By Brent I. ClarkAdam R. Young, A. Scott Hecker, Ilana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth SynopsisWe recently blogged that Silica is the New Asbestos: New OSHA Regional Emphasis Program Will Target Respirable Silica Hazards in Six States. Now the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched an enforcement initiative
Continue Reading MSHA Launches Enforcement Initiative To Protect Miners From Overexposure To Respirable Crystalline Silica

By Brent I. ClarkJames L. CurtisAdam R. Young, Patrick D. Joyce,  and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has developed a new Regional Emphasis Program (REP) to identify and reduce hazards in the cut stone and stone products industry, which OSHA alleges to have the highest documented overexposures to respirable crystalline silica in the
Continue Reading Silica is the New Asbestos: New OSHA Regional Emphasis Program Will Target Respirable Silica Hazards in Six States

By James L. CurtisAdam R. YoungPatrick D. JoyceDaniel R. Birnbaum, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The National Safety Council (NSC) released an update to its annual list of OSHA’s top-ten cited standards. The list provides a starting point for employers to review their own safety programs on an annual basis. 

Patrick
Continue Reading Another Year In The Books – OSHA’s Top Ten Safety Violations for Fiscal Year 2021

By Brent I. ClarkJames L. Curtis, Adam R. YoungPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Interim Enforcement Guidance for the 2020 Final Beryllium Standards applies to all types of beryllium inspections.

We have previously blogged about OSHA’s beryllium standards, and the Trump Administration’s delay in enforcement of these standards. See,
Continue Reading Manufacturers and Sand-Blasters Beware! OSHA Provides Guidance for Planned Enforcement of Beryllium Standards

By James L. CurtisAdam R. YoungPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The National Safety Council (NSC) released an update to its annual list of OSHA’s top ten cited standards. The list provides a starting point for employers reviewing their own safety programs. 

As in years past, the National Safety Council (NSC)
Continue Reading NSC Updates OSHA “Top Ten” Most Frequently Cited Standards for 2020

By Andrew J. Sherman, Chantelle C. Egan, Anne R. Dana, and Patrick D. Joyce

Seyfarth Synopsis: As restaurant and hospitality consumers rethink their dining experiences, increased concerns are coming from food service providers about how to ensure food safety, reassure patrons, and address issues arising when workers get sick. The good news is that the food
Continue Reading Recipe for Action for Restaurants and Food Service Chains to Address Coronavirus Concerns

By James L. CurtisBrent I. ClarkMark A. Lies, II, Adam R. Young, Daniel R. Birnbaum, and Patrick D. Joyce

Seyfarth Synopsis: The WHO has officially declared COVID-19 to be a global “pandemic,” triggering new considerations for employers.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) released a “breaking” tweet quoting Doctor
Continue Reading Breaking News: World Health Organization Declares Coronavirus to be “Pandemic”

By James L. CurtisBrent I. ClarkDaniel R. Birnbaum, Patrick D. JoyceAdam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has issued a new alert and guidance document on COVID-19 suggesting ways for employers to minimize and manage risks to their workforces.

Following the CDC, OSHA has now issued guidance intended
Continue Reading OSHA Issues “Coronavirus Protection” Guidance

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

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has recently issued a Frequently Asked Questions for General Industry for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard. 

We had noted previously in the blog that most of the provisions of the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime,
Continue Reading OSHA Issues FAQs for General Industry for Crystalline Silica Standard

By Mark A. Lies, IIJames L. CurtisDaniel Birnbaum, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis:  New Review Commission decision refines the definition of what OSHA must prove to establish a “Repeat” violation.

On September 30, 2008, OSHA issued a citation to Angelica Textile Services, Inc., a commercial laundry, alleging ten Serious and four Repeat items.
Continue Reading Angelica Decision (Finally) Enhances OSHA’s Burden to Establish a Repeat Citation