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01/31/2012

Fall 2011 Regulatory Agendas: Occupational Safety and Health

Twice each year, the departments and independent agencies of the Federal government publish public agendas of their rulemaking activities. These semiannual agendas both review recent new rules and announce upcoming rule activities. While each agency and department creates its own agenda...

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01/16/2012

OSHA Releases White Paper on I2P2

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a white paper last Friday discussing injury and illness prevention programs. 

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01/03/2012

Recording Injuries Away From Work

Q. We have employees who work in the office about half the time, but work off-site the other half. If they were hurt driving for work, would I have to record this injury?  
A. As always, it depends on the situation.  
Under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules, all employers are required to...

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01/03/2012

Recording Injuries Away From Work

Q. We have employees who work in the office about half the time, but work off-site the other half. If they were hurt driving for work, would I have to record this injury?  
A. As always, it depends on the situation.  
Under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules, all employers are required to...

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12/06/2011

Are You Ready for OSHA's GHS Adoption

Q. How will the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) affect my HazCom Standard communications?
 
A. The Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard is a rule designed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to...

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10/26/2011

OSHA One Step Closer to GHS

We're all waiting for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to adopt the Globally Harmonized System into the Hazard Communication Standard. Just yesterday, OSHA submitted the final rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as required by the Administrative Procedure Act for economically significant regulations. OMB typically takes 30 to 90 days to...

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10/12/2011

Feature Article: Find Out More About Workplace Safety Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is less than 30 pages long, and the regulations enforcing the law are just over 1,500 more. These laws and rules describe an employer’s obligation to provide a safe work environment for his or her employees, to eliminate hazards where possible, and to mitigate hazards that...

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09/28/2011

OSHA Extends Comment Period for Injury & Illness Recording and Reporting Rule Amendments

By request of the National Automobile Dealers Association, OSHA has reopened the rulemaking docket on it’s June 22, 2011 (76 FR 36414 proposal to modify the injury & illness recording and reporting program. Among the proposed changes, OSHA has...

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09/14/2011

Question of the Week: Hazard Communication: GHS Is Coming

Q. I’ve heard that OSHA is about to finalize a new Hazard Communication Standard that will change everything we’re currently doing under the standard. Is that true?
 
A. OSHA is planning to finalize a new Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) before the end of 2011; however...

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07/12/2011

The Spring 2011 Regulatory Agenda: OSHA

On July 7, 2011, Federal regulatory agencies published their semiannual regulatory agendas and regulatory plans as required under the Regulatory Flexibility Act [5 U.S.C. 602]. The agenda is where agencies summarize all current or projected rulemakings and review existing regulations and completed actions. While the detailed agendas are no longer published in the Federal Register...

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