Employees achieved a 1.01 reportable injury rate, surpassing the previous lowest rate of 1.15 in 2011. From 2002 to 2012, the reportable injury rate fell by 58 percent. Union Pacific Railroad announced Jan. 29 that its 2012 employee safety performance was the best in the company’s 150-year history: Employees achieved… Continue Reading Union Pacific Sets New Safety Record

Residential contractors are being given yet another temporary reprieve in implementing a 2010 federal directive on fall protection. In an effort to encourage greater compliance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the “temporary enforcement measure” period for its Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction (STD 03-11-002) to Dec. 15. The directive requires employers… Continue Reading OSHA Again Delays Fall-Protection Rule

The Obama administration announced long-awaited regulations Tuesday to improve labels on hazardous chemicals and make them conform with international guidelines developed by the United Nations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimated that such labels could prevent more than 40 deaths and about 500 workplace injuries and illnesses from exposure… Continue Reading Gov’t requires new labels for hazardous chemicals

Companies that run in a smooth and effective manner and have minimal constraints on worker performance can decrease injuries by 38 percent as worker opinions improve, according to survey results. According to a recent University of Georgia study, a worker’s perception of safety in the workplace and the work-life balance… Continue Reading Perception, Work-Life Balance Key Factors in Workplace Safety, Study Says

OSHA has added another 6 months to its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction. The temporary enforcement measures, now extended through Sept. 15, include priority, free, on-site compliance assistance; penalty reductions; extended abatement dates; measures to assure consistency; and increased outreach. Over the past year, OSHA has worked closely with… Continue Reading Efforts to Reduce Injuries and Fatalities in Residential Construction Extended by OSHA

Attorney Michael Taylor offers a tutorial to help you understand the litigation process required when your employer contests an OSHA citation before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Despite the fact that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, many employers still do… Continue Reading Litigating Workplace Safety and Health Disputes

According to Public Citizen, workers using coal slag abrasive are exposed to dangerous levels of beryllium, which has been linked to cases of cancer. Coal slag abrasive coal slag abrasive to blast ship hulls, bridges and other metal structures in preparation for painting. In a letter to OSHA Enforcement Director… Continue Reading Public Citizen to OSHA: Enforce Labeling Law for Toxic Coal Byproduct

OSHA announced the launch of its PSM National Emphasis Program for chemical facilities (Chem NEP). The new Chem NEP expands nationwide a previous 2009 Pilot Chemical Facilities Process Safety Management NEP, which had covered only a few OSHA regions, and established policies and procedures for inspecting workplaces covered by the… Continue Reading 10 Things Chemical Plant Operators Need to Know About OSHA’s New Chem NEP

You invest a lot of time, effort and money in your personal protective equipment (PPE) program, so you want to be sure you’re meeting OSHA’s expectations. OSHA’s PPE compliance directive, 29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart I, Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment in General Industry (CPL 02-01-050), establishes OSHA’s general enforcement… Continue Reading Use OSHA’s Compliance Directive to Evaluate your PPE Program