In response to calls from labor groups and unions to develop federal standard that addresses workplace violence in the healthcare and social service sectors, former OSHA chief David Michaels stated during a January 10 meeting that OSHA found that there is ample evidence showing workplace violence is a rampant issue, and that OSHA will work

Shelanski Vows No Regulatory Mess for Next Administration to Handle

The Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”), Howard Shelanski, assures that the incoming Trump administration will find a tidy and smooth-sailing regulatory review process in place. OIRA, a branch of the Executive Office of the President, reviews regulations drafted by agencies

EPA Issues Final Rule Overhauling RMP Facility Chemical Safety Program

Prior to the close of the Obama administration and after much anticipation, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued its final rule overhauling the Risk Management Plan (“RMP”) facility chemical accident prevention program,[1] the EPA counterpart to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Process Safety

Today OSHA announced that it will publish in the Federal Register a rule on Monday that clarifies that an employer’s duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation, and does not arise solely at the time the injury or illness occurred.[1]  Therefore, if an employer becomes aware of an illness or injury that was not previously recorded, or learns of an error in the way an injury or illness was recorded in the OSHA Form 300 log, he must revise his records—even if the injury or illness originally occurred more than six months ago, which is the amount of time OSHA has to issue a citation following the occurrence of a violation.

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EPA has sent its Risk Management Plan revision to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review, calling for a security increase at high-risk chemical facilities. Among other things, this proposal would require independent third-party audits; root cause investigations for incidents and near misses; analysis of safer chemicals and technologies; and more coordination