Community Expert member Eric J Conn shares an update on the OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Data Submission and Anti-Retaliation Rule. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.
- OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Data Submission and Anti-Retaliation Rule with member Eric J Conn
- Musculoskeletal Disorders: Is Your Workforce Protected? by Michael Kim and Matthew Marino
- Next steps for ISO 45001 September 2017 by member Chris J Ward
- Ask you ISO 45001 questions in our ISO 45001 OHSMS group
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An already vast ocean of incident and illness electronic recordkeeping for American business has become a whole lot deeper and wider, as a result of OSHA’s “new rule” that came into effect this year.
In 2017, more organizations must gather more data and provide more reporting of accident and illness incidents to the U.S. Department of Labor agency. The so-called “new rule” from OSHA will turn a molehill into a mountain as the number of those employers who will be expected to report this data is set to quadruple. Currently about 35,000 large employers submit data annually to OSHA and that number is expected to jump to 130,000. Approximately 150,000 smaller employers who currently submit summary data now includes 500,000 organizations.
Other significant requirements of the new rule include:
- Directing employers to conduct refresher training on recordkeeping requirements.
- The auditing of injury and illness recordkeeping forms.
- Providing training on new
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Companies who are required to comply with OSHA’s Process Safety Management standard (1910:119) should be on high alert now that inspectors are being encouraged to complete more time-consuming, complex investigations.
The reason? OSHA’s new enforcement weighting system. Prior to this year, OSHA inspectors were measured on one primary metric: the number of inspections they completed. Logically, under this system OSHA inspectors were less likely to spend the time on a complicated and lengthy inspection, when they could complete several more straightforward inspections in the same period of time.
That’s now changing. Under OSHA’s new system each inspection is given a weighting, using a new measure called an Enforcement Unit (EU). Process safety management (PSM) inspections are now being given more weight than nearly all other types of inspections.… Read more...
On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:
- The Latest Developments at COP21
- OSHA Launches Webpage to Protect Healthcare Workers from Workplace Violence
- Brazil Mine Accident puts Tailings Ponds Safety Back in Hot Seat
Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!
EHS This Week Resources
For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.
- Updates From COP21’s Climate Change Conference. Click here
- OSHA Launches Webpage to help Protect Healthcare Workers from Workplace Violence. Click here
- Update from Brazil’s Mining Tragedy. Click here
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OSHA recently released the Top 10 most cited standards for their 2015 fiscal year. Making the always-anticipated announcement was Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs. As is now tradition, the announcement took place at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo, which this year was held in Atlanta, Georgia.
We saw very few changes in this year’s list when comparing it with last year’s list, with no movement in the top six OSHA violations on the list. The most cited OSHA violation was Fall Protection once again, but all top ten violations were repeat offenders and had all appeared on the 2014 list.
There was only one change in the order of citations and it was a small one, with the Ladders standard moving up the list from 8th place to 7th, trading places with the Electrical, Wiring Methods standard which was bumped from 7th to … Read more...