Is OSHA Hazard Communication Standard on “The Bucket List”?

Jack Nicholson once famously said, “The minute that you're not learning, I believe you're dead.” Nowhere is that more true than learning to comply with the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Hazard Communications Standard. In this article, we’ll pay homage to the man who has been the epitome of cool for a generation and hopefully help you avoid “Anger Management” by [...]

2023-07-25T10:49:38-04:00February 14th, 2023|

FY 2021 OSHA Fines and Violations Roundup for Healthcare

While the pandemic raged in FY 2021, enforcement efforts of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) fines and violations within healthcare totaled nearly $3.7 million. 2,786 Inspections Result in $3,684,769 OSHA Fines and Violations According to their website, OSHA conducted more than 2,786 inspections of healthcare-related businesses between Oct 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021. At least 14.6 percent of the [...]

2023-07-27T13:56:57-04:00February 1st, 2022|

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard

The U.S. Supreme Court today (January 13, 2022) issued a stay of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard that would have forced all private employers in the country with more than 100 workers to require COVID-19 vaccinations or masks and weekly testing for unvaccinated staff. The Supreme Court’s ruling effectively blocks all federal enforcement of the OSHA ETS. [...]

2023-07-27T14:38:34-04:00January 13th, 2022|

Illinois Adopts OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) filed new rules on January 7, 2022, to formally adopt the federal agency's OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). Details of Illinois OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards While the rules were effective immediately, Illinois employers with more than 100 employees have until January 24, 2022, to begin complying with the requirements of the OSHA ETS, which include developing [...]

2023-07-27T14:39:35-04:00January 13th, 2022|

Second Cal OSHA ETS Revision Goes Live January 14, 2022

The second round of revisions to the Cal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) will begin to be enforced on January 14, 2022. First enacted in November 2020, the Cal OSHA ETS regulations were designed to address the threat of COVID-19 in the workplace. What’s Unchanged with the Cal OSHA ETS Revision? Some things have not changed with the update.  The Cal OSHA [...]

2023-07-27T14:40:57-04:00January 12th, 2022|

OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) Deadline Looms

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard on January 13, 2022. The ruling effectively blocks federal enforcement of the OSHA ETS. The order does not affect enforcement by state agencies who chose to adopt the federal standards in their states. Barring a stay from the U.S Supreme Court the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will [...]

2023-07-27T15:10:37-04:00January 5th, 2022|

OSHA COVID-19 Enforcement is Now Prioritized

The United States Department of Labor (DOL), the federal agency that enforces OSHA law, has issued new OSHA enforcement guidance. The guidance is intended to be time-limited to the current COVID-19 public health crisis. Under the new guidance, OSHA has prioritized elimination and control of workplace exposure to SARS-Co-V-2, the cause of COVID-19. More about OSHA COVID-19 enforcement is discussed below. Updated OSHA COVID-19 Enforcement Strategy [...]

2023-07-28T13:36:06-04:00April 23rd, 2021|

Coronavirus Violations Leads to Long Island Nursing Home OSHA Fines

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which sets and enforces standards for workplace safety, recently cited a Long Island, New York nursing and rehabilitation center, for alleged violations related to coronavirus guidelines. The citation contains a $15,422 fine. The citation and fines for the facility’s alleged coronavirus violations are discussed below. Coronavirus Violations: What Did the Healthcare Facility Fail to Do? In a November 20, 2020 [...]

2023-07-31T14:24:09-04:00November 30th, 2020|