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We enjoy recognizing groups who provide solid information about better management and effective safety programs and culture. Part I discusses concerns raised about an employer's exposure to safety and legal harm related to vehicles and discussion of ways to attack addiction before discipline or physical harm occurs.

This late March Safety Update or Round Up contains detailed discussion of the challenges faced by contractors working on site at a plant during shut downs or during normal production. OSHA will hold the contractor to the same level of knowledge of the site as the owner, and the contractor must recognize this unfairness and take the necessary steps. We also talk about Safety Minutes and recent safety-legal issues. As always, if you are interested in updates on media, podcasts, books, wine, beer and movies, visit howardmavity.com for those topics.

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 howardmavity.com 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.

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