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    Report Calls on OSHA to Improve Guidance for Fatality and Severe Injury Reporting

    Oct 01, 2018
    A recent audit and report from the Office of the Inspector General calls for improvements in OSHA procedures to address underreporting of workplace-related serious injuries and fatalities.
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    ASSP Asks OSHA to Raise Awareness of Fall Protection Management Programs

    Sep 18, 2018
    ASSP is calling on OSHA to elevate the importance of fall protection management programs and advise employers to look to consensus standards such as ANSI/ASSP Z359 and ANSI/ASSP A10 for the latest industry practices.
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    OSHA Extends Some Compliance Dates for Beryllium Standard

    Aug 09, 2018
    OSHA is extending the compliance date for specific ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard to Dec. 12, 2018. The extension maintain essential safety and health protections for workers, the agency states, while giving it time to work on a proposal that would clarify certain provisions of the standard and address employers’ compliance burdens.
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    OSHA Proposes Rule to Better Protect Personally Identifiable Information

    Jul 30, 2018
    OSHA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that it says will better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be reidentified with a particular individual. This rulemaking would remove provisions of the agency's current recordkeeping rule.
  • ASSP Urges Senate Leaders to Move Ahead on Mugno Confirmation Vote

    Jul 11, 2018
    ASSP is calling on Senate leaders to move ahead with the vote on the nomination of Scott Mugno as head of OSHA. Mugno was nominated in late October 2017 and has been approved twice by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
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    OSHA Silica Enforcement: Behind the Statistics

    Jun 27, 2018
    Federal OSHA enforcement of its requirements for general industry and maritime under the new silica rule started on June 23, 2018. However, OSHA will assist employers that are making good-faith efforts to meet the new standard’s requirements during the first 30 days of enforcement.
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    OSHA Extends Comment Period for Rule on Crane Operator Certification

    Jun 18, 2018
    OSHA has extended the comment period on its proposed crane operator certification rule until July 5, 2018.
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    OSHA Silica Standard & Disparate Protection Issues

    Feb 22, 2018
    The failure of some states to be in sync with the federal requirements, or those of other state plans, poses a compliance dilemma for employers and their safety and health consultant-advisors whose workplaces are subject to both federal OSHA and multiple state plan enforcement activities.
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    Protecting Workers From Chemical Exposure – Who Has Responsibility – OSHA or EPA?

    Feb 15, 2018
    Since the 2016 passage of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, controversy has developed over the requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act for the Environmental Protection Agency to make risk assessments and determine protection measures for workers. In December 2017, EPA held a public meeting to discuss the framework it proposes to use for assessing new chemicals.
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    ASSE Statement on OSHA’s Updated Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs

    Oct 19, 2017
    "The best-performing companies employ occupational safety and health professionals to implement and manage safety and health programs throughout the U.S. and across the globe. These Recommended Practices can encourage more employers to embrace what ASSE members already know: applying the risk management principles inherent in safety and health management programs succeed in helping make workplaces safe and productive in companies of all sizes.
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    Trump Administration Freezes Regulations Pending Review

    Oct 18, 2017
    In an e-mail on Jan. 25, 2017, Bruce Lundegren, assistant chief counsel from the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, advised small business representatives about the Trump administration's "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” memorandum, which was issued to heads of executive departments and agencies on Jan. 20. The memorandum "is designed to ensure that the President's appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or pending regulations."
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    ASSE stands behind U.S. Chemical Safety Board

    Oct 17, 2017
    The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) – representing more than 37,000 occupational safety and health professionals across the globe – supports the mission of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and is deeply troubled that the CSB is targeted for elimination in President Trump’s budget blueprint for 2018.
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    OSHA Inspectors to Assess "Good-Faith Efforts" in Early Days of Silica Enforcement

    Sep 22, 2017
    Although the Respirable Crystalline Silica construction standard (29 CFR 1926.1153), becomes enforceable on Sept. 23, 2017, compliance officers are, for the first 30 days of enforcement, to evaluate good-faith efforts taken by employers in their attempts to meet the new construction silica standard.
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    NIOSH Report Highlights Second Decade of the National Occupational Research Agenda

    Aug 16, 2017
    NIOSH has released National Occupational Research Agenda: Second Decade in Review | 2006-2016, a new publication that highlights ten years of OSH research and accesses its impact.
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    OSHA Launches E-Recordkeeping Data Submission Platform

    Aug 08, 2017
    On Aug. 1, 2017, OSHA went live with the data submission platform that certain employers will need to use when submitting their injury and illness (I/I) data to the agency by the revised Dec. 1, 2017, deadline. The requirements arise under OSHA’s electronic recordkeeping rule, which was promulgated in May 2016.
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    NTSB Roundtable Focuses on Strategies for Getting Commercial Vehicle Operators to Adopt Driver Assistance Technologies

    Aug 02, 2017
    National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and National Safety Council recently hosted a roundtable on advanced driver assistance systems for commercial trucks. Despite the growing availability of these technologies, many trucking organizations and independent operators have not fully embraced them for their vehicles, NTSB says.
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    NIOSH Assesses Young Worker Fatality Trends

    Jul 17, 2017
    A new NIOSH report examines young worker fatalities that occurred between 1994 and 2013. The report presents information by demographic characteristics, employer characteristics, incident circumstances and temporal patterns. During this time period, 942 occupational fatalities occurred among youth workers, 88% of whom were male.
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    NIOSH Finds Certain Job Factors Relate to Fair or Poor Health in U.S. Workers

    May 30, 2017
    Occupation, lack of paid sick leave and multiple psychosocial factors are related to workers’ own perceived low health status. “Knowing which aspects of a person’s job can lead to poor health can help public health and employee wellness professionals develop tailored workplace interventions to advance worker well-being," says lead researcher Sara Luckhaupt.​
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    Revoking the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Order

    May 11, 2017
    On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order (EO) 13782 that revoked former President Obama’s EO 13673 (the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order) that was originally signed into law on July 31, 2014. Worker safety advocates supported the rule, and see the revocation as a clear sign that Congress and the administration are focused on business interests and not worker safety.
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    MSHA Workplace Exam Rule Delayed, Challenged in Court

    Apr 09, 2017
    On March 27, 2017, MSHA proposed to delay the effective date of its Workplace Examination final rule for surface and underground metal/nonmetal (MNM) mines from May 23 until July 24, 2017. The delay is connected to the Trump Administration's order on reviewing pending regulations as well as litigation initiated by several industry groups.

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