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OSHA staff members are often asked, “Why do standards take so long?” In fact, as the
saying goes, if I had a few dollars for each time I have been asked this question, I would be rich.
OSHA is a complex agency involved in various types of work. OSHA staff inspect workplaces;
set enforcement policy; issue guidance; maintain current web pages; develop and deliver
training; administer voluntary programs such as partnerships, alliances and the Voluntary
Protection Programs; conduct oversight of state OSHA programs, consultation agencies and
education centers; and manage and administer in the federal government bureaucracy. The main reason that OSHA standards take so long is because the regulatory process is designed to be slow
The General Duty Clause (GDC), Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, was intended to serve as a “gap filler” to address recognized hazards that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not yet regulated. To establish a violation of the GDC, the Secretary of Labor must prove: (1) that the employer failed to render its workplace free of a hazard which was (2) “recognized” and (3) causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm and (4) that feasible
means exist to free the workplace of the hazard.
The research examines legal strategies for avoiding prosecution by OSHA. Safety and health regulations and standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 often do not protect workers because employers have many legal strategies to avoid OSHA’s prosecution of violative conditions, so regulations need to be reformed. Although OSHA is responsible for enforcement of the Act, evidence demonstrates that employers continue to expose the workforce to unmitigated hazards.
This is a historic document titled "Occupational Safety and Health Laws in the United States, Mexico, and Canada". This document would be of value to those SH&E Professionals with goblal responsibilities including Mexico and Canada. The document gives and overview and summary of each country and then does provide some comparisons.
This Safety 2013 conference presentation provides an update on the ASSE Government Affairs Committee.
This presentation provides training on Hazard Communications, GHS, and Safety Data Sheets.
Employee training on the Globally Harmonized System, Hazard Communications, and Safety Data Sheets.
On March 26, 2012, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) modified its Hazard
Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations’ (UN) Globally Harmonized System
of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The revisions will improve consistency and quality
of information that is provided to both employers and employees concerning chemical hazards and protective measures related to chemical hazards.
The summary of General Industry safety and health standards contained in this booklet are to aid employers, supervisors, workers, health and safety committee members, and safety and
health personnel in their efforts toward achieving compliance with OSHA standards in the workplace.
From fake inspectors to inadequate training providers, con artists can prey on unsuspecting employers. OSHA offers advice on how to identify and report fraud.
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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