The latest trend in safety for construction workers may have been established by a New York City (NYC) law signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in October 2017. Local Law 196 established new training requirements for employees at certain construction jobsites. The requirement—a minimum number of hours of training on specific safety subjects for workers […]
Question: Does OSHA require that we train aerial lift operators on a specific frequency?
You may have wondered why OSHA and OSHA-authorized states refer to occurrences in which workers are injured or killed as incidents, not accidents. The main reason is that, by the dictionary definition, an accident is an “unexpected or unforeseen” incident that usually results in injury or damage. To take an extreme example, an airplane that […]
In a recent press release, OSHA urges emergency crews in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence to be aware of hazards from flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees, and storm debris. The release also provides helpful reminders and resources for affected employers and their workers.
OSHA has many worker protection standards, and it is not uncommon to find two or more standards addressing the same hazards in different ways. In such cases, which standard must an employer comply with?
Employers have through September 28 to submit comments on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposal to amend its controversial Obama-era e-recordkeeping rule.
Three public interest groups have petitioned the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to order OSHA to lift its suspension of portions of its rule requiring employers to electronically submit to OSHA certain information about injuries and illnesses that occur in their workplaces. According to the petition before the court, OSHA suspended the […]
Does your safety program effectively protect workers when they are exposed to moving machine parts and hazardous energy? The machine guarding and lockout/tagout (LOTO) standards are consistently on the list of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards—read on for a Q&A on the basics, as well as an opportunity to join our live […]
Hurricanes present an extraordinary range of hazards for workers during and after they strike populated areas and critical infrastructures.
Nationwide, approximately 1.4 million workplaces provide at least some of their employees with respiratory protection. Studies indicate that at these workplaces, gaps exist in either their written respiratory protection program, their understanding of OSHA requirements, or the administration of the program. These gaps lead to issues in mandatory compliance or recommended practices, and the improper […]