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Employers to Electronically Submit Injury and Illness Data

OSHA announced that a final rule was issued recently to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. Many employers already have to keep a record of injuries and illnesses. This new rule – which will be effective August 10, 2016 – will require employers in high-hazard industries to send the injury and illness data to OSHA
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Eye and Face Protection Standards

Eye and Face Protection Standards Updated The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a final rule that amends regulations under 29 CFR 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918 and 1926 to update general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, marine terminals and construction eye and face protection standards. This final rule incorporates three most recent versions of
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Public comment sought as OSHA updates Safety & Health Program Management Guidelines.

OSHA – Public Comment Sought The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is updating their voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, so they are seeking public comment. These guidelines are not a new standard nor regulation. They do not create any new legal obligations, nor alter existing ones. The updates are
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HazCom Directive

HazCom Directive Just a reminder that to align with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and to help protect workers from hazardous chemicals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) which will be fully implemented by June 2016. Recently OSHA published 124
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Proposed Amendment to Recordkeeping

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposes to amend 29 CFR Part 1904 to clarify employers’ recordkeeping obligations. Comments are due back September 28, 2015. If amended, the rule would not add new recordkeeping requirements; it would revise some titles and subparts, and would clarify provisions. Employers must prepare and maintain accurate recordkeeping logs of
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Confined Spaces

OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction Standard is scheduled to go into effect August 3, 2015. Examples of confined spaces include tanks, sewers, pits, crawl spaces, attics, boilers, or anywhere else that:  is large enough for a worker to enter; has limited entry or exits; and is not designed for regular / continuous occupancy. The new
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Employee Injury Records to be Available Online

OSHA is accepting comments until October 14, 2014 on a proposed rule that will require  employers who are already required to keep occupational injury and illness records and that have 250 or more employees to submit the records electronically for posting on the agency’s website.  In addition, the rule will make it a violation for
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Deadline for GHS Training is December 1, 2013

The deadline for OSHA’s Global Harmonization System (GHS) training is fast approaching! Employers are required to have workers trained to facilitate recognition and understanding of the new label elements and SDS format by December 1, 2013.  By June 1, 2015, SDSs should be sent and received by manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers (except for distributors,
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OSHA Focuses on Noise at New England Manufacturers

Noise is a concern in nearly any industrial setting. To offer workers protection against hearing damage, workplace noise limits have been established by OSHA and other regulatory agencies.  Even with those controls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported more than 20,000 cases of work-related hearing loss in 2011 alone. OSHA’s new regional emphasis program (REP)
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