Category Archives: Regulation

CWS Sends Letter To House of Reps on H.R. 5663

Today, the Coalition for Workplace Safety sent a letter to Members of the House of Representatives regarding the concerns of many in the employer community about H.R. 5663, the “Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010,” as it awaits floor action. For printable PDF, click here. The letter reads: July 26, 2010 To the Members […]

Coalition Sends Letter on HR 5663 Markup

Today, the Coalition for Workplace Safety sent a letter detailing its concerns over H.R. 5663, the “Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010” as the House Committee on Education and Labor prepares to mark the bill up. (Printable PDF here). July 20, 2010 Dear Chairman Miller, Ranking Member Kline: The Coalition for Workplace Safety (CWS) […]

WSJ: “Employer Groups Criticize Mine-Safety Bill”

In case you missed it, the Wall Street Journal was one of the key media outlets to take note of employer opposition to the misguided H.R. 5663, titled “Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010.” While detailing parts of the bill that would address rules governing mines, it went on to highlight the bill’s elements […]

CWS Testifies Before House on HR 5663 (Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010)

Today, the Coalition for Workplace Safety testified before the House of Representatives House Education and Labor Committee regarding the employer community’s significant concerns with H.R. 5663, the “Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010”. Click here to read the prepared testimony of Jonathan Snare of law firm Morgan Lewis. Full text below the fold.

BRT: Admin efforts “increasing costs without enhancing workplace safety”

The Business Roundtable has issued a letter to White House budget director Peter Orszag about the group’s concerns over potentially misguided efforts that will do little (if anything) to boost workplace safety while raising the burden on employers. Regarding the “Protecting America’s Workers Act” BRT writes (with our emphasis in bold): The Administration’s policy to […]

June 18th: Today’s The Day For Severe Violators Policy

OSHA announced on June 18 that the effective date of its “severe violators” policy would be … June 18. From the trade release: WASHINGTON – OSHA announced today that the Severe Violators Enforcement Program directive is effective June 18th. The agency announced in April that it was implementing the program to focus on employers who […]

New OSHA Training Requirements

Just an FYI from OSHA: “Introduction to OSHA,” a new training component emphasizing workers’ rights, is required content in every OSHA 10- and 30-hour Outreach Training Program class. OSHA developed the information in support of the Secretary of Labor’s goal of strengthening the voice of workers. Read the details here.

Recap: Slips, Trips, and Falls

Brad Hammock of the Jackson Lewis OSHA Law Blog takes a look at the recently proposed OSHA rule on slips, trips, and falls. Hammock recaps some of the key elements: OSHA reiterates the application of the general housekeeping requirement to combustible dust and seeks comment on whether this should be explicitly included in the final […]

OSHA Issues NPRM on Walking-Working Surfaces

An OSHA trade news release for your review: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced in a notice of proposed rulemaking published in today’s Federal Register its plans to require improved worker protection from tripping, slipping and falling hazards on walking and working surfaces. A public hearing on the revised […]

OSHA Increasing Penalties To Act As Deterrents

On April 22 OSHA released a memo describing how they will be changing their penalty assessments to increase them as a deterrent. In general it will be harder to qualify for reductions (e.g. the length of time for review of previous citations will be increased from 3 to 5 years) and easier to qualify for […]