Category Archives: Legislative News

Jovita Carranza begins as SBA’s 26th administrator

Jovita Carranza begins as SBA’s 26th administrator

  WASHINGTON, DC — Jovita Carranza was sworn in recently as the 26th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). She leads the only federal agency exclusively dedicated to assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs in starting, growing and expanding their businesses and providing targeted recovery support in declared disasters. This is Carranza’s second […]

OSHA stresses limits on computer-based training

OSHA stresses limits on computer-based training

Source: EHS Today David Sparkman The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) takes employee safety training very seriously, and in support of that commitment the agency recently reinforced its stated policy that online and computer training alone for employees is not adequate to meet federal train requirements. “One of the keys that OSHA emphasizes in […]

What to expect from OSHA in 2020

What to expect from OSHA in 2020

Proposed rulemakings and initiatives stand out on the agency’s agenda Source: EHS Today by David Sparkman Don’t expect OSHA to slow down as it enters the fifth decade of its existence, following a year of heightened activity in support of its workplace safety mission. An agency of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), OSHA spent […]

California metal recyclers file suit for injunctive relief to prevent imposition of unnecessary and harmful regulation

DTSC action threatens largest, most successful recycling program in California history SACRAMENTO, CA — After years of attempting to work with the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the California Metal Recyclers Coalition has filed a complaint against DTSC to prevent the unlawful imposition of “hazardous waste” facility permitting requirements on metal shredding and recycling […]

Fall 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

Fall 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

The Trump Administration’s Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Agenda) reports on the actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and long term. Released by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Agenda demonstrates this Administration’s ongoing commitment to fundamental regulatory reform and a reorientation toward reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens on […]

NYS Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) compliance

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) compliance

The NYS Legislature decided not to extend the deadline for enforcement with the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). As a result, operators of “heavy duty vehicles” (“HDV”) that are operated “by or on behalf of” New York State must comply with DERA by December 31, 2019. Below is the updated DERA What is DERA? DEC’s regulations […]

Department of Labor schedules NACOSH meeting

Department of Labor schedules NACOSH meeting

Source: EHS Today A meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) will take place on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. The agenda includes an update on key OSHA initiatives from Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt and remarks from National Institute […]

National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship

National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of National Apprenticeship Week activities, the U.S. Department of Labor today hosted over 200 stakeholders from around the country at the National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship at the Department’s headquarters in Washington D.C. Sponsored by the Department’s Women’s Bureau, the summit – which brought together apprenticeship sponsors, employers, educational […]

OSHA okays new respiratory fit testing protocols

OSHA okays new respiratory fit testing protocols

Source: EHS Today / David Sparkman On Sept. 25, OSHA issued a final rule approving two additional quantitative fit testing protocols for inclusion in its Respiratory Protection Standard. Effective on Sept. 26, the day after they were issued, these new protocols represent an addition to Appendix A of the Respiratory Protection Standard. They are: • […]

MSHA seeking more information on silica black lung

MSHA seeking more information on silica black lung

Source: EHS Today / David Sparkman MSHA issued a Request for Information (RFI) and scheduled a public meeting on the issue for Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C., seeking to gather “information and data on feasible best practices” to protect miners from quartz crystals in respirable dust generated during the process of mining coal, including potential […]

OSHA seeks input for Beryllium exposure requirements

OSHA seeks input for Beryllium exposure requirements

Source: EHS Today OSHA’s new proposed rule is aimed at clearifying the requirements to protect workers from shipyards and construction from beryllium exposure. The agency is seeking feedback to more appropriately tailor the requirements of the standards to the exposures in these industries. The proposal ensures consistency with the general industry standard where appropriate based on a July […]

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia sworn into office

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia sworn into office

WASHINGTON, DC – Following a White House swearing-in event on Sept. 30, led by President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia released the following statement. “I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve in President Trump’s Administration and to lead this great Department where I […]

A cautionary tale: Individuals can be held liable for OSHA fines

A cautionary tale:  Individuals can be held liable for OSHA fines

On the Front Lines with Fisher Phillips by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams What happens if an employer refuses to pay a fine assessed by OSHA? The short answer is that the obligation to pay the penalty doesn’t simply evaporate if a company refuses to comply. In fact, the company isn’t the only one that […]

Repeal of 2015 wetlands proposal will help restore transportation project certainty, ARTBA says

Repeal of 2015 wetlands proposal will help restore transportation project certainty, ARTBA says

The Trump administration’s repeal of a 2015 proposed rule will help restore clarity to federal wetlands regulations and reduce delays to important transportation projects, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says. “The regulatory ping-pong on roadside ditches has created vast uncertainty for years with little environmental benefit,” says ARTBA President & CEO Dave […]

Equal Access to Justice Act may provide relief to recover attorney’s fees related to fighting improper OSHA citations

Equal Access to Justice Act may provide relief to recover  attorney’s fees related to fighting improper OSHA citations

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips: by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams Consider the following situation: OSHA conducted an inspection of your worksite following an accident and issued a serious citation to your company for a lock out/tag out violation. You believe the citation is clearly unfounded for various legal reasons, including the fact […]

What does the new leadership at DOL mean for OSHA and MSHA?

What does the new leadership at DOL mean for OSHA and MSHA?

Source: Safety Law Matters With the departure of Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor, the department immediately got an acting chief who is expected to more closely align with the White House. Meanwhile, the nominee to replace him, Eugene Scalia, is well known for his DOL and workplace safety-related law practice. What do these new […]

U.S. Department of Labor to seek data on protecting miners from exposure to quartz

U.S. Department of Labor to seek data on protecting miners from exposure to quartz

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced that it will publish a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register seeking data on economically and technologically feasible methods to protect miners’ health from exposure to quartz. The RFI includes an examination of an appropriately reduced permissible […]

FMCSA proposes more flexibility on truck driver hour limits

FMCSA proposes more flexibility on truck driver hour limits

No New Construction Exemption On Aug. 14, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced proposed changes in the hours of service restrictions for truck drivers. The proposed rule changes do not impact current, similar short haul exemptions for concrete and asphalt deliveries that allow the 30-minute break to be met by the driver’s waiting […]

A U.S. Federal Court strikes down wetlands proposal for the second time in three months

A U.S. Federal Court strikes down wetlands proposal for the second time in three months

WASHINGTON, DC — A federal district judge has ruled an Obama administration-era wetlands regulation fails to comply with the law, handing the 2015 directive its second defeat since May. The decision is a win for the nation’s transportation construction industry, which is fighting the regulation because it could subject roadside ditches to federal regulations, causing delays and driving […]

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA requests information on Table 1 of the Silica Standard for Construction

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA requests information on Table 1 of the Silica Standard for Construction

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information and comment on Table 1 of the agency’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. OSHA seeks information on additional engineering and work practice control methods to effectively limit exposure to silica for the equipment and tasks currently listed […]

Vice President Mike Pence tours The Manitowoc Company, Inc. Pennsylvania factory, urges Congress to ratify USMCA

Vice President Mike Pence tours The Manitowoc Company, Inc. Pennsylvania factory, urges Congress to ratify USMCA

United States Vice President Mike Pence addressed more than 1,000 Manitowoc employees at an event hosted by the company at its manufacturing facility in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania. The Vice President called on Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and highlighted how the new trade deal will add $68 billion to the U.S. economy […]

NAPA welcomes bipartisan action with the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act

NAPA welcomes bipartisan action with the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act

LANHAM, MD — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) President & CEO Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., P.E., released the following statement today, welcoming the favorable reporting of the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA) by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “NAPA welcomes the introduction of the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act. ATIA includes funding for $287 […]

Vice President Mike Pence to visit the Manitowoc Company, Inc., discuss USMCA

Vice President Mike Pence to visit the Manitowoc Company, Inc., discuss USMCA

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers and The Manitowoc Company, Inc., will host the Honorable Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, at Manitowoc’s Shady Grove, PA facility on Thursday, August 1, to discuss the USMCA and how this new trade deal will benefit Pennsylvania and all of America. The Honorable Mike Pence, Vice President […]

NSSGA applauds the release of the ATIA

NSSGA applauds the release of the ATIA

NSSGA applauds Senate Environment and Public Works Committee release of the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act ALEXANDRIA, VA – National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) President and CEO Michael W. Johnson issued the following statement applauding today’s release of the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA). “We strongly support the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act released today […]

Seeking input on OSHA’s silica exposure rule

Seeking input on OSHA’s silica exposure rule

The CDRA worked to modify OSHA’s employee silica exposure regulation before it officially came out more than a year ago. The rule affected many sectors of the construction industry, including concrete recyclers. We were successful in removing almost all the onerous sections of the rule. The paramount part of the rule is Table 1, which […]