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FAA Issues Supplemental Rulemaking on Safety Management Systems

Posted in FAA, OSHA Compliance

By Brent I. Clark and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The FAA has gotten closer to a conceptual model for the safety management system requirements and standards that will be required for certified airports.

At the World Safety Organization International Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health Symposium this week we attended a session on the Federal Aviation Administration’s recent … Continue Reading

OSHA Sued Over Employee Inspection Walk-Around Rights Interpretation

Posted in Investigations/Inspections, OSHA Compliance

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: Industry has sued to block OSHA’s efforts to give unions increased access to non-union worksites.

We had blogged previously about OSHA’s new standard interpretation guidance letter that would allow workers without a collective bargaining agreement to designate a union representative to act on their behalf as their “walk-around representative” … Continue Reading

OSHA Responds to Manufacturers’ Lawsuit on New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

Posted in OSHA Compliance, OSHA Litigation

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA asserts that its new injury illness reporting rule is fully within OSHA’s mandate.

This is in follow-up to our earlier blog on OSHA’s new rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (Rule), 81 Fed. Reg. 29624 (May 12, 2016). The new rule concerned drug-testing, retaliation claims, and … Continue Reading

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Provides Recommendations to Upgrade Employers’ Emergency Planning and Response Programs

Posted in Catastrophe Response, Chemical Safety, OSHA Compliance

By James L. Curtis, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: U.S. Chemical Safety Board offers recommendations and best practices for chemical facilities regarding emergency planning and response programs.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (the “Board”) is an independent federal agency charged with investigating significant chemical accidents. According to the Board, inadequate or poor emergency … Continue Reading

NIOSH Offers Free Training Program to Help Employers Address Safety Risks Faced by Home Healthcare Workers

Posted in OSHA Compliance, Workplace Violence

By Adam R. Young, Kylie Byron, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: NIOSH releases a comprehensive training curriculum that home healthcare employers can use to minimize safety risks and prevent OSHA citations.

We had blogged previously about OSHA’s “Strategies and Tools” to “Help Prevent” Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Setting. Now the National Institute for Occupational … Continue Reading

Pokémon NO: New App Creates Risks For Employers

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Parnian Vafaeenia and Karla Grossenbacher

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pokémon GO’s popularity is at a fever pitch. However, the game poses several risks for employers including software security, privacy and workplace safety concerns.

Your employees may be on a quest to catch ‘em all. Over 15 million people have downloaded the Pokémon GO game since its release two weeks ago.  … Continue Reading

Wave of Shootings Puts Workplace Violence Back in the Spotlight

Posted in OSHA Compliance, Workplace Violence

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: DHS’s recommendations for active shooter prevention and preparedness is only one piece of an effective workplace violence prevention program. Employers should assess their workplaces and develop comprehensive workplace violence prevention programs and training.

With the wave of violence that has gripped the nation this summer, many clients are again asking … Continue Reading

OSHA Delays Enforcement Date for New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

Posted in OSHA Compliance, OSHA Litigation

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

Seyfarth Synopsis: After a lawsuit was filed against OSHA challenging its May 2016 retaliation and recordkeeping rule, OSHA announced a three month delay in the rule’s effective date.

OSHA announced yesterday that it has delayed the effective date for enforcement of its new rule to Improve … Continue Reading

Business Organizations Sue OSHA Over Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

Posted in OSHA Compliance, OSHA Litigation

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

Seyfarth Synopsis: A lawsuit has been filed against OSHA challenging its May 2016 retaliation and recordkeeping rule.

We had blogged recently about the OSHA’s new rule on drug-testing, retaliation claims, and accident reporting. Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (Rule), 81 Fed. Reg. 29624 (May … Continue Reading

OSHA To Post Employer Injury Data Online, Will Require Employers to Submit Logs Electronically

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Mark A. Lies, II and Adam R. Young

Seyfarth Synopsis: New OSHA final rule requires employer to submit data electronically, to be posted on the OSHA website.

On May 12, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published the final rules requiring employers to submit injury and illness data electronically.  81 Fed. Reg. 29624.

OSHA will release … Continue Reading