Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plays a large role in regulating, monitoring, educating, and investigating America's workplaces. As such, the coalition closely monitors OSHA and its efforts.

OSHA Issues Proposed Rulemaking Allowing Nonemployees into Workplaces

August 31, 2023

On August 29, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its new notice of proposed rulemaking on its process for employees to designate a worker walkaround representative. The proposal allows employees to authorize third parties, including labor unions or community organizers, to accompany an OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officer during a facility inspection when they are “reasonably…

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OSHA Issues Rulemaking Reinstating Obama-era Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements

July 18, 2023

On July 17, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its final rule expanding reporting requirements for injury and illness data for employers in high-hazard industries. The rule takes effect on January 1, 2024. The rule requires certain employers to electronically submit to OSHA information from their OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and…

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OSHA Announces Targeted Regulatory Activity for 2023

January 6, 2023

On January 4, 2023, the Biden administration issued its Fall 2022 Regulatory Agenda, in which each federal agency announces its planned regulatory activity for the upcoming year. OSHA included several rulemakings CWS has been following and opposing, as well as two new items that are deeply concerning. Heat Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work…

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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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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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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

November 5, 2021

On November 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard. The ETS applies to private sector employers with 100 or more employees throughout their company. The ETS requires employers to: develop, implement, and enforce mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies or vaccination-or-testing policies; determine and keep a roster of…

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OSHA Announces Enforcement, Rulemaking on Heat-Related Hazards

September 20, 2021

On September 20, OSHA announced its new enforcement initiative to combat the hazards associated with extreme heat exposure both indoors and outdoors. OSHA is also developing a National Emphasis Program on heat inspections targeting high-risk industries and launching a rulemaking process to develop a workplace heat standard. An Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on heat injury and…

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Biden Issues Executive Order Calling for Second COVID-19 ETS

September 9, 2021

On September 9, President Biden announced his six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. This included a significant escalation of his efforts to get the eligible population vaccinated against the virus. One piece of this plan includes a new emergency temporary standard from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that will require employers with…

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