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Tag Archives: OSHA

Fundamental Hazard Communications to Control Risk

Posted in Environmental Quality, Health and Safety
To assure environmental health and safety, businesses must let their employees know the potential chemical hazards in the workplace. Businesses with such hazards were required to implement OSHA’s revised Hazard Communications Standard (“HCS”) in 2016. Safety Data Sheets (“SDS”) are a key component of HCS, and SDS issues are one of the most frequently cited… Continue Reading

Steps to Keep OSHA from Raising the Retaliation Issue

Posted in Health and Safety
OSHA’s new anti-retaliation provisions go into effect on August 10, 2016.  The provisions require employers to:  1) inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without being subjected to retaliation; and 2) establish procedures for reporting work-related illnesses and injuries that are reasonable and do not discourage reporting. Employees may already file anti-retaliation… Continue Reading

When is a reward a bribe? OSHA policy limits workplace safety incentive programs

Posted in California, Federal, Health and Safety, Northwest
Years ago, my employer gave employees a coaster every quarter that the group had no OSHA reportable incidents. Now it would have been in violation to have such a program. Despite criticism from workers compensation carriers who recognize the benefits of incentive programs, OSHA has reiterated its policy and it continues to enforce against companies… Continue Reading

OSHA Rules for Injury Reporting Change

Posted in California, Federal, Northwest, Rulemakings
Starting January 1, 2015, OSHA rules will require companies nation-wide to report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and eye losses within 24 hours.  Oregon is one of 6 states that already require employers to report single in-patient hospitalizations.  Previously, employers in most other states were only required to report in-patient hospitalizations if three or more… Continue Reading

OSHA Takes the “M” Out of MSDS and Changes Chemical Labeling Requirements

Posted in Federal, Health and Safety
In 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) revised the Hazard Communication System (“HCS”) and other regulations to conform them to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (“GHS”). Fed. Reg. Vol. 77, No. 58, p. 17573 et seq. (5/15/12). By Dec. 1, 2013, employers must have trained their… Continue Reading

Free Advice on OSHA Compliance!

Posted in Federal, Health and Safety
Oregon published a schedule of training dates on its website which are a convenient way to catch up on programs that your business needs.  The folks from the agency are great to deal with in this setting and you may learn of areas where you actually do need to check with an attorney.  Additionally, the… Continue Reading

OSHA Inspection Plan for 2012

Posted in Federal, Health and Safety
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has an inspection plan for 2012. OSHA’s new target list of companies now includes companies employing 20 to 40 persons as well as larger companies. In addition, OSHA targets high-risk hazards and industries. For 2012, its targets include operations involving: Lead Crystalline silica Petroleum refineries… Continue Reading