In one of the Trump administration’s first official acts, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memorandum on January 20, 2017 implementing an immediate freeze on all pending regulations until they have been reviewed and further action has been approved.
On December 29, 2016, a three-judge panel from the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously vacated two OSHA citation items issued to a Delek Refining Ltd. (“Delek”) facility for alleged safety violations that occurred years prior to its ownership of the refinery.
In a major blow to OSHA’s ongoing efforts to modify existing safety and health standards through informal agency guidance, a unanimous panel of federal judges recently invalidated a July 2015 OSHA memorandum that had significantly narrowed the PSM standard’s retail facility exemption.
When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues a “Citation and Notification of Penalty,” employers should always begin evaluating the potential financial impact the OSHA citation could have on the company.
In its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016, the Obama Administration has asked Congress to increase civil penalties for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. As the proposal notes, OSH Act civil penalties have been increased only once since the law was passed 44 years ago.
In addition to reporting all employee fatalities within eight hours, employers will now also have to report work-related in-patient hospitalizations of one or more employees, amputations, and physical eye loss within 24 hours of the incident.
According to an OSHA Letter of Interpretation (the “Sallman Letter”), employees at a workplace without a collective bargaining agreement may designate a person affiliated with a union to act as their “personal representative” for OSH Act purposes.
On September 11, 2014, OSHA announced new requirements for the severe injury reporting rule. Employers will now be required to notify OSHA of all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and eye loss within 24 hours of their occurrence.
On June 26, 2014, Arent Fox OSHA Group leader, Mark Dreux, and AcuTech Group, Inc. Technical Manager, Michael Hazzan, presented a webinar on the recommended changes to the PSM Standard and RMP Rule from the Executive Order 13650 Working Group.
Join Arent Fox OSHA practice leader, Mark S. Dreux, along with AcuTech Group, Inc. Technical Manager, Michael Hazzan, as they lead a webinar discussing the May 2014 progress report issued to the President by the working group of six federal agencies.
In a press release today, OSHA announced that the comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica will be extended 15 days from the original deadline of January 27, 2014 to February 11, 2014.
Recently, OSHA launched a high-profile effort to address its permissible exposure levels (PELs) for chemicals in the workplace. OSHA last attempted to update its PELs – which are over four decades old – via a rulemaking in 1989.
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