopt and enforce effective standards. This is in response to Arizona’s “decade-long pattern of failure” to use standards and enforcement policies at least as effective as federal OSHA’s. State plans are OSHA-approved […]
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.
How much your local OSHA inspector knows about occupational safety and health may depend mostly on where you’re located.
On Jan. 3, Minnesota became the first state-plan state to officially adopt federal OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The state plans to exercise enforcement discretion as far as compliance dates are concerned, similar to what federal OSHA has implemented since the stay on the ETS was lifted Dec. 17 by the U.S. […]
Massachusetts is on the cusp of being approved to have its own OSHA state plan covering state and local government employers. Federal OSHA published a proposed rulemaking June 29 to approve Massachusetts’ request to adopt its own plan covering the state’s public employers and workers. The plan would cover approximately 6,500 public sector employers and […]
Imagine this: A flash fire at work claims the life of a worker. The state issued 16 OSHA violations against the company and then dropped every one of them after the company appealed. Now the violations are reinstated. Here’s why:
Permanent COVID-19 workplace rules have officially gone into effect Jan. 28 in Virginia, following Governor Ralph Northam’s approval of the standard. The standard – which was adopted Jan. 13 by the state’s Department of Labor and Industry’s Safety and Health Codes Board – mandates appropriate PPE, sanitation, social distancing, infectious disease preparedness and response plans, record keeping, training, […]
Washington State’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has adopted emergency rules to address outdoor heat and smoke hazards throughout the summer of 2022. Employers will be required to monitor temperature and air quality, take steps to protect workers from heat and smoke hazards and provide training and information from June 15 through the end […]
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