OSHA says it is partnering with the Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute to reach more than 7,000 agricultural retailers, distributors, producers and other facilities in the industry to "remind employers of the importance . . .
OSHA chief David Michaels is again stressing the importance to communications tower builders of employee safety and fall prevention. The agency has already sent a letter throughout the industry warning employers of the dangers posed . . .
OSHA has applied its controversial per-instance willful citation policy to a Florida wire mesh manufacturer and has also put the company into its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, following the agency's investigation of a workplace fatality. . . .
OSHA has extended by two days, until March 10, the comment period for its proposed rule to add electronic injury and illness submission requirements to the agency's recordkeeping rule. The comment period was originally scheduled . . .
The petrochemical corporation that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) earlier accused of obstructing its probe into a sulfuric acid leak at a California refinery that reportedly injured two workers is now starting to cooperate with the investigative agency, a CSB source tells Inside OSHA Online.
The Obama administration wants Congress to allow OSHA to inspect work sites with 10 or fewer employees that potentially fall under the agency's process safety management (PSM) standard or the Environmental Protection Agency's Risk Management Program (RMP), which would modify a longstanding congressional mandate that precludes OSHA from inspecting such small businesses.
OSHA has decided to extend by three weeks the comment period on its request for data from stakeholders on whether changes are needed to the process safety management (PSM) and related standards, agreeing to stringent industry requests that the original March 10 deadline be delayed to provide more time for research due to complexity of the proposal and supporting analyses.
The Obama administration has proposed a budget for fiscal 2015 that would essentially flatline the agency's funding as compared to levels two years ago before the advent of budget sequestration, with a proposed level of $565 million and an intensive focus on enhancing whistleblower protection program activities.
The Labor Department is suing AT&T over allegations that the telecom giant suspended without pay more than a dozen workers after they reported alleged workplace injuries from 2011 to 2013.
Worker safety and health policy experts tell Inside OSHA Online it is significant that OSHA has decided to integrate into its new Site-Specific Targeting (SST) program an initiative the agency recently launched to ensure compliance with stipulations made by employers engaged in so-called "strategic partnerships," saying the new policy sets the stage for more rigorous enforcement of those agreements.
Federal chemical safety experts are blasting a major petrochemical company for allegedly blocking a crucial investigation of a sulfuric acid release at a California refinery that they say seriously injured two workers, but the company refutes the suggestion it is improperly preventing a probe and says the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) lacks jurisdiction in the matter.
OSHA has posted a schedule of public hearings on the agency's proposed rule tackling crystalline silica (see related coverage). The hearings start March 18 and run through April 4.
The National Toxicology Program -- which evaluates potentially hazardous agents and is used widely in the worker health field -- announced an April 16-18, 2014 meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors and requested comments.
The Obama administration released its OSHA budget request as part of its proposed spending plan for the Labor Department in fiscal 2015 (see related story).
OSHA plans to hold a meeting of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) on March 11 in Washington. WPAC work groups will meet March 10. WPAC was established to advise and make recommendations to the . . .
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