A new rule issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has caused concern for some employers in regard to drug testing policies. The electronic reporting rule prohibits employers from retaliating against workers for reporting an injury or illness.
The rule, which took effect Jan. 1, initially called for certain employers to electronically submit their 2016 Form 300A to OSHA by July 1. Data from the Form 300A—an annual summary of workplace injuries and illnesses—subsequently would be posted on an OSHA website for public viewing. But a week before July 1, OSHA said the deadline would be extended to Dec. 1 to enable the new administration to review the electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation.
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Want to take your safety and health program to the next level? OSHA might be the answer. Last year, the agency offered free consultation services to some 28,000 businesses. The On-Site Consultation Program has long been one of OSHA’s most recognized successes. Consultation, which provides free, confidential assistance to small businesses, is not associated with enforcement.
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An aluminum manufacturing company that produces products used in the residential and commercial fenestration industries is facing nearly $2 million in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Last week, Aluminum Shapes LLC of Delair, N.J., was hit with 51 safety and health violations and proposed penalties of $1,922,895 in the wake of an OSHA inspection that began in January 2017. It’s the latest in a long streak of OSHA citations for the company. Since 2011, the agency has inspected the facility eight times, issuing $516,753 in penalties for 60 violations.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will launch on Aug. 1, 2017, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). The Web-based form allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The application will be accessible from the ITA webpage.
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A recent New York Times article, “Under Trump, Worker Protections Are Viewed With New Skepticism,” suggests that the Trump administration will significantly relax the government’s approach to occupational safety. But chemical, manufacturing, construction, and other industry executives and advisors should not assume that they’ll soon get a free ride on regulatory issues, warns veteran labor and employment attorney Joseph P. Paranac, Jr. in a just-published blogpost in the online edition of business publication Occupational Health & Safety.
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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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