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OSHA Civil Penalties On the Rise Again

by Eric J. Conn

As of Jan. 2, civil penalties for workplace safety and health violations issued by fe...

Is It Time to Abandon the PEL Approach to Occupational Exposures?

by Kevin Guth

Let's face it: Our regulatory process to protect the health of workers is broken. Thi...

Reporting Inpatient Hospitalizations to OSHA: Common Misunderstandings and Mistakes

by Eric J. Conn

There are several nuances employers routinely miss that affect the determination of w...

Can the US Stop the Worker-Safety Yo-Yo?

by Michael Halliwell

Seeing just how political workplace safety in the U.S. has become, one can’t help but...

OSHA Delays Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

by Eric J. Conn

In a dramatic, but not unexpected, move last month, OSHA suspended this controversial...

Trump's Budget and the Department of Labor

by Eric J. Conn

The Trump Administration submitted a blueprint budget for 2018 to Congress proposing ...

OSHA's Slips, Trips and Falls Rule Revamped

by Eric J. Conn

On January 17, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new Walking-...

The 'Fatal Four' and Your Worksite

by Michael Halliwell

I recently took the time to look at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administr...

OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Recordkeeping Rule, Part 4

by Eric J. Conn

Following the enactment of this controversial rule [the Recording and Reporting Occup...

OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Recordkeeping Rule, Part 3

by Eric J. Conn

OSHA has expressed particular concern with the supposed chilling effect and retaliato...

OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Recordkeeping Rule, Part 2

by Eric J. Conn

The new “workers’ rights” anti-retaliation provisions of the updated Recording and Re...

OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Recordkeeping Rule, Part 1

by Eric J. Conn

OSHA’s recent reform to its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness...

OSHA Civil Penalties Spike

by Eric J. Conn

On June 30, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Interim Final Rule to implement th...

OSHA’s Enforcement Weighting System

by Eric J. Conn

Over the course of this year, employers can expect to see longer, more comprehensive ...

OSHA vs. DC Court: Statute of Limitations

by Eric J. Conn

Late last year I wrote about a significant rulemaking to amend OSHA’s injury and illn...

OSHA Withdraws Long-Planned Rule to Reduce Slips, Trips and Falls

by Eric J. Conn

In what can only be viewed as another example of OSHA’s inability to effectively adva...

OSHA Criminal Cases on the Rise

by Eric J. Conn

In the 40-plus years since Congress enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Act, t...

OSHA’s Web Reporting Tool: Use with Caution

by Eric J. Conn

In addition to employers’ longstanding obligation, as of Jan. 1, 2015, to report to O...

Should You Demand an OSHA Warrant?

by Eric J. Conn

Perhaps the most common question I am asked about OSHA inspections is

Confined Space, Common Sense

by Michael Halliwell

As I write this, it’s October, which means that the new OSHA confined space standard,...

Beyond Compliance: Inspired by Confined Space Rules

by Robert Ikenberry

In the works since 1980, federal OSHA recently published new construction-specific co...

OSHA’s Full-Time Enforcement Policy for Temporary Workers

by Eric J. Conn

In April 2013, OSHA declared that protecting temporary workers would become a top pri...

Battling the Employer Blacklist

by Eric J. Conn

On July 13, 2014, President Obama executed Executive Order 1376: “Fair Pay and Safe W...

OSHA Missteps on SVEP

by Eric J. Conn

It’s been five years since OSHA launched its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, and...

Beware of Stepped-Up Reporting Rules

by Eric J. Conn

This month has brought an unwelcome announcement from the Occupational Safety and Hea...

Opening a Loophole for Stale Claims

by Eric J. Conn

On May 21, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a memo discussin...

Staying Safely on a Roll

by Eric J. Conn

Fall hazards are always among the top Occupa­tional Safety and Health Administration ...

Reporting Plan Makes a Bad Idea Worse

by Robert Ikenberry

Reading about the proposed requirement for companies to upload their OSHA 300 logs go...

Sick Over Illness/Injury Reporting Plan

by Eric J. Conn

Intrusive and burdensome are just two of the words we used in reporting...

Know Your Rights When OSHA Calls

by Eric J. Conn

I was recently asked an interesting question: “Employers often are told to know and e...

‘Competent Persons’ vs. Competence

by Simon Hope

One of the eternal problems that our industry grapples with is defining the differenc...

When Safety Incentives Backfire

by Robert Ikenberry

When you try to foster safety by offering incentives, do you really get what you want...


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