An industry contact recently asked me what five issues I expected OSHA would be focusing its enforcement efforts on for the balance of this year. Here was my response:
1. Emergency Exits & Exit Routes – A couple of months ago, OSHA issued an enforcement memorandum directing inspectors to scrutinize whether employers were providing and maintaining adequate means of emergency exit; i.e., unlocked, unobstructed, and clearly marked exit doors and exit routes in compliance with 29 C.F.R. 1910.36. We ...
By Eric Conn, Head of the OSHA Practice Group
We recently had an article published by the Washington Legal Foundation entitled "OSHA Continues Trend of Informally Imposing New Rules." The article expanded on an earlier post here on the OSHA Law Update Blog regarding OSHA's attempts to circumvent Formal Notice and Comment Rulemaking by changing regulatory requirements through interpretation letters, directives, and enforcement memoranda. Here is a link to the original post.
Below is an excerpt from the expanded article, published this week in Washington Legal ...
Last week, the leaders of the grain industry in North Dakota gathered for their annual conference, this year the Centennial gathering of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association. I had the privilege of speaking at the conference, and share some background about OSHA's increasing focus on the grain handling industry, a review of grain handlers' rights vis-a-vis OSHA, and some strategies and tips for preparing for and managing an OSHA inspection. I also had the opportunity to speak about OSHA's approach to inspections in the grain industry at the National Grain & Feed ...
By: Kara M. Maciel
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in Norfolk, Virginia has announced that it will be stepping up its compliance audits and enforcement efforts against area hotels. In the past few years, the DOL stated it found violations at about 60% of local hotels. According to the DOL, the agency recently made spot checks at 10 area hotels since April. This is just one part of the agency’s nationwide enforcement program and its “Plan/Prevent/Protect” initiative against the hospitality industry. Common violations assessed by the DOL include:
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