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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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    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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    President Trump Axes Volks Recordkeeping Rule

    Apr 05, 2017
    President Trump signed H.J. Res 83 into law, blocking the so-called Volks rule that would have allowed OSHA to cite employers for failures to record or for misrecording workplace injuries or illnesses that occurred up to 5 years prior to when the citation is written among other provisions.
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    NIOSH Network Occupational Safety and Health Network Now Tracks Sharps Injuries & Blood/Body Fluid Exposures

    Mar 28, 2017
    NIOSH's has added two modules to the Occupational Health Safety Network (OHSN) that allow for the tracking of sharps incidents and blood and body fluid exposures among healthcare workers. Healthcare facilities use OHSN voluntarily to share injury data, track injury trends and devise effective interventions.​
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    Senate Votes Down Worker Safety Rule for Federal Contractors

    Mar 07, 2017
    The U.S. Senate voted to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order that would have required contractors to disclose and correct serious safety violations in order to compete for federal contracts. A similar measure already passed in the House, and it is expected that President Trump will finalize the move.
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    OSHA Final Rule to Lower Beryllium Levels

    Jan 26, 2017
    OSHA has issued a final rule that lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a metal material that can cause lung disease. The agency reports that beryllium can become highly toxic when it is processed in a way that releases airborne dust, fumes or mist into air that can then be inhaled by workers.
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    NIOSH Releases Hazard Recognition Simulator for Aerial Lift Operators

    Jun 20, 2016
    NIOSH has developed an aerial lift hazard recognition simulator to help potential aerial lift operators acclimate to aerial lift operation and to identify the common occupational hazards that can be present during use, such as depressions, crushing hazards, tip over hazards and others.

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