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OSHA Considers Making Injury Underreporting a Violation
Concerned that a proposed rule that obligates certain employers to publish their injury and illness records might lead to employers misreporting that data, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the rule’s comment period and is asking for reaction to making such underreporting a violation.

Ban-the-Box Movement Goes Viral
The District of Columbia, Illinois and New Jersey have joined 66 cities and counties and 11 states to pass “ban-the-box” laws, preventing employers from asking about prior criminal history on job applications.

Fired Safety Whistle-blowers Awarded Nearly $1 Million
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined an asphalt company nearly $1 million for terminating workers who had raised safety concerns.

OSHA’s Severe Violators Grow by 23 Percent from 2013
A total of 423 employers—an increase of 23 percent from a year ago—make up the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) really bad actors list, according to recently updated data.

Washington, D.C., Metro Sued over Screening Policy
In a potential class-action lawsuit, nine black men alleged that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority denied them employment for irrelevant criminal offenses in their past, in violation of their civil rights.

MSHA Proposes Civil Penalty, Citation Changes
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration proposed amending its civil penalty regulations by simplifying the criteria for assessing health and safety violations, and increasing emphasis on more serious safety and health conditions.

Obama Orders Contractors to Disclose Safety Violations
President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose recent safety and health violations.

OSHA Reiterates Enforcement Policy on Temporary Workers
The agency explains the purpose of the Temporary Worker Initiative, defines temporary workers, identifies employer responsibilities and sets out when to open an inspection.

Rule Lowering Allowable Coal Dust Among Miners Goes into Effect
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) rule eliminating loopholes that have masked overexposures to coal dust took effect Aug. 1, 2014.

Why Your Company Needs an Ergonomics Program
Implementing a strong ergonomics program can nip MSDs in the bud, improve the health and productivity of employees, and boost the company’s bottom line.

Employers Should Be Prepared as Ebola Outbreak Grows in West Africa
Employers should educate employees working in areas threatened by the Ebola virus about how to prevent the spread of the disease, and should be ready to respond if an employee becomes sick.

Outgoing FMCSA Chief Defends Drivers’ Hours-of-Service Rule
The nation’s outgoing chief highway safety regulator in her last appearance before Congress defended the whirlwind of initiatives undertaken during her five-year tenure, with the recently revised hours-of-service rule taking center stage.

 

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OSHA 300A Forms Due Feb. 1
All employers required to keep Form 300, the Injury and Illness Log, must post Form 300A, the annual summary of job-related injuries and illnesses, in a workplace common area by Feb. 1, 2014.

OSHA Publishes Plans for 2014
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s portion of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fall 2013 Regulatory Agenda revealed several dates in 2014 that employers should take notice of.

OSHA Serious About Blocked Exit Routes
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that two companies in the New York City area have been cited and fined for safety violations involving blocked emergency-exit routes, among other workplace hazards.

 

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57 Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Safety and Security: With Answers from SHRM’s Knowledge Advisors Margaret Fiester, SPHR-CA, has compiled the most often asked questions related to employee accidents and injuries, business continuity and disaster recovery, drug and alcohol testing, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations, risk management, workplace violence, and much more.