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OSHA Holding National Advisory Committee Workgroup Meeting on Temporary Worker Issues

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Brent I. Clark and Craig B. Simonsen

The OSHA National Advisory Committee Workgroup will meet to continue its discussion of issues relating to the protection of temporary workers.

The Workgroup will be discussing issues that include perceived gaps in workplace protection for temporary workers, differences between temporary workers and contract workers, and joint responsibility of host employers and staffing … Continue Reading

Avoid the Summer Heat! Sweat the Details of California’s “Cool-Down” Periods and Avoid the Burn of Wage and Hour Class Litigation

Posted in California, Class Action, OSHA Compliance, OSHA Litigation

By Geoffrey C. Westbrook and Joshua M. Henderson

Just when one might have thought California employment law couldn’t get any stickier for employers, in January 2014 the California Legislature turned up the heat by expanding meal and rest break penalty provisions. Now there’s a new penalty for failure to provide “cool-down,” or recovery, periods to prevent heat illness.

Before, heat … Continue Reading

OSHA Delays Compliance Date — Interim Enforcement Policy for New Rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

We had previously blogged on OSHA’s adoption of its new 428 page updated “Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution” rules. 79 Fed. Reg. 20316 (April 11, 2014). It has now issued an “Interim Enforcement Policy” for the new rules.

According to Dr. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational … Continue Reading

OSHA Administrator Blogs on Retail Industry’s Need for Workplace Violence Training and Protections

Posted in OSHA Compliance, Workplace Violence

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

The teenage summer job working at the local store is a rite of passage in most communities. Almost everyone has held a summer job at some point in their life.  However, given the disturbing rise in workplace violence, teenagers can be swept up in hostile situations and end up facing down angry, … Continue Reading

EPA, OSHA, and DHS are Collaborating on Chemical Facility Safety and Security

Posted in Catastrophe Response, Chemical Safety, Emergency Planning, Environmental Compliance, OSHA Compliance

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security spoke today at the Air and Waste Management Association’s Annual Conference, on their  collaboration on chemical facility safety and security.

The conference session speakers included Mathy Stanislaus, EPA’s Office of Solid Waste … Continue Reading

Federal Report on “Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment”

Posted in Chemical Safety, Emergency Planning, OSHA Compliance

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Department of Homeland Security recently published their first joint Report for the President, “Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment.” June 6, 2014.

The Report was issued after recent catastrophic chemical facility incidents … Continue Reading

“Water. Rest. Shade.” OSHA Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

OSHA recently announced its Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers to remind employers and employees of the hazards of heat illness.

As OSHA states “thousands of employees become sick each year and many die from working in the heat. In 2012, there were 31 heat-related worker deaths and 4,120 heat-related … Continue Reading

Ouch‼: OSHA’s First Aid Requirements Can Sting

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Mark A. Lies II, Kerry M. Mohan, and Ilana R. Morady

Unfortunately, accidents happen at work. No matter how thorough an employer’s training program may be and how much personal protective equipment an employer requires, employees still get injured.

Because injuries happen at work, OSHA requires employers to make first aid and medical services available to their … Continue Reading

NIOSH Investigating Worker Deaths From Acute Chemical Exposures During Fracking Activities

Posted in Alternative Energy, Chemical Safety, Environmental Compliance, OSHA Compliance

By Kerry M. Mohan and Craig B. Simonsen

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health blogged yesterday about reports of worker fatalities during oil and gas extraction flowback operations. Flowback refers to process fluids from the wellbore that return to the surface and are collected after hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is completed.

According to information collected by NIOSH, at least … Continue Reading