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Weekly Poll (39)


In recent months, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has delayed or proposed changes to several rules that were promulgated under the Obama administration. Is this good or bad news?


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched its “Safe and Sound” campaign, to encourage employers in certain states to review their safety protocols to better protect workers. Do companies in the protective coatings industry review and update protocols often enough in your experience?


OSHA’s recent “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule requires employers to submit detailed injury and illness logs to the Agency and some of this information will be made public. Is this regulation a good or bad idea?


Do you find safety rules and regulations governing scaffolds and scaffold-related hazards such as falls, failing objects, structural instability, overloading and electrocution easy to understand and follow? *Editor's Note: Poll answer options were updated Nov. 22.


Upcoming federal regulations governing injury reporting have been put on hold after an industry lawsuit; the new rules would effectively prohibit employers from drug testing employees after an injury or illness is reported, because testing could be considered to be retaliation. Are these rules a good idea?


OSHA recently finalized its rule to better protect workers from respirable silica dust exposure, but several industry groups are against it. What do you think?


What do you think of OSHA's proposed fine increases for 2016?


Should a federal agency, like private companies, receive a monetary penalty of some kind when OSHA finds safety or health violations at one of their worksites?


What do you think of OSHA's proposed rule on Beryllium limits?


A Pennsylvania roofer is facing 25 years in prison for lying, and ordering employees to lie, to OSHA inspectors after a worker was killed in a 45-foot fall. Does the potential punishment fit the crime?


Does OSHA need more authority to address its most flagrant repeat violators?


OSHA will not investigate a scaffolding collapse in Portland that damaged property but did not injure anyone. Should some federal agency be required to review job-site accidents that occur when no one is working?


After numerous warnings, federal OSHA has rejected Arizona’s residential fall-protection guidelines as too lenient. Should states be allowed to craft standards that are looser than federal OSHA’s?


A new market forecast shows booming demand for silica sand in North America, just as OSHA prepares to limit silica exposures. So what’s the take-home message?


What is your general impression of OSHA inspectors who visit your site?


The family of a U.S. worker killed on the job is calling for a $50,000 mandatory fine if a workplace hazard is found to "materially contribute" to a fatal incident. (The fine in their case was $2,300.) What do you think?


About how often do you see full compliance with fall protection on a project?


Which of these would be most likely to change your safety practices?


A new U.S. Executive Order will require bidders for major federal contracts to report recent wage, safety or other labor law violations. Good idea or bad idea?


OSHA is considering increasing “whistleblower” protection for employees who report health and safety problems. Good idea or bad idea?


What do you think of OSHA’s proposal to move injury and illness reporting online and make it available to the public?


Here come the public hearings on OSHA’s proposal to slash silica exposure in the workplace. What should OSHA do with this proposal?


OSHA is asking (but not requiring) commenters on the federal silica proposal to disclose funding sources and conflicts of interest. Good idea or bad idea?


OSHA is proposing that employers’ Form 300 illness and injury logs be put online for public access. Good idea or bad idea?


Admitting that its own chemical exposure standards are inadequate, OSHA is urging employers to voluntarily follow tighter rules. What do you think of this strategy?


Construction employers want three more months to comment on OSHA’s proposed silica rule. Should OSHA grant the extension?


Some parties involved in fatal structural collapses are facing criminal charges. Should such collapses be investigated as civil matters, criminal matters, or both?


After decades of non-regulatory approaches, OSHA has proposed a rule to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Do you favor this rule?


OSHA has finally announced a proposed rule to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Do you support this plan?


“I know we have to protect the employees, but sometimes they don’t listen,” one employer cited by OSHA said recently. What should happen in such cases?


The fertilizer plant that exploded in West, TX, was last inspected in 1985, causing some people to question OSHA’s oversight. Overall, how do you feel about OSHA’s oversight?


OSHA’s UK counterpart is adapting a “loser pays” system, in which companies that break health and safety laws would have to help pay for investigation and enforcement. What do you think of this idea?


A Pennsylvania painting company owner faces criminal charges for the electrocution of an employee. Authorities say he ignored the presence of high-power lines on a job site. Is the charge fair?


In your experience, how honestly are workplace injuries and illnesses reported in OSHA logs?


It takes OSHA an average of about eight years to issue a rule, and some rules have taken more than 17 years. The General Accountability Office says this slow process leaves workers at risk. What do you think?


How do you feel about EPA and OSHA regulations (VOCs, heavy metal pigments


Congress is considering slashing EPA’s and OSHA’s authority and/or funding. How will this affect the coatings industry?


What is the most important effect of EPA and OSHA safety and ennvironmental regulations on coating work?


A new audit shows that OSHA is quick to drastically reduce fines for workplace violations—even repeat violations. Safety advocates say the agency has fallen down on its enforcement mandate. What do you think?


 
 
   

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