Category Archives: OSHA

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Passing out at the sight of blood could lead to a “recordable” OSHA event.

Under the Recordkeeping regulation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), covered employers must prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses. That regulation sets forth the injuries that must be recorded: You must consider an injury or illness to meet the general recording criteria, and therefore to be recordable, if it … Continue Reading

Healthcare employers be advised: OSHA is standing behind its updated workplace violence prevention guidance.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that in 2013, over 23,000 significant workplace injuries occurred due to assaults on the job– and that over 70 percent of these assaults were in healthcare and social service settings. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), health care and social service workers are almost four … Continue Reading

Employment Law Carnival – The A to Z List

Law Partners Maria Danaher, Editor of Employment Law Matters, and Mary Wright, Guest Blogger (both of Ogletree Deakins), offer up this month’s Employment Law Carnival. Here is our A to Z list of legal pickings from around the ‘Net.   is for the ADA Eric B. Meyer, The Employer Handbook, The Firefighter Afraid of Fighting … Continue Reading

OSHA and NLRB referral agreement could extend NLRB’s reach into workplace safety issues.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an arm of the U.S. Department of Labor, and is the federal agency charged with the enforcement of legislation related to the health and safety of workers. OSHA’s primary enforcement tool is the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act). Section 11(c) of the OSH … Continue Reading

OSHA creates new on-line resource for hospitals and healthcare entities.

According to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), hospital workers regularly face serious workplace hazards, including exposure to chemicals, hazardous drugs, and needle-sticks. Those workers often suffer musculoskeletal injuries that come from manually lifting and repositioning patients. OSHA statistics indicate that U.S. hospitals recorded nearly 250,000 work-related injuries and illnesses in … Continue Reading

OSHA’s new online form provides an easy method to workers for filing whistleblower retaliation claims.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works to ensure safe and healthy conditions for working men and women on a national basis, by both setting and enforcing workplace standards, and by providing training, education and assistance to employers and employees, when necessary or requested. The agency also enforces the whistleblower protection provisions of … Continue Reading

Allegations of workplace violence or threats of violence may lead to an OSHA visit.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has written an enforcement directive for purposes of investigating and dealing with incidents of workplace violence. The directive, issued on September 8, 2011, will be used by OSHA’s district supervisors and area directors in determining whether or not to conduct an investigation into allegations of workplace violence, … Continue Reading

OSHA may hold general contractor liable for subcontractor’s safety violations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may issue citations for safety violations at construction sites.  Further, at those construction sites, OSHA may hold one employer responsible for the safety violations of other employers if the initial employer could reasonably be expected to prevent and abate the violations, based on some supervisory authority or control … Continue Reading