Coal Mining Operators Largely Compliant with New Respirable Dust Standards

MSHA announced today that approximately 99 percent of the respirable coal mine dust samples collected from April 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016, were in compliance

OSHA’s New Electronic Reporting Rule Delayed: But Contains Hidden Employer Obligations Starting November 1, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released its final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injury and illness reports, but if you skipped OSHA’s commentary that accompanies the rule, it would be easy to miss additional notification and anti-discrimination implications for covered employers. OSHA’s position on what may constitute retaliatory adverse actions is

U.S. Manufacturers challenge new OSHA reporting requirements

The Hill reports that the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has filed a lawsuit challenging OSHA’s new workplace injury and illness rule.  The rule requires companies, especially

Huge increase in OSHA and certain MSHA fines announced

OSHA announced an increase to its penalties today of nearly 80 percent and some MSHA fines will increase by several thousand dollars as well.  The new civil penalty amounts, courtesy of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, are applicable only to civil penalties assessed after Aug. 1, 2016, whose associated violations occurred after

MSHA steps up enforcement of rules to live by

On July 1, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration will begin enhanced enforcement of “Rules to Live By,” its initiative of standards commonly cited following mine deaths, and nine underground coal mine exam rule standards focused on the greatest risks to miners in underground coal mines. Beginning July 1, MSHA will

Mine safety chief commemorates MINER Act’s 10th anniversary

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the enactment of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine

MSHA proposes rule on workplace examinations at US metal, nonmetal mines

The proposed rule would strengthen and improve MSHA’s standards for metal and nonmetal working place examinations by requiring that: A competent person examine the working

Final OSHA Rule Issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA has issued its final, revised recordkeeping rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, and requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are

Senators Submit Voluntary Protection Program Act for Consideration

As reported by the Wyoming Business Report, Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi and Colorado Democrat Senator Michael Bennet have sponsored legislation to codify the voluntary protection program

OSHA Publishes Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are monitoring the Zika virus outbreak that is spreading into the United States.  This interim guidance provides employers and workers with information and guidance on preventing occupational exposure to the Zika virus.

San Francisco Mandates Solar Power on New Buildings

The City of San Francisco announced today that it will now mandate solar photovoltaic or solar water panels on all new residential and commercial buildings of 10 floors or less.  The

MSHA Stakeholder Meeting Announced for May 12, 2016 (updated)

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will hold a stakeholder meeting Monday April 25, 2016, with mining industry leaders for Coal and Metal and Nonmetal.

MSHA: 2015 was the safest year in mining history

2015 was the safest year in mining history, both in terms of number of deaths and fatal and injury rates. MSHA maintains that these rates are

OSHA Publishes Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.  View OSHA’s web

New York Times: New Final OSHA Rules to Reduce Silica Exposure at Work Sites to be announced Thursday, March 24 2016

The New York Times broke the news this morning that the Labor Department plans to announce on Thursday new rules that sharply reduce workplace exposure to silica, a potentially deadly mineral found in materials commonly used in construction and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. As reported by the Times: Under the new rules, permitted exposures to silica

Urgent Inspection Bulletin: Safety Recall Issued by Volvo Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the following bulletin based upon a safety recall initiated by Volvo Trucks affecting nearly 20,000 Class 8

Over 10,000 OSHA severe injury reports submitted in 2015 under new rules

OSHA has announced that in the first year of its new reporting requirements, over 10,000 severe work-related injuries were reported to the agency. “In case after

NIOSH issues suggestions to help workers adapt to the time change

Spring is in the air and with it comes the time change to account for daylight savings.  Do not forget to set your clocks forward one hour this

US Government Wants to Protect Workers from Killer Robots

In the late fall of 2015, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published an article and blog entry describing the increasing complexity of robots and proposing a number of recommendations for protecting workers interacting with robotic workers. Readers of Isaac Asimov will immediately think of the three laws of robotics, but 21st

MSHA Implements Phase II of Respirable Dust Rule

On February 1, 2016, Phase II of MSHA’s respirable dust rule went into effect.  It requires mine operators: To use continuous personal dust monitors (CPDMs)

MSHA touts favorable Court of Appeals ruling on coal dust rule

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied a challenge brought by two separate groups representing the coal industry to the final

Three coal mining deaths in 19 days are ‘troubling,’ says MSHA chief

The year of 2016 is not off to a good start in terms of fatalities in the coal mining industry.  MSHA head Joe Main released

US mining deaths dropped to new lows in 2015

Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) indicate that 28 miners died in 2015 in work-related accidents at the nation’s

OSHA at last allows online injury reporting

After revising its reporting requirements in January last year, OSHA has finally enabled the online reporting feature of its website.  To report a fatality or

DOJ and DOL Awaken Forces to Address Environmental and Worker Safety Violations

In what could be a landmark moment in federal environmental and workplace health and safety enforcement, the U.S. Department of Justice and Labor today announced

MSHA issues “Go Home For the Holidays” Safety Alert

MSHA recently issued a special safety alert reminding miners that the holiday season is full of distractions, which often result in accidents and injuries. The

MSHA Wants Your Opinion Regarding New Website

MSHA’s sometimes difficult to navigate website has received a makeover. You can review the msha.gov beta site here. MSHA is soliciting input regarding the new design

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

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 Cal/OSHA rages on. The most recent exchange of barbs occurred

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

MSHA Recognizes 3rd Annual Mine Rescue Day

October 30, 2015 is Mine Rescue Day, a day to honor the brave mine rescuers who put their lives on the line to save others. 

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

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 (leaving penalties very low compared to certain environmental regulations, for

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

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 coal mines, on October 19, 2015, MSHA will hold a public

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 underground coal mines.  The proposed rule would require equipment such