Safety and Compliance News

  1. Fatal Injuries Rise for First Time Since 2007

    In recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics appearing in its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2019, there were 5,333 fatal work injuries recorded in the U.S. in 2019, a 2 percent increase from the 5,250 recorded in 2018. This is the Read more...
  2. OSHA Introduces Debt Collection Initiative

    OSHA has announced a new initiative designed to better collect citation penalties. The agency is implementing a series of three penalty payment letters to be sent seven, 30 and 60 days after an establishment fails to pay a penalty in a timely manner Read more...
  3. OSHA Updates Its Site-Specific Targeting Directive

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it is updating its inspection program that directs agency enforcement resources to establishments with the highest rates of injuries and illnesses. The Site-Specific Read more...
  4. OSHA Releases Fall 2020 Regulatory Agenda

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released its fall regulatory agenda but things are likely to change when the Biden administration takes office. Three rules are currently in the final stage. These include: Procedures Read more...
  5. Frequently Cited Standards Related to COVID-19 Inspections

    Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through early November, OSHA has issued citations arising from 204 inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $2,856,533. Employers must be vigilant to meet Read more...
  6. Safety Alert Focuses on Ventilation to Fight COVID-19

    Ensuring adequate ventilation throughout the work environment can help to maintain a safe and healthy workplace. OSHA advises employers to work with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professional to consider steps to optimize Read more...
  7. Companies to Pay a Price for Coronavirus-Related Safety Violations

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has taken an aggressive stance when it comes to citing companies for coronavirus-related safety violations. As of early November, the agency issued citations arising from 179 violations. Proposed Read more...
  8. Only 28 Percent of Workers Expect to Return to the Workplace by End of 2020

    As new COVID-19 cases continue to rise, a survey of U.S. employees conducted by The Conference Board finds that only 28 percent expect to return to the workplace by the end of 2020. The survey also reveals that some groups feel more pressure to Read more...
  9. Target Corp to Pay $464,750 in Penalties for Exit and Storage Hazards

    The Department of Labor has executed a region wide corporate settlement agreement with Target Corp. to correct exit access and storage hazards and enhance worker safety at about 200 of the retailer's stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey Read more...
  10. OSHA Offers Guidance for Using Tight-Fitting Powered Air-Purifying Respirators During Coronavirus Pandemic

    OSHA has issued temporary guidance for enforcing initial and annual fit-testing requirements related to tight-fitting powered air-purifying respirators. The action marks the Department’s latest step to ensure the availability of respirators Read more...

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