US LABOR DEPARTMENT’S OSHA PROPOSES TO DELAY COMPLIANCE DATE FOR ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTING INJURY, ILLNESS REPORTS
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today proposed a delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, from July 1, 2017 to Dec. 1, 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule.
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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has designated June 12-18, 2017 as “Safe + Sound Week,” a new nationwide effort that calls on organizations of all sizes in a wide range of industries to raise awareness of the value and importance of workplace safety and health programs.
Joining OSHA to sponsor the effort are the National Safety Council, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In addition, 85 trade associations, industry and professional groups are partnering with the Safe + Sound Week initiative.
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The Labor Department on Wednesday suspended an Obama-era rule requiring that companies electronically report their injury and illness records, a move that effectively keeps these records from being publicly disclosed for the immediate future.
Several business groups, including the Associated Builders & Contractors, Associated General Contractors of America and the National Association of Home Builders, had challenged the 2016 Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule in court and lobbied the administration to jettison it on the grounds that it could unfairly damage the reputation of some of their members.
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If you’re wondering where those strongly worded press releases announcing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations have gone since January 20, you’re not alone. In the wake of President Trump’s inauguration, OSHA hasn’t issued a single press release about a severe violation — in fact, the last one was posted on January 18. However, one man is taking it on himself to get the word out about workplace safety citations. Jordan Barab, a former deputy assistant secretary at OSHA, is publishing information about violations on his blog, Confined Spaces.
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President Trump repealed the so-called “blacklisting rule” Monday that required federal contractors to disclose labor violations. The Obama-era rule was intended to prevent the government from contracting with businesses responsible for wage theft or workplace safety violations at any point within the last three years. But business groups feared it gave unions the upper hand at the bargaining table.
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The Senate voted 50-48 Wednesday to overturn the Volks rule, which authorized the agency to extend its enforcement authority of recordkeeping violations from six months to five years, according to The Hill. The House passed the measure earlier this month. The legislation now heads to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.
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