Don’t look now, but OSHA fines just went up. Under a law change that went into effect in 2016, OSHA penalties now increase with inflation every year. As a result, the fines for violating OSHA safety regulations are now 2% higher than in 2017. The change looks like this: Continue reading “The Price of Safety Failure Just Went Up”
OSHA has just announced that it will not enforce its new injury and illness reporting rule until the end of the year. The deadline had been delayed twice and went into effect on December 15th. However, the agency says it will give employers until December 31 to file without taking action. However, OSHA stresses that no 2016 forms will be accepted after January 1st.
What is behind the delay? It may be that OSHA is looking at the reports filed so far and realized that industry is way behind.
Every year OSHA releases its top 10 list of violations. It is done with a lot of build up at the National Safety Council’s annual conference, kind of like the Oscars, except no one wants to win this competition. What you notice is that the top violations don’t change much, but maybe we need to dig deeper into the numbers to catch the real trends going on in safety.
December is supposed to be a slow month, but not in the world of safety compliance. Both OSHA and the Department of Transportation are implementing significant initiatives. Here’s a short rundown on deadlines you may need to know about:
Starting at the beginning of 2018, the Department of Transportation will require that drug testing panels include four prescription opioids – hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone for “safety-sensitive” transportation workers. The change was announced in the Federal Register, effective January 1, 2018. Continue reading “DOT Drug Tests To Add Four Opiads To Requriement”
OSHA has said that its new requirement for companies to submit injury and illness reports electronically kicks in on December 1. But before we get into that, a quick question:
What is a leading cause of safety failures when we institute changes in the workplace? How about that we fail to communicate the changes to the people on the ground who actually have to implement them?
Keep that in mind as we look at the weird, convoluted path this new requirement is taking. Continue reading “Three Weeks Until Deadline for OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping…Or Not!”
Take a look at this video of a Florida office worker faking an injury to receive workers compensation.
If you are an employer video like this probably makes your blood boil. Given the cost of workers comp and workplace injury medical care, employers HATE having to spend money they shouldn’t have to. Continue reading “Hidden Weapon For Lowering Injury Costs – Try Being Nicer!”
Nine months into the new administration and there is still no one named to head OSHA. To no one’s surprise the sub-agency is not rushing to put out new regulations. That is certainly what industry safety professionals suspected, but career managers at OSHA came right out and said it last week. Continue reading “With No Permanent Boss, OSHA Slooooows Down”
We have lived under the same OSHA regulations on silica exposure for 45 years, but all that changes this weekend when the agency begins enforcing its new silica rules. The first phase will apply to the construction industry, with general industry, maritime and fracking operations falling into place next June.
I had not seen a good plain English guide for volunteers who come into a hurricane area to do recovery work, so I combined a lot of OSHA and industry tips into one document: Hurricane crew safety. I hope it is helpful.
Here in Houston, people are starting to put their lives back together. With more than 185,000 homes damaged on the Gulf Coast, recovery will take a while. Now Irma threatens to impact thousands of people in Florida.