MSHA Wants Your Opinion Regarding New Website

MSHA’s sometimes difficult to navigate website has received a makeover. You can review the beta site here. MSHA is soliciting input regarding the new design via a “Feedback button.” We encourage you to check it out.

Watch your back! NSSGA and MSHA Alliance Offer Poster on Improper Lifting

The National Stone, Sand, & Gravel Association (“NSSGA”) in cooperation with the MSHA Alliance has released a handy new infographic to help prevent injuries related to materials handling in the agreegates industry. According to NSSGA, “Improper lifting, loading and handling of materials caused 27 percent of all aggregate industry injuries, according to a new safety

Battle Between Adult Film Industry And Cal/OSHA Continues

In follow up to an earlier WSR post, the battle between the adult film industry and

OSHA Fines to Increase Significantly

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the federal budget deal just signed into law by President Obama increases OSHA penalties by as much as 80%, and the final penalty amounts will be established by the agency within the next year. This is the first time penalties will be raised since 1990.

MSHA Recognizes 3rd Annual Mine Rescue Day

October 30, 2015 is Mine Rescue Day, a day to honor the brave mine rescuers

NIOSH Issues New Skin Notation Profiles

NIOSH Skin Notation Profiles are warnings related to risks associated with workplace skin exposures to chemicals. In a Federal Register Notice issued today, NIOSH has released profiles for 15 new chemicals, including nicotine.

OSHA Chief Dr. David Michaels Updates Congress on Enforcement Efforts

Noting that the Occupational Health and Safety Act has not been updated in over 44 years

MSHA announces public hearings on proposed rule on proximity detection systems

MSHA will soon hold several hearings regarding the Agency’s proposed rule addressing Proximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Coal Mines, published on September 2, 2015. We previously discussed the proposed rule here. The hearings will be held in Denver, CO; Birmingham, AL; Beaver, WV; and Indianapolis, IN. See the table below for locations,

MSHA seeking info on escape and refuge options for underground coal

To gather information on issues and options relevant to miners’ escape and refuge in underground

MSHA proposes rule to prevent crushing, pinning deaths and injuries

MSHA will publish a new proposed rule on September 2, 2015 pertaining to haulage machinery in

Workplace Violence – A National Crisis

Like you, I am shocked and saddened by the shootings of two young journalists and a local citizen during a live news broadcast in Virginia this morning. This tragedy particularly hit home for me because a member of my family works as a television journalist. Yes, this was a crime, but we must not forget

OSHA looks to alternative dispute resolution to reduce explosion in whistleblower complaints

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued revised policies and procedures for applying a new process for resolving whistleblower disputes. The new process is an early resolution process that is to be used as part of a regional Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. OSHA maintains in its press release that the ADR program

Wyoming Chooses Not to Audit Its State Plan

The Wyoming Legislature’s Management Audit Committee has decided not to pursue a study  of Wyoming’s state-run OSHA office despite releasing a scoping paper earlier this month outlining the potential evaluation of the agency.  A copy of the committee’s scoping paper can be found here.  The study would have evaluated the effectiveness of the Wyoming’s OSHA office.

OSHA Proposes Simplified Process For Changes To State Plans

OSHA has proposed to streamline the process for changes to state plans. The proposal would allow revisions to state plan descriptions without going through formal rulemaking or publication in the Code of Federal Regulations. Among other things, these descriptions cover Voluntary Protection Plan (VPP) requirements in state plan jurisdictions. OSHA has two alternative paths for

OSHA updates National Emphasis Program on amputations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Amputations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, manufacturing employers report that 2,000 workers suffered amputations in 2013. “Workers injured from unguarded machinery and equipment can suffer permanent disability or lose their lives,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for