Blogs (29)


A Look at Effective Quality Control Practices

by Alex Thrasher

Quality control programs and reporting are nothing new to the protective coatings ind...


California Lead Paint Ruling Deserves Review

by Industry Professionals

Significant First Amendment rights are at risk in a recent California Court of Appeal...


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...


Get Engaged: Visit Your Nation's Capital!

by Robert Ikenberry

Every member of the electorate needs to spend some effort to be informed about critic...


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...


Looking East to Make America Great

by Robert Ikenberry

As anyone who works in construction knows, projects are built on cooperation, even th...


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 ...


Green Building Materials and the New Administration

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

All of this begs the question of what impact these sea changes will have on the green...


Green Building: A Mission Uncertain

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United Stat...


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 Civil Penalties Spike

by Eric J. Conn

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


Tiny Houses: A Look at Materials

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

As an avid blue water sailor I have always been interested in how marine architecture...


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 Criminal Cases on the Rise

by Eric J. Conn

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


7 Areas Where Construction Conflicts Can Arise

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Many construction projects are rife with potentially overlapping trade responsibiliti...


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...


A New St. Pete Pier Design Up for Vote

by Jill M. Speegle

Residents in St. Petersburg, FL, may soon see their 42-year-old iconic waterfront lan...


Building a Better, Stronger Contract

by FMI

Few industries require the use of contracts more than construction.


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...


Techie Trials and Paper Tigers

by Simon Hope

Life is great, things progress, and every day a shiny new techno-toy arrives to make ...


Casting a Vote for Infrastructure

by Karen Kapsanis

I really don’t like leap years, mainly because they are the years when the campaign f...


Doing Good: Enforcement’s Brighter Side

by Jill M. Speegle

When companies run afoul of environmental laws, they typically pay a fine, clean up t...


Here’s a Federal Government Activity That May Be Worth Funding

by Harold Hower

Two questions: What aspects of the Federal government should be funded, and is the go...


A Modest Proposal: Give Compromise a Chance—and Rational Thinking too

by Harold Hower

People today tend to dislike compromise, as seen in headlines about labor disputes an...


 
 
   

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