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CWS Files Comments on OSHA’s Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Rule

June 30, 2022

On June 30, CWS and 62 organizations submitted comments on OSHA’s proposed rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. In our comments, we express our deep concerns with the agency’s attempt to require electronic submission of employer summary data and individual employee injury and illness data. As we explained, “OSHA’s proposed rule does not…

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CWS Files Comments on OSHA’s Healthcare ETS

April 25, 2022

On Friday, April 22, CWS filed comments on OSHA’s Interim Final Rule establishing a COVID-19 healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard, “Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings.” Our comments raised several procedural concerns with the rulemaking. Specifically, we addressed 1) OSHA’s lack of transparency and notice in developing the Healthcare ETS and, now, a final standard;…

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OSHA Initiates Enforcement Program on Form 300A Submissions

April 7, 2022

On April 5, OSHA announced it was initiating an enforcement program to identify “employers who failed to submit Form 300A data through the agency’s Injury Tracking Application.” The program will match newly opened inspections against a list of potential entities that did not submit their required Form 300A data and report any matches to the…

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OSHA Issues New Proposal on Improving Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

March 30, 2022

On March 28, OSHA issued a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The rule would require entities with 100 or more employees in specified industries to electronically submit information from their OSHA Forms 300, 301, and 300A on an annual basis to OSHA. The agency plans to post…

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CWS Submits Comments on Heat Injury and Illness Prevention ANPRM

February 8, 2022

On February 4, CWS submitted comments to OSHA on the agency’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Indoor and Outdoor Settings. CWS expressed its support for OSHA’s current approach to addressing heat-related illnesses, including the agency’s Water, Rest, Shade guidance, that is designed to be flexibly applied to meet…

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OSHA Officially Withdraws ETS

January 26, 2022

On January 25, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officially withdrew its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard following the Supreme Court issuing its stay of the rule. The ETS therefore will not go into effect.

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OSHA ETS Stayed by Supreme Court

January 14, 2022

On January 13, the Supreme Court stayed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, halting implementation of the rule nationwide. The  6-3 decision temporarily stays the rule pending the outcome of a decision on the merits by the Sixth Circuit and any subsequent petition for review of that…

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Congressional Republicans Introduce Challenge to OSHA ETS

November 19, 2021

On November 17, Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Rep. Fred Keller (R-PA) introduced SJRes 29 and HJRes 65, Congressional Review Act (CRA) challenges to OSHA’s vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS). All 50 Republican Senators and over 190 Republican Representatives have cosponsored their respective joint resolutions. The CRA allows Congress to challenge rules issued…

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CWS Requests Extension to Heat Illness Comment Period

November 9, 2021

On November 9, the Coalition for Workplace Safety requested an additional 60 days for the comment period on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s heat injury and illness prevention advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM). The coalition asked OSHA to double the current comment period, which is only 60 days, to a full 120 days.…

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CWS Requests Extension to OSHA ETS Comment Period

November 8, 2021

On November 8, the Coalition for Workplace Safety submitted a request to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration asking the agency to extend the comment period on its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard for an additional 60 days. The current comment period, which only provided 30 days for the public to provide input,…

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