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Workplace Violence Prevention: DHS Promotes “Active Shooter Preparedness” Programs – Is Your Company Ready?

Posted in Investigations/Inspections, OSHA Compliance, Workplace Violence

By Adam R. Young and Craig B. Simonsen

Violence, often involving firearms, is an increasingly common occurrence in the 21st century workplace.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation notes that even though homicide is “the most publicized form of violence in the workplace, it is not the most common.”

The FBI defines workplace violence as “any physical assault, threatening behavior or … Continue Reading

Are You in Compliance with OSHA’s New Confined Space Standard for the Construction Industry?

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Ilana R. Morady, James L. Curtis, and Meagan Newman

Most employers in the construction industry already know that OSHA issued a new confined space standard for construction that became effective on August 3, 2015.

Companies with employees who enter confined spaces at construction sites must be sure to understand the new regulation and adjust their processes in … Continue Reading

OSHA Issues New Whistleblower Investigations Manual

Posted in OSHA Compliance, Whistleblower

By Meagan Newman

Following through on its April 2015 “clarification” of the investigative standard in whistleblower matters, OSHA issued a new whistleblower investigations manual overnight restating the mission of its investigators.

The former manual instructed investigators to dismiss a case if complainant could not establish the prima facie elements of the relevant whistleblower statute.  The former manual went on to … Continue Reading

What To Expect From OSHA In 2016 And Beyond …

Posted in Chemical Safety, Criminal Litigation, Investigations/Inspections, OSHA Compliance

By Mark A. Lies, II, Patrick D. Joyce, and Adam R. Young

INTRODUCTION

The New Year is here and with that comes yet another year of enhanced OSHA enforcement and new OSHA regulations. Further, due to the upcoming end of President Obama’s time in office , questions exist as to whether OSHA will continue with its aggressive agenda … Continue Reading

OSHA and FAA Sign Agreement on Protecting Airline Workers from Retaliation

Posted in FAA, OSHA Compliance, Whistleblower

By Meagan Newman and Craig B. Simonsen

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently completed a Memorandum of Understanding (December 1, 2015), which will permit the sharing of information under the anti-retaliation provision of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21), 49 U.S.C. § 42121.

AIR21 … Continue Reading

Careful: New Inspection Guidance for Poultry Processing Facilities

Posted in Food Regulation, OSHA Compliance

By Brent I. Clark, James L. Curtis, and Craig B. Simonsen

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recently issued its “Inspection Guidance for Poultry Slaughtering and Poultry Processing Establishments” (October 28, 2015).

OSHA explains in the Guidance that workers employed in the poultry industry may face many hazards, including high noise levels, dangerous equipment, musculoskeletal disorders, … Continue Reading

OSHA Issues “Strategies and Tools” to “Help Prevent” Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Setting

Posted in OSHA Compliance, Workplace Violence

By Brent I. Clark and Craig B. Simonsen

OSHA announced on December 1, 2015, that it had issued a number of “strategies and tools” for preventing workplace violence in the healthcare setting.

The strategies and tools were contained in a new webpage, “Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare.” The Agency indicates that the new webpage is part of OSHA’s … Continue Reading

Chicago Building Owners – Don’t Forget Your Annual Elevator Inspection Certification

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Patrick D. Joyce

It’s the end of 2015 and most building owners are looking forward to a new year and the possibilities it may hold. But wait. Don’t forget to complete the City of Chicago Annual Elevator Inspection Certification (AIC).

The AIC program requires building owners or managers to complete an Inspection Certification by a certified inspection company by … Continue Reading

President Declares “National Impaired Driving Prevention Month”

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Brent I. ClarkErin Dougherty Foley, and Craig B. Simonsen

By Proclamation, President Obama has declared December 2015, to be “National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.” 80 Fed. Reg. 75781 (December 3, 2015).

The President declares that “no person should suffer the tragedy of losing someone as a result of drunk, drugged, or distracted driving….” He notes that … Continue Reading

OSHA Recommended Practices for Employers for Preventing and Addressing Retaliation

Posted in OSHA Compliance, Whistleblower

By Meagan Newman and Craig B. Simonsen

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a draft document intended to “help employers” to develop a program to protect employees from retaliation when issues or concerns about workplace conditions or activities that could harm workers or members of the public are raised.

The draft, Protecting Whistleblowers: Recommended Practices for Employers for … Continue Reading