BELOW ARE SOME SAFETY-RELATED ARTICLES AND NEWS FROM THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2019:
OSHA Enforcement and Compliance Increases in 2019 To Keep America’s Workforce Safe
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) fiscal year (FY) 2019 final statistics show a significant increase in the number of inspections and a record amount of compliance assistance to further the mission of ensuring that employers provide workplaces free of hazards….
What to Expect from OSHA in 2020
Don’t expect the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to slow down as it enters the fifth decade of its existence, following a year of heightened activity in support of its workplace safety mission.
DID YOU KNOW: The History of Fall Safety & the Evolution of Personal Fall Protection Equipment
In today’s modern construction industry, fall safety is a top priority. But prior to the 1970 inception of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers were not held accountable for maintaining safe working conditions for their employees. At the very least, employers would post signage to delineate a fall risk area or hazardous environment, but by and large, employees were responsible for their own safety.
OSHA’s General Duty Clause
Commonly known as the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is intended to give OSHA a means to address hazards for which no standard is on the books. Current examples include heat-related illnesses and workplace violence in health care and social services.
What Are the Limits of Online Training for OSHA Compliance – Today and in the Future?
Since the 1990s, videos and computers have become increasingly popular tools for safety and health training. Along the way, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has raised concerns more than once about what it sees as the limits of online training for complying with agency standards.
U.S. Department of Labor Selects New Philadelphia Regional Administrator for Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The U.S. Department of Labor has selected Michael Rivera as the new Regional Administrator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Philadelphia region. Prior to accepting this position, Rivera was the Deputy Regional Administrator for the OSHA Philadelphia region. During his 28-year tenure with OSHA, he has held positions as an area director, assistant area director, compliance assistance specialist and compliance officer in offices in the Dallas region.