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Enforcement Guidance for the Hazard Communication Standard Compliance Date

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Brent I. Clark, Ilana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

We had previously blogged that June 1, 2015 is the deadline for compliance with the all new hazardous communication (HazCom) standard (29 CFR section 1910.1200) (HCS 2012) requirements, with exceptions for chemical distributors, and for employers to update workplace labeling and hazard communication programs. 77 Continue Reading

Winter Storms: Helping Employers Anticipate Wage & Hour and Workplace Safety Concerns

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Alexander J. Passantino, Richard L. Alfred, Loren Gesinsky, Meagan Noel Newman, and James L. Curtis

In anticipation of a long, stormy winer, Seyfarth Shaw has prepared a Client Alert to help employers navigate wage & hour issues arising from potential closures, as well as workplace safety issues related to severe winter weather.

In the wake … Continue Reading

OSHA Interpretation On New Reporting Rule For Amputations And Sight Loss

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By James L. Curtis, Ilana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

As most employers are aware, OSHA implemented new injury reporting requirements under 29 CFR Section 1904.39 effective at the beginning on this year.

One requirement is that employers must now report to OSHA within 24 hours all work-related amputations and losses of an eye. However the question … Continue Reading

OSHA-Related Documents: Creation And Retention

Posted in Investigations/Inspections, OSHA Compliance

By Mark A. Lies II and Ilana R. Morady

As most employers are aware, OSHA inspections typically involve a request for the employer to produce certain documents. In many cases, employers are unsure of what documents the compliance officer is entitled to see and copy. Employers can also be unsure of how long to retain certain documents required under OSHA. … Continue Reading

International Employers Watch Out: China Will Assign Hefty Fines for Worker Safety Violations

Posted in China, International, OSHA Compliance

By Wan Li, Brent I. Clark, and Craig B. Simonsen According to Cai Renjun, an official from the People’s Republic of China, Legislative Affairs Commission, of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, “about 70,000 people died in work safety cases last year, [with] about 60,000 of them in road accidents.” Policy Watch, China Daily (August 26, 2014).… Continue Reading

New OSHA Hazard Safety Bulletin for the Hydraulic Fracturing Industries

Posted in Alternative Energy, Chemical Safety, OSHA Compliance

By Brent I. Clark and Craig B. Simonsen

OSHA has just released a new Safety Bulletin on “Hydraulic Fracturing and Flowback Hazards Other than Respirable Silica” (OSHA 3763-12 2014).

Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping large volumes of fluid blended with proppant and chemicals at pressures necessary to fracture a “hydrocarboncontaining formation.” According to OSHA, each year, an estimated 35,000 … Continue Reading

Safety Advisory on Handling and Transporting Materials Suspected of Being Contaminated with Ebola

Posted in Emergency Planning, International, OSHA Compliance

By Kerry M. Mohan and Craig B. Simonsen

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a Safety Advisory, 79 Fed. Reg. 64646 (October 30, 2014), to provide guidance on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), 49 CFR, parts 171–180, for persons who prepare, offer, and transport materials contaminated or suspected of being … Continue Reading

Extra-Ordinary Equipment Use Leads to Fall and OSHA Citation

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Kerry M. Mohan and Craig B. Simonsen

A circus “Hair Hang Act” performance took a dreadful turn when the apparatus the performers were hanging from suddenly fell to the ground.

The “human chandelier” act accident, the Agency alleges, occurred because the carabiner, a metal ring used as a connector, supporting the performers was improperly loaded. OSHA indicated that … Continue Reading

OSHA Local Emphasis Program for Funeral Homes, Chemical and Product Manufacturing Plants, Printing Facilities, and Outpatient Care Centers

Posted in Chemical Safety, OSHA Compliance

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

In an illustration of how widely OSHA will be looking at industries that use highly hazardous chemicals, OSHA’s Omaha Area Director recently announced that a Local Emphasis Program will include health inspections at funeral homes, chemical and product manufacturing plants, printing facilities, and outpatient care centers. See, for instance, Appendix A.

Appendix … Continue Reading

Webinar on OSHA Recordkeeping: Civil and Criminal Liabilities in 2015

Posted in Investigations/Inspections, OSHA Compliance

Starting January 1, 2015, OSHA’s recordkeeping rules will undergo a change to two key provisions.

One, a number of industries that were previously not required to keep OSHA injury and illness records will now have to maintain a log to comply with OSHA standards, and two, the list of severe work-related injuries and hospitalizations that must be reported to OSHA … Continue Reading