The Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards, Division of Occupational Safety and Health Compliance has published its intent to adopt certain Federal OSHA Recordkeeping regulations, including the new electronic reporting and anti-retaliation provisions published in the May 12, 2016 Federal Register (view proposed regulations). States that have their own OSHA plan, such as Kentucky, are required to have OSHA programs that are at least as effective as Federal OSHA, and are consequently required to adopt and implement new federal standards, or a more stringent standard, within six (6) months of the adoption or amendment by Federal OSHA. This new rule in Kentucky is set to take effect on January 1, 2017.
OSHA has issued a new Fact Sheet for Combustible Dust Explosion Hazards. See link: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3878.pdf
OSHA has released details on the penalty increases effective August 1, 2016, but retroactive to ongoing inspections as far back as November 2, 2015 if the citations are issued after August 1.
It has been close to 100° in many southern states and even worse in the West. The Union of Concerned Scientists has warned of a “dangerous heat wave and steps to take. Perhaps I should not be surprised that we have heard of an unusual number of employee deaths where heat was probably not a factor, but the circumstances required determining whether workplace heat contributed to the event. Similarly, was an employee’s illness after work related to the heat and was the hospitalization for treatment or for “observation.” We have also seen a large number of OSHA inspections examining heat outside on construction sites or in manufacturers and foundries. Regardless of these legal issues, one fact is clear … we have to purposefully protect employees during this season.
OSHA Launches a new severe Violators Enforcement program (SVEP) as a pilot effort in Kansas Region. Program is latest step in OSHA's attack on Employer policies and rules.
It’s time to improve your workplace safety program. Fed-OSHA just announced the sweeping new requirement that, beginning in 2017, many employers must electronically provide to the Agency the details concerning the workplace injuries and illnesses kept on their 300 logs. Fed-OSHA will then make this material available for public viewing on its website (read more here).
This August Federal OSHA will increase its penalties for the first time since 1990.
We originally thought maximum fines would increase to $12,500 for serious citations and $125,000 for willful and repeat citations. Based on recent conversations with Fed-OSHA, however, we learned the increases may even be higher, with repeat/willful citations topping out at $128,000. Additional increases reflecting inflation likely will follow on January 15 of each subsequent year beginning in 2017.
Read our May 12 Alert for a basic description of the Rule.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on May 11, 2016 that greatly enhances injury and illness data collection from employers. The new rule will require many employers to electronically submit information about workplace injuries and illnesses to the government, and OSHA has announced it intends to post this data on its public website.