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.
The White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) completed its analysis of the recordkeeping rule on April 29, so we have been waiting with baited breath.
The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will consider amending the state's rule, 803 KAR 2:412, at its annual meeting on May 10 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, according to the session's agenda. Currently, Kentucky requires fall protection for residential construction at 10 feet, but is considering changing the trigger height to six (6) feet to adopt the Federal OSHA requirement.