HR Support on OSHA Regulations

Editor's Note: Create a safe and healthy place of employment.

Ashley ShawOverview: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the division of the Department of Labor in charge of creating and enforcing workplace safety and health. With limited exceptions, OSHA regulates almost all private industry workers in states that do not have their own, OSHA-approved state plan.

OSHA creates regulations for several specific industries, as well as general regulations for all industries; it conducts inspections of workplaces to make sure employers are complying with applicable standards; and it issues citations for violations. To make compliance easier, OSHA also offers many compliance programs to help employers create safer workplaces and to encourage and recognize the workplaces that go above and beyond, as well as to put extra pressure on those workplaces that consistently fail to follow the regulations.

Along with the health and safety regulations, OSHA also has several recordkeeping and posting requirements that almost all regulated employers must follow. Most employers that fall under OSHA must fill out the OSHA logs every year, as well as post a total injury and illness record in a conspicuous place every year from February 1 to April 30. At all times, employers must have the OSHA Job Safety and Health: It's the Law poster hanging in the workplace.

Trends: OSHA recently updated its Hazard Communication Standard to better conform to the Globally Harmonized System. With a series of rolling deadlines, employers need to update their written programs, training requirements, safety data sheets and labels and warnings.

Author: Ashley Shaw, JD, Legal Editor

Latest items in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

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    Type:
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    Date:
    18 February 2015
    Type:
    News

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued several citations to the nation's largest furniture retailer, Ashley Furniture, for willful, serious and repeat violations of health and safety standards.

  • Whistleblower Protections Handbook Statement: Rhode Island

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Rhode Island employers should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

  • OSHA Form 300A Deadline Approaching

    Date:
    26 January 2015
    Type:
    News

    Employers subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) recordkeeping requirements must post Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, by February 1. The form should remain posted until April 30.

  • OSHA Issues Largest Punitive Award in a Federal Railroad Safety Act Retaliation Claim

    Date:
    22 January 2015
    Type:
    News

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which enforces over 20 different whistleblower statutes, has issued the largest ever punitive damages award in a retaliation claim under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA).

  • Whistleblower Protections Handbook Statement: New Hampshire

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    New Hampshire employers seeking to encourage and demonstrate compliance with the New Hampshire Whistleblowers' Protection Act (NHWPA or the Act) should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

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    Type:
    Employment Law Manual

    In-depth review of the spectrum of New Hampshire employment law requirements HR must follow with respect to employee discipline.

  • Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements Final Rule Set to Be Implemented

    Date:
    30 December 2014
    Type:
    News

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) final rule on Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements is set to be implemented this Thursday, January 1, 2015.

  • Whistleblower Protections Handbook Statement: Delaware

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Delaware employers with four or more employees that seek to inform employees about protections provided by the Delaware Whistleblowers Protection Act (DWPA), help fulfill notice obligations under the DWPA and help ensure that employees who engage in activity protected under the DWPA are not subject to retaliation should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

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    Type:
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