Last May we first blogged about federal OSHA’s controversial Final Rule to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.” The Final Rule requires, among other things, employers to specifically inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation. This provision, referred to as the “anti-retaliation” rule, was originally scheduled to Read more

After significant delay, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcement of its new anti-retaliation regulations today. Although these provisions of the Improving Tracking of Workplace Illness and Injury rule actually went into effect in August of this year, OSHA agreed to push back the enforcement deadline twice, most recently at the request of Read more

This month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its annual list of the top ten most frequently cited violations. The list is instructive of ongoing compliance challenges with particular standards and OSHA’s enforcement priorities. The list includes: Fall Protection Hazard Communication Scaffolding Respiratory Protection Lockout/Tagout Powered Industrial Trucks Ladders Electrical, Wiring Methods Machine Read more

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that it is pushing back the enforcement deadline for its anti-retaliation regulations for the second time this year. Although they became effective as of August 10, OSHA originally chose to delay enforcement for these regulations, including the required posting of an anti-retaliation statement, until November 1. Read more

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry has revised its mandatory Job Safety and Health Protection posting to reflect current federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) law. As one of several states operating under an OSHA-approved State Plan, the protections and benefits offered under Virginia’s Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) law are required to Read more

Last May, OSHA issued a final rule amending its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation (29 CFR 1904). The final rule requires certain employers to electronically report injury and illness data to OSHA and to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation. The anti-retaliation provisions of the Read more

Virginia has made two important posting changes that require employers to post the revised Virginia All-On-One Labor Law Poster. The changes affect the Virginia Occupational Safety & Health (VOSH) posting and the State-mandated federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) posting. VOSH Virginia has adopted work-related injury and illness reporting regulations that mirror federal Occupational Safety Read more

Yesterday, the federal Occupation Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) published a final rule that requires certain employers to electronically submit to OSHA information collected and recorded by employers concerning workplace injuries and illnesses. The data collected will help OSHA identify, target and remove safety and health hazards, thereby preventing occupational injuries, illnesses, and deaths. The information Read more

Earlier this month President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Budget Act). Among other things, the act provides for mandatory increases in the penalties for violations of standards established under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The act calls for an initial penalty adjustment that will reflect the increase in the Read more

Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised their recordkeeping rules. The changes included reporting all work-related fatalities within eight hours and all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations, and all losses on an eye within 24 hours starting on January 1, 2015. These federal OSHA changes were adopted by Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Read more