OSHA, as well as attorneys in anti-discrimination lawsuits are looking to see if employers are both documenting and practicing their disciplinary policies. Watch this week's video to see our recommendations on how to protect yourself from OSHA violations and even potential lawsuits.
We continue to receive multiple questions from clients and colleagues regarding what "Trump's OSHA" will look like. I have several thoughts on this based on our "boots on the ground" experience with OSHA and the ways in which we've seen their laws change in THEIR favor over the last handful of years. This is a must watch as we find many pro-OSHA laws that are sure to keep them very passively-active over the next several years. Check it out!
Before you drastically change your operations, you may want to take a look at some of these basic elements on complying with the new silica standards set forth by OSHA.
Incentive programs are back on OSHA's radar and I can't say I blame them in certain occasions. Of course, not all are this way, but I am confident some devalue the exact thing safety programs are in existence to protect...human life. Let's not offer something cheap to replace the privilege it is to have such a program at your job site or facility.
OSHA Focuses Inspection Efforts on Ergonomics & Process Safety Management in High Hazard & Health Workplace Industries (*See Lists Below)
OSHA is adding yet another Regional Emphasis Program (REP) to their list of already active inspection programs. The most recent REP has an effective date of January 25, 2016 and will last through (at a minimum, September 30, 2016). Though this will likely be renewed for a longer time frame. Below are the two main areas of emphasis you need to be educated on regarding this new emphasis program
Now that 2015 is drawing to a close, I wanted to share our experiences on how the new 2015 reporting procedures were handled by OSHA. As you know, the new reporting standards that went into affect as of January were as follows.
The Employer must directly contact OSHA should any of the following take place: