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OSHA Outlines Discretion in Issuing Citations During Coronavirus Pandemic based on Employer’s Good Faith Efforts

On April 16, 2020, OSHA issued an Enforcement Memorandum directed to Regional Administrators and State Plan Designees giving them Discretion in Enforcement when Considering an Employer’s Good Faith Efforts During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.  Under the Memo, OSHA acknowledges that some “employers may face difficulties complying with OSHA standards due to the ongoing...… Continue Reading
April 18, 2020

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Alert Identifying Safety Tips for Package Delivery Workers

In light of the ongoing safety concerns related to COVID-19, OSHA issued an alert identifying various voluntary safety measures that employers can take to keep package delivery workers safe from exposure to coronavirus.  OSHA’s safety tips included: Establishing flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts) where feasible; Minimizing interaction between drivers and customers by leaving deliveries... Continue Reading…
April 14, 2020

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Alert Identifying Safety Tips for Package Delivery Workers

In light of the ongoing safety concerns related to COVID-19, OSHA issued an alert identifying various voluntary safety measures that employers can take to keep package delivery workers safe from exposure to coronavirus.  OSHA’s safety tips included: Establishing flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts) where feasible; Minimizing interaction between drivers and customers by leaving deliveries...… Continue Reading
April 14, 2020

MSHA Issues Final Rule on Changes to the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

In a Final Rule published by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) on April 9, 2018, the agency amended certain changes made to the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines final rule which was published on January 23, 2017.  The updated rules were set to go into effect on May 23,...… Continue Reading
May 29, 2018

Review Commission Requests Outside Comments From Interested Parties To Evaluate Workplace Heat Stress Case

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) is reviewing OSHA’s use of the general duty clause to issue citations against employers for heat-related hazards that are likely to cause death or serious bodily harm to employees. OSHRC accepted for review the case of Secretary of Labor, Department of Labor vs. A.H. Sturgill Roofing, Inc....… Continue Reading
April 27, 2018

MSHA Extends Period to Submit Comments on Diesel Exhaust Exposure Standards

In response to requests from the public, on March 26, 2018 the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) announced that it is reopening the public comment period to the Agency’s request for information (RFI) related to standards concerning the exposure of underground miners to diesel exhaust. Back in June of 2016, MSHA requested further information...… Continue Reading
April 9, 2018

U.S. Government Passes 2018 Omnibus Spending Package with Modest Increase to OSHA Funding

With what has now become a regular ritual, lawmakers rushed to pass a $1.3 trillion omnibus bill on the last possible day to avoid a government shutdown. The 2,300-page bill was passed by the House last Thursday by a vote 256-167 with many Democrats joining Republicans to support the bill.  The Senate then passed the...… Continue Reading
March 26, 2018

MSHA Rolls Out New System To Improve Mine Inspections

On February 22, 2018, the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) announced that it would be instituting a new Mobile Inspection Application System (Mobile IAS) to improve and further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of mine inspectors.  MSHA believes that the new system will enable inspectors to better carry out MSHA’s mission of promoting the...… Continue Reading
March 19, 2018

Vote On Scott Mugno to lead OSHA Delayed

A vote on Scott Mugno to become the head of OSHA has been postponed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). Mr. Mugno had already won approval by the committee on a straight-party line vote on December 13, 2017 but his nomination must be reconsidered since it was not confirmed by...… Continue Reading
January 16, 2018

MSHA Penalties Increased for 2018

Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act), on January 2, 2018 the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule laying out the annual adjustments for inflation to its civil monetary penalties under the...… Continue Reading
January 10, 2018

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