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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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OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting to Change January 1, 2015

OSHA is issuing a final rule to update the appendix to its Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulation. The appendix contains a list of industries that are partially exempt from requirements to keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates. The updated appendix is based on
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