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OSHA Standards Why Do They Take So Long?, Jim Maddux

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 and deliberate.


652 Environmental Health and Safety Issues Affecting a K-12 School District, Juliette Travous

Most everyone in the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) business knows that school districts, by law, must manage the asbestos in their buildings; however many have no idea the vast array of other EHS issues that affect the operations and maintenance of a school district, especially the larger metropolitan school districts. School districts are like a small city or other governmental district that have many complex and integrated functions and departments spread out over a multitude of buildings and campuses that support and/or make up the structure of the organization. Asbestos, lead based paint, radon and other indoor air quality issues are just the tip of the iceberg.


611 OSHA's General Duty Clause: A Guide to Enforcement and Legal Defenses, Adele L. Abrams

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.


Legal Strategies for Avoiding OSHA Prosecution, Stephen W. Burge

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.


Occupational Safety and Health Laws in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, Governments of the United States, Mexico, and Canada

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.


ASSE Government Affairs Committee Update - VIDEO, Jim Thornton

This Safety 2013 conference presentation provides an update on the ASSE Government Affairs Committee.


PowerPoint: Hazard Communications, GHS, and Safety Data Sheet Training 2013, Jay Brakensiek

This presentation provides training on Hazard Communications, GHS, and Safety Data Sheets.


PowerPoint: Safety Data Sheets, Globally Harmonized System, and Hazard Communications Training, Jay Brakensiek

Employee training on the Globally Harmonized System, Hazard Communications, and Safety Data Sheets.


Revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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.


General Industry Digest, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

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.


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