By Adam R. YoungMark A. Lies, II, A. Scott Hecker, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA is initiating a rulemaking to develop a heat illness standard.

For decades, federal OSHA has enforced occupational heat illness hazards through the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s General Duty Clause. OSHA has recently updated its
Continue Reading OSHA Begins the Process to Issue Heat Illness Standard for Indoor and Outdoor Workplaces

By Brent I. Clark and Ilana R. Morady

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A hot topic today is developments in the law of California OSHA (Cal-OSHA). Panel members are discussing the new and controversial rule on expedited proceedings under 8 CCR 373. Under the expedited proceedings rule, cases are put on a fast track when abatement has been appealed or abatement has not
Continue Reading Update from the ABA OSHA Conference — Cal-OSHA Developments

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

By Brent I. Clark, Meagan Newman, and Ilana R. Morady

This week we are attending the ABA Occupational Safety and Health Law Meeting in Tucson, Arizona.  The Agency, the Review Commission, and the Solicitor’s Office all have numerous representatives here.  This morning, Tom Galassi, OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP) spoke about key issues in enforcement.  Some of the
Continue Reading Straight from OSHA’s Mouth: Live from the ABA Occupational Safety and Health Law Meeting