Tag: OSHA regulations

OSHA Moving Forward on Six Economically Significant Rules

On July 27, the Department of Labor (DOL) published its regulatory flexibility agenda of rulemakings likely to have a significant economic impact on small entities, including six Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rulemakings (88 Fed. Reg. 48576). OSHA plans to issue proposed rules for two of the six by the end of the year. […]

OSHA Proceeds with Healthcare COVID-19 Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has scheduled an April 27 public hearing on establishing a permanent healthcare COVID-19 standard. The agency is seeking input on changes to its June 21, 2021, emergency temporary standard (ETS). All but the recordkeeping provisions of the ETS was withdrawn on December 27. The agency does not plan […]

Ask the Expert: OSHA Regulations for Exit Routes

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking about OSHA regulations for exit routes in an upstairs office. See what the experts had to say. Q: We have an office that is primarily an […]

Back to Basics: OSHA Training Requirements

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we outline the annual OSHA training requirements for employers to remain compliant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to comply with their training requirements in the workplace, which can include […]

Healthcare PPE

More OSHA Scrutiny on Healthcare Organizations, Expanded Whistleblower Protections

In March, OSHA issued its Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The updates extend existing OSHA protections for workplace safety whistleblowers, explicitly stating those protections apply to those who report COVID-19 related violations at the workplace by creating a National Emphasis Program (NEP). Higher Risk Industries In addition, the memo also classifies […]

Safety inspection, citations

4 Things to Consider Before Demanding Warrant from OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance officers typically arrive without advance notice, which is enough to raise alarm bells in the minds of many employers. You might know why they’re there. Or you might not have any idea. Whatever the situation, step one should be to ask yourself: Should I demand the inspector come […]

Ask the Expert: Fire Safety and Training

Today we’re getting answers from EHS Hero® experts on two questions related to fire safety and training, specifically in the use of hose stations, standpipes, and fire extinguishers. Read on to see what the experts had to say. Q: What are OSHA standards regarding hose stations and standpipes in facilities? Are employers required to train workers on […]

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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Enforcement Directive

On June 28, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an enforcement directive for its COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS), which only applies to healthcare and healthcare support services employers. The directive includes exemptions from inspection and enforcement under the ETS for a number of tasks and facilities, such as: Provision of first aid […]

Ask the Expert: Location, Location, Location

Our experts at EHS Hero® recently received a subscriber-submitted question regarding OSHA regulations and how they apply to workers operating across multiple states. If a company’s headquarters are in a state covered by a State Plan, do those same regulations apply when employees are working beyond state lines? Read on to see what our experts had to […]