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It might sound crazy, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may now be receiving whistleblower complaints over the phone. This follows a recent ruling from a federal court in Wisconsin, which made it easier for employees to file whistleblower complaints against their employers. 

I enjoyed participating on July 11 with my friend Brian Edwards PE of Conversion Technologies in an FP Webinar on Combustible Compliance. The archived webinar is an excellent overview of combustible dust challenges. I prepared this handout as an accompaniment to Brian's slides. The piece represents the lawyer's practical observations on this thorny compliance issues and compliments Brian's slides and presentation.

Employers rarely appreciate how strongly workplace safety affects employee attitudes about the Company or how devastatingly a union or other third party can use safety to destroy a Company's image. Conversely, executives can use a robust safety culture to increase employee satisfaction and productivity ... and it's the right thing to do. Don't allow a third party to use safety issues to destroy your company. This two-part article describes safety-based Corporate campaigns relying on safety and common sense preventive measures.

Part II of our Post on Corporate Campaigns using safety to harm a company's reputation, and in the case of Tesla, compel the Company to give in to Union demands. This part concludes the discussion by describing the variety of attack strategies and proposing commonsense steps to improve one's safety culture and deny a group's ability to destroy your company's reputation using safety as a club.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) just warned employers that it will take note of worksites that electronically report their 2017 OSHA 300A information after the July 1, 2018 deadline. 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a reminder to employers that the deadline for electronically submitting their 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA is July 1, 2018.

Two recent cases should remind employers to contest OSHA citations quickly to prevent the citations from becoming final. It’s an uphill battle if your notice of contest is submitted late.

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No matter how low hazard your business - or your commonsense efforts to protect employees from serious injuries, you may be unaware of routine, seemingly "picky" OSHA violations. And they can cost you tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Consider the experience of chain retailers and the millions in OSHA penalties issued. Let's talk specifically about restaurants - really god ones.

The changes to MSHA’s workplace examination rule governing metal and nonmetal mines have garnered significant attention. Stakeholders fought back against the original proposed rulemaking, and MSHA delayed implementation three times. Following outcries from operators, numerous comments, and even litigation, on April 9, 2018, MSHA published its final amended regulation governing “Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines.” 

Administrative Law Judges are increasingly exercising their discretion to waive mandatory settlement conferences for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation contests with large penalties.  The increased penalties that OSHA can now levy may be the reason. 

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