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Trump Makes Moves, Puzder Waits in the Wings, Congress Readies for Battle

Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Government Affairs Update, American Society of Safety Engineers

ASSE RegBrief Examines OSHA's Walking/Working Surfaces Rule

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
In latest ASSE's RegBrief, Adele Abrams, the Society's federal representative, reviews key changes made in OSHA's walking and working surfaces rule, shares key compliance dates and highlights other standards affected by the changes.

Trump Administration Freezes Regulations Pending Review

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
In an e-mail on Jan. 25, 2017, Bruce Lundegren, assistant chief counsel from the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, advised small business representatives about the Trump administration's "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” memorandum, which was issued to heads of executive departments and agencies on Jan. 20. The memorandum "is designed to ensure that the President's appointees or [...]

Court of Appeals Disallows OSHA Revision of PSM Retail Establishment Exemption

Friday, September 30, 2016
The DC Court of Appeals recently vacated OSHA's July 22, 2015 memorandum on Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals and Application of the Retail Exemption. Specifically, the Court of Appeals held the July 22, 2015, enforcement memo was a “standard” under the OSH Act and, therefore, required notice and comment in accordance with section 6 of the OSH Act.

OSHA Alliance Construction Roundtable White Paper Aims to Reach Small Contractors

Friday, September 30, 2016
The OSHA Alliance Construction Roundtable has published a white paper, "Proposed Strategies for the Occupational Safety and Health Community to More Effectively Reach Small Contractors in Residential Construction," that aims to help OSH professionals reach small residential construction contractors.

OSHA & MSHA Penalties Significantly Raised

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an interim final rule raising civil penalties by nearly 80% in some cases, for occupational and mine safety and health violations, and certain other types of employment law infractions. The stated goal for the increase in all agencies was to conform to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, as amended in 2015.

CSB Warns of Danger in Hot Work on Tanks Containing Biological or Organic Material

Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigators were deployed the Omega Protein facility in Moss Point, Mississippi, following a July 28, 2014 tank explosion that killed contract worker and severely injuring another.

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