Category Archives: Legislative News

OSHA sets focus on silica enforcement

OSHA sets focus on silica enforcement

Agency revises National Emphasis Program to further target high-risk industries. Stefanie Valentic Feb 07, 2020 With OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica (RCS) standards now in full effect for the general, maritime and construction industries, the agency has announced a revision to its National Emphasis Program (NEP). The adjustments to the directive were enacted in an effort to […]

EPA looks at 3D printing emissions

EPA looks at 3D printing emissions

Source: EHS Today David Sparkman Jan 16, 2020 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is increasing its scrutiny of 3D printing emissions just as recent predictions say the technology is just beginning to revolutionize manufacturing and the supply chain. Working in cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), EPA is studying possible harmful emissions that […]

OSHA increases 2020 citation penalty amounts

OSHA increases 2020 citation penalty amounts

Source: EHS Today Stefanie Valentic Jan 17, 2020 Effective Jan. 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has increased the maximum allowable penalty amounts for OSHA violations in federally-mandated states. The new numbers are based on the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which former President Barack Obama signed in […]

U.S. Department of Labor revises National Emphasis Program to reduce or eliminate worker exposure to silica

U.S. Department of Labor Revises National Emphasis Program to Reduce or Eliminate Worker Exposure to Silica

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a revised National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in general industry, maritime, and construction. The NEP targets specific industries expected to have the highest numbers of workers exposed […]

Healthcare workplace violence bill passes House and moves to Senate: What employers can expect

Healthcare workplace violence bill passes House and moves to Senate: What employers can expect

Felix Digilov Fisher & Phillips LLP On November 21, 2019, the House of Representatives passed The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Services Workers Act (H.R. 1309) by a 251-159 vote. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), seeks an enforceable federal standard that will require employers to establish comprehensive workplace violence […]