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As mass shootings have continued with regular frequency in the United States, our country remains deeply divided, not only with the cause of these tragic events, but also on how to stop them from occurring. Many have called for increased gun control, including a ban on assault-style rifles like the AR-15 and universal background check requirements for all firearms transactions. Others have called for fewer restrictions on law-abiding gun owners’ ability to carry concealed firearms at their places of work and on public property, arguing that additional guns on the scene often prevent unnecessary harm.

On February 21, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new interim enforcement procedures, provided below, regarding failure to submit electronic injury and illness records.

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Until 2015, it was the practice of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to look back only three years to establish “repeat” violations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).  In 2015, OSHA increased that period to five years.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reminded us this week that OSHA is actually not bound by any temporal limitation to establish repeat violations.  

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Yesterday's heartbreaking school shooting demands major long term efforts, but there are some immediate steps that employers and other organizations can take to at least limit the fatalities resulting from shootings and other trauma. Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46, and yet we have not altered our first aid and training efforts.

Nearly 2.3 million people in the United States work in jobs that expose them to silica.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) claims that more than 100,000 of those workers are engaged in “high risk jobs such as abrasive blasting, foundry work, stonecutting, rock drilling, quarry work and tunneling.” 

This week's Update covers the continuing problem of struck-bys in all of their variations, crane and fall-related news, and a special section by California FP Sacramento Office Manager Ben Ebbink on California workplace violence issues, automation and robots, sex harassment as a Cal-OSHA safety issue, and other issues. As always, go to for additional topics from the past week.

My weekly Round Up of OSHA and relevant legal developments, practical insights and news and observations relevant to Risk Managers, Safety and HR professionals, and executives interested n reducing risk and instilling leadership in the workplace. Special emphasis this week on handling OSHA witness statement demands.

We separated the January 27 Post into two Posts for easier reading. This section contains the input of nationally recognized professionals on safety, employment and industry-specific issues which concern them.

Third edition of my effort to summarize certain important employment law, OSHA, and labor developments, news and practical insight. I also include references to books and podcasts that you may find useful in becoming a better manager and addressing labor and employment challenges, as well as personal development. This week's edition has three pages of comments from readers and interviews in Part 2.

Our readers and friends often ask "what do we think is really important from the deluge of developments in employment law, OSHA, NLRB, EEO and litigation?" With a request to "keep it short!" We also get questions about what are we reading, watching and listening to that is worth sharing and relevant to work. So here is my January 21 update.

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