Category Archives: Legislative News

MSHA updates its penalties, topping out at $266,275 per violation

Source: SafetyLawMatters.com By Avi Meyerstein on January 24, 2019 POSTED IN ENFORCEMENT UPDATES, MSHA A regular MSHA citation that hits all the high notes in terms of penalty points will cost as much as $72,620 in 2019 (based on company size, prior violations, negligence, and gravity), MSHA announced yesterday. A flagrant MSHA violation – the most […]

Nominees for safety agencies OSHA and FMSHRC sent back to the Senate. Will they pass (and when)?

Source: Safety Law Matters By Avi Meyerstein on January 24, 2019 POSTED IN MSHA, OSHA The White House has re-nominated several safety agency nominees, whose nominations expired when the last Congress adjourned. These include Scott Mugno, nominated to serve as OSHA’s leader, and three nominees to be judges on the Federal Mine Safety and Health […]

U.S. Department of Labor publishes new FAQ on controlling silica in general industry

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has posted new frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the agency’s standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry. OSHA developed the FAQs in consultation with industry and union stakeholders to provide guidance to employers and employees on the standard’s requirements, such […]

Repeal of proprietary products rule will promote innovation & provide states more flexibility

WASHINGTON, DC – The repeal of a 103-year old federal procurement rule would remove a major regulatory roadblock and “spur investment in and deployment of new technologies that promise to help advance safety, alleviate traffic congestion and improve our nation’s highways,” the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Jan. 14 told the U.S. Department of […]

2019 OHSA initiatives and important dates

Key OSHA Dates OSHA has released important dates for compliance assistance and outreach. Check out the list below to remain informed in 2019!