American Chemistry Council Creates Guidance for Working
with Isocyanates in the Automobile Industry.
High performance polyurethane coatings used in
automotive refinishing applications can present health
hazards from skin contact or breathing in vapors, if
appropriate PPE is not used during the painting process.
Through its alliance with OSHA, the American Chemistry
Council developed an infographic that provides personal
protective equipment (PPE) recommendations for the
automotive refinish market. The infographic provides
general information on the importance of PPE during the
BLS Releases Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its National
Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016, which
reports a 7 percent increase from 2015. More workers
lost their lives in transportation incidents than any
other event in 2016. Workplace violence injuries
increased by 23 percent, making it the second most
common cause of workplace fatality.
Penalty Amounts for 2018. On Jan. 2, civil penalty
amounts for violations of workplace safety and health
standards increased by two percent from last year. New
penalties for willful and repeat violations are $129,336
per violation; serious, other-than-serious, and posting
requirements are $12,934 per violation; and failure to
correct violations is $12,934 for each day the condition
Top 10 OSHA Violations Announced at National Safety
Congress. OSHA Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs
Patrick Kapust has announced the list of 10 standards
most frequently cited by the agency’s inspectors during
Fiscal Year 2017. OSHA publicizes the Top
10 list to increase awareness of these standards so
employers can take steps to find and fix the hazards to
prevent injury or illness. Fall
protection was the most-cited standard for the
seventh year in a row, followed by Hazard
Communication, and Scaffolding.
OSHA reminds workers, employers that fall protection can
prevent tragedy when removing snow on rooftops, elevated
US Department of Labor issues final rule to lower
beryllium levels, increase workplace protections to
reduce health risks.
OSHA issues final rule updating walking-working surfaces
standards specific to slips, trips and falls.
OSHA focuses on reducing amputations suffered by
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas workers; Targeted
enforcement to protect workers in manufacturing
OSHA kicks off 'Hear and Now - Noise Safety Challenge'.
US Department of Labor announces new rules to adjust
civil penalty amounts; maximum penalty amounts increase
OSHA announces Safety Stand-Down at worksites throughout
Southeast to emphasize response to, prevention of
heat-related illnesses, injuries; Thousands of workers
overcome by heat illness annually, OSHA reports.
Click here to view OSHA's Campaign to Prevent Heat
Illness in Outdoor Workers.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and
Health Administration has issued a final
rule to modernize injury data collection to better
inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about
workplace hazards. Under the new rule, which takes
effect Jan. 1, 2017, certain employers will be required
to electronically submit injury and illness data for
posting on the agency's website. This rule also provides
new anti-retaliation protections for employees effective
August 1, 2016.
NIOSH releases study
on work-related hearing loss. Occupational hearing
loss, primarily caused by high noise exposure, is the
most common U.S. work-related illness. NIOSH estimates
that 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous
occupational noise. See
webpage for more information.
An OSHA and NIOSH interim
guidance* provides recommendations on protecting
workers who may be at risk for Zika virus infection
through on-the-job exposure to mosquitoes or the blood
or other body fluids of infected individuals. Visit
webpage for more information.
updates eye and face protection
standards in final rule.
US Labor Department announces final rule to improve U.S.
workers' protection from the dangers of 'respirable'
silica dust; Updated rule amends silica exposure
regulations for first time since 1971.
Over 10K severe worker injuries reported in first year
of OSHA requirement; Most employers cooperated with OSHA
to fix hazards, but some tried to hide them.
OSHA's regional emphasis focuses on reducing illness,
injury at high-hazard manufacturing facilities in
Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri; Education and enforcement
action to protect workers from industry's dangers.
OSHA issues alert on hazards of working with scissor
lifts OSHA has posted a new Hazard
Alert on Working Safely with Scissor Lifts*,
which was developed after a student was killed while
filming from a scissor lift in 2010. The alert describes
and encourages the safe use of scissor lifts through
three proactive focus areas—fall protection, stability,
US Labor Department urges storm recovery workers
and public to be vigilant and aware of hazards during
Administrative court sets precedent, allowing request
for enterprise-wide hazard abatement by employer to
proceed to trial.
created a streamlined online injury/illness reporting
OSHA to hold November 12 public meetings on
the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and
Labelling of Chemicals.
Click here for information on how to register and
participate in the meetings.
Statement from Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David
Michaels on BLS report on occupational injuries and
illnesses in 2014.
OSHA and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries sign alliance to
address machinery, chemical, other hazards in scrap recycling industry.
Testimony of Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels
before the House Committee on Education and the
Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.
Clarification of Employer's Continuing Obligation To Make and
Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness;
Extension of Comment Period.
OSHA extends comment period for proposed rule clarifying employers'
continuing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of injuries,
Statement from Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on fatal
occupational injuries in 2014.
New Publication: Fire Safety is everyones' job at a worksite.
OSHA says worker safety pays, amputations cost.
Hannaford Supermarkets acts to prevent musculoskeletal
injuries for warehouse employees in Maine and New York.
OSHA updates National Emphasis Program on amputations.
OSHA issues proposed rulemaking clarifying the ongoing
obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related
injuries and illnesses.
OSHA provides guidance to OSHA compliance officers for
enforcing the revised Hazard Communication standard.
OSHA reminds employers to protect workers from heat illness;
Agency’s Heat Safety Tool app available for free.
OSHA unveils new mandatory "It's The Law" poster.
OSHA and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication renew alliance
to reduce, prevent worker exposure to chemical hazards.
OSHA publishes Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking updating a National Consensus Standard in its
Eye and Face Protection Standards.
Weather Web page provides guidance on how to recognize snow
storm-related hazards and the necessary steps that employers must take
to keep workers safe while working in these conditions.
New outreach materials focus on Temporary Workers:
Worker pocket-sized pamphlet reminds individuals working through a
staffing agency that they have the same rights as any other worker. The
pamphlet is part of OSHA's Temporary Worker Initiative, which focuses on
compliance with safety and health requirements when temporary workers
are employed under the joint employment of a staffing agency and a host
Statement from Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels on 2013
Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Bureau of Labor Statistics
reports steady decline in workplace injuries and illnesses.
OSHA publishes new fact sheets on tube and coupler scaffold safety: "Planning
and Design" and "Erection
New OSHA program will focus on Nebraska companies using formaldehyde,
methylene chloride, and other highly hazardous chemicals. The program
will include programmed health inspections at funeral homes, chemical
and product manufacturing plants, printing facilities and outpatient
Notice of public meeting
to discuss proposals in preparation for the 28th Session of the UN
Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of
Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.
Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs); A Proposed
Rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on 10/10/2014.
OSHA launches national dialogue on hazardous chemical exposures and
permissible exposure limits in the workplace.
Struck-by vehicle incidents cause 15 percent of workplace fatalities in
Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska; OSHA continues outreach campaign to
educate employers, workers in region.
OSHA announces new requirements for reporting severe injuries and
updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements.
OSHA, NIOSH announce recommended practices to protect temporary workers'
safety and health.
CDC report on OSHA's review of heat-related enforcement cases highlights
need for acclimatization to prevent worker deaths.
With summer heat on the rise across the nation, workers and employers
are turning to
OSHA's Heat Safety Tool for help staying safe in the heat.
OSHA invites interested parties to participate in an informal
stakeholder meeting on emergency response and preparedness. OSHA plans
to use the information obtained at the stakeholder meeting as it
considers the development of a proposed standard for emergency response
Annual summer campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses launched by US
Labor Department; "Water. Rest. Shade." and acclimatization are critical
in preventing heat illness and fatalities
OSHA to hold meeting of National Advisory Committee on Occupational
Safety and Health temporary worker workgroup
Record Requirements in the Mechanical Power Presses Standard
OSHA releases new educational bulletin on injury recording requirements
to help protect temporary workers
OSHA issues 2014 inspection plan to reduce injuries and illnesses at
OSHA announces comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of
workplace injuries and illnesses to close on March 10
OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to proposed silica rule to
OSHA to hold meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational
Safety and Health
Statement by Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on the catastrophe at
International Nutrition in Omaha, Neb.
OSHA, local union, association to sign agreements, Jan. 17, to protect
sheet metal and air conditioning workers in Missouri and Kansas
OSHA will hold live Web chat on its proposed silica rule
OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of
workplace injuries and illnesses
Sign up by Dec. 12 to participate in public
hearings on OSHA's silica rulemaking.
Information on the proposed rule, including a
fact sheet on how the public can participate,
is available at
Members of the public
may comment on the proposal by visiting
OSHA schedules public meeting on proposed rule to
improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses
OSHA announces new local emphasis program for
programmed inspections of industries that use hazardous chemicals
OSHA extends comment period on proposed silica
rule to provide additional time for public input
OSHA releases new resources to better protect workers from hazardous
OSHA issues a new proposed rule to protect workers exposed to respirable
US Department of Labor's OSHA continues outreach campaign to protect
workers from 'struck-by' vehicle incidents on job sites
New study finds link between occupational safety and health and improved
High noise levels in New England manufacturing
industries target of OSHA's new regional emphasis program. Affected
industries include metals, stone, wood, meat, dairies, bakeries
OSHA HEAT Conference (Audio)
New OSHA program targets fatalities, injuries associated with automotive
OSHA announces new National Emphasis Program for
occupational exposure to isocyanates
OSHA and Canadian health department sign
Memorandum of Understanding to align hazardous communication standards
Injury and Illness Prevention Programs fact sheet can help employers find
and fix workplace hazards.
OSHA Fact Sheet
(PDF*) describes some common program elements of Injury and Illness
Prevention Programs and how to implement them
US Labor Department announces June 4
safety stand-down at work sites throughout Southeast to focus on
heat-related illnesses and injuries
Hazard Communication: Workers must be trained by
December 1, 2013.
By this date, employers must train
workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet format.
sheet (PDF*) discusses the training topics that employers must cover
for the initial Dec. 1, 2013 deadline. (Note that TechneTrain has just
released a product to aid you in this training.
for more details.)
OSHA settlement affirms company responsibility to train temporary workers
New and revised online resources available to protect workers
from combustible dust
Learn about preventing
infection with OSHA's West Nile Virus
Fact Sheet (PDF*) and
QuickCard (PDF*) and visit the CDC's
Fight the Bite! website for additional resources and frequent
During heat wave, OSHA calls for
"Water. Rest. Shade."
Direct Final Rule and Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking to update National Consensus Standards for Head
US Labor Department kicks off summer
campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses and fatalities among outdoor
workers. Educational materials and mobile application available
OSHA Issues Alert on CSE Corporation's SR-100 Self-Contained
Self-Rescuer. Defective respirators can result in
US Department of Labor's OSHA launches outreach campaign to protect
employees from workplace 'struck by' vehicle accidents
US Department of Labor's OSHA issues
new Hazard Communication Standard; Final Rule
SPECIAL ISSUE: OSHA Aligns Hazard Communication Standard with
the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and
Labeling of Chemicals
US Department of Labor's OSHA
revises Hazard Communication Standard. Regulation protects
workers from dangerous chemicals, helps American businesses compete
Descriptions of OSHA's
National and Special Emphasis Programs and
Local and Regional Emphasis Programs are now available on OSHA's Web
Revised Acetylene Standard to take effect March
New fact sheet provides information on preventing eye injuries during
welding and cutting operations
New short videos from OSHA provide training to help inform workers on
the proper use of respirators