OSHA Penalty Adjustments – Updated NOW for 2018

Matt OlphinNews, Risk Management

In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. The new penalties took effect after August 1, 2016 and increased at the beginning of 2017 and now again at the beginning of 2018. Feel free to share this information with clients and prospects as appropriate using the OSHA New Penalty Schedule for 2018 compiled by our Risk Control Solutions.

Submitting Workplace Injury And Illness Data Electronically To OSHA In 2018 And Beyond

Matt OlphinRisk Management

Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation, as well as establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses may now begin electronically submitting the 2017 data. The deadline for covered establishments to electronically submit 2017 workplace injury and illness information to OSHA is July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted to OSHA by March 2nd. The requirement to provide injury and illness information to OSHA should not be confused with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Annual Survey, a survey some companies receive requesting work-related injury and illness information. From OSHA’s FAQ page asking if establishments …

OSHA Announces Two-Week Deadline Extension For Electronic Reporting of Injury, Illness Data

Matt OlphinNews, Risk Management

OSHA has delayed until Dec. 15 the compliance date for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data. The agency’s final rule is scheduled to be published in the Nov. 24 Federal Register. The delay allows “affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system,” OSHA states in a Nov. 22 press release. Read the full article >>>

Scott Mugno to Head OSHA

Matt OlphinNews, Risk Management

President Donald Trump on Oct. 27 nominated Scott Mugno, vice president of safety, sustainability and vehicle maintenance at FedEx Ground, to lead OSHA as the assistant secretary of labor. If confirmed, Mugno would take over from Loren Sweatt, who has served as acting assistant secretary of labor since July 24. Sweatt is the agency’s deputy assistant secretary of labor and President Trump’s first OSHA appointee. Get more information >>>

Electronically Submit OSHA Injury Data August 1

Matt OlphinRisk Management

OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application will be available Aug. 1, allowing employers to electronically enter their required 2016 injury and illness data from Form 300A, the agency announced July 14. The Improved Track of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule went into effect Jan. 1. The initial compliance deadline was July 1, but OSHA has proposed delaying that deadline until Dec. 1. For more information>>> If you have any questions, contact Matt Olphin, CSP, ARM, Vice President, Risk Control Services at 717.397.9600, ext. 1257.

OSHA to Extend Electronic Recordkeeping Compliance Date

Matt OlphinRisk Management

OSHA announced in an email on May 17th that it intends to delay the July 1, 2017 compliance date for the electronic submission of the 2016 Form 300A. As part of the final rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses issued in May 2016, employers had a phased-in compliance deadline for the electronic submission of recordkeeping forms. For 2017, employers with establishments with 250 or more employees and establishments with less than 250 employees but 20 or more in certain high-risk industries were required to electronically submit their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. However, the secure website that OSHA intended to use for the submission of these recordkeeping forms has not been made available. Further, OSHA stated …

OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations

Matt OlphinRisk Management

OSHA has released the top 10 safety violations for the last fiscal year. If they look familiar – they should! They could have just said “See last year’s list” because it is the same ten violations. The troubling thing is that, even though these violations don’t change from year to year, there is little improvement being made. Last year 4500 workers were killed in the workplace and another 3 million were injured. The list Here is the list of these top 10 violations: 501 – Fall Protection 1200 – Hazard Communication 451 – Scaffolding 134 – Respiratory Protection 147 – Lockout/Tagout 178 – Powered Industrial Trucks 1053 – Ladders 305 – Electrical, Wiring Methods 212 – Machine Guarding 303 – …

Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards: Update to the General Industry Standards

Matt OlphinRisk Management

Beginning in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) first issued 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D, “Walking-Working Surfaces” to help prevent injuries and fatalities resulting from slip, trip, and fall type exposures. Many efforts have been made to update the standard since 1971, and many believe the standard is outdated and does not reflect current technologies available to prevent these types of injuries and fatalities. Falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA estimates that, on average, approximately 202,066 serious (lost-workday) injuries and 345 fatalities occur annually among workers directly affected by the final standard. OSHA has issued a final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces …

New OSHA Rule Effective January 1, 2017 Hits Big Companies First

Matt OlphinBusiness Insurance, Human Resources, Risk Management

New reporting regulations are effective January 1, 2017. What has to be published? According to OSHA as of “Jan. 1, 2017, [OSHA]requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms.” This is covered employers who have 250 or more employees. According to the guidance: OSHA will provide a secure website that offers three options for data submission. First, users will be able to manually enter data into a webform. Second, users will be able to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time. Last, users of automated recordkeeping systems will have the ability to transmit data electronically via …