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Repeat Violations: OSHA's Unlimited Look-Back Window

by Eric J. Conn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued an opinion granting ...


Are We Learning from Our Mistakes?

by Lee Wilson

Health and safety in the corrosion-control industry has always been a major priority ...


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...


Going with the Flow: 7 Common Issues with Respirators on Blast Jobs

by Kevin Guth

Whether it is lack of training, general apathy on the topic from those impacted in th...


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...


Exposure to Industrial Solvents: No Joking Matter

by Kevin Guth

Most painting firms that I have encountered concentrate their control efforts on prot...


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 ...


Containment: A Time to Think Ahead

by Robert Ikenberry

Typically, the two biggest costs for projects involving abatement of hazardous paint ...


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 2

by Eric J. Conn

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


Be Ready for What May Come

by Michael Halliwell

Kay Redfield Jamison once said, “There is always a part of my mind that is preparing ...


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...


Coatings Safety On and Off the Job

by Michael Halliwell

As anyone who reads my blog knows, my job involves sampling paints for lead, conducti...


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...


Unwelcome Surprises

by Michael Halliwell

A recent article in The Globe and Mail brought to light a disturbing trend in work-re...


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...


Embracing Your Inner Geek

by Robert Ikenberry

PLEASONTON, CA--When you read the news, it seems there’s always a war on, over just a...


Battling the Employer Blacklist

by Eric J. Conn

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


Unstoppable Ego v. Irresistible Force

by Michael Halliwell

As many of you know, my involvement with the coatings industry is not on the applicat...


OSHA Missteps on SVEP

by Eric J. Conn

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


The Big Deal about Asbestos

by Michael Halliwell

Once again, asbestos is hitting the headlines. There have been articles about school-...


Beware of Stepped-Up Reporting Rules

by Eric J. Conn

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


Confined Space:
Have We Learned Our Lesson Yet?

by Michael Halliwell

I don’t think we go more than a week between articles about injuries or fatalities in...


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 ...


Who’ll Take Responsibility for Safety?

by Michael Halliwell

Although I am an environmental professional by trade, my work is tied into enough hea...


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...


The Hidden Hazards of Bridge Rehab

by Michael Halliwell

Any time that one is working bridge rehabilitation, there are certain hazards that sh...


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...


Doom and Gloom on Blood Lead Levels (Really?)

by Robert Ikenberry

As one gets older, it’s interesting how people’s perspectives differ.


Foul Play with the Not-So-Fine Print

by Simon Hope

Over the years, I have watched all sorts of wonderful ideas come and go—many of them ...


Not Strangers to Danger

by Karen Kapsanis

Maybe you’ve had this experience, too: I have a hard time forgetting accidents that h...


When Safety Incentives Backfire

by Robert Ikenberry

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


A Surreal Game of Cops and Bloggers

by Pamela Simmons

As I write this, a hostage situation is playing out in downtown Pittsburgh. A man by ...


Wanted: Common Sense on Next Lead Regs

by Robert Ikenberry

Recently, when I took my annual C5 refresher, I was reminded that the OSHA Lead in Co...


 
 
   

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