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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.
This presentation covers ergonomic trends and OSHA activities that may likely affect you and your workplace.
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.
The IH Division Officers feel that it is important to present information from various points of view. Please remember that the opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the ASSE.
This article was previously published in the December 6, 1999 issue of LAW WATCH, a legal newsletter from Foley & Lardner, and the opinions expressed are those of the author.
Exponential increases in the number and severity of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs), as well as their associated costs have prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Board of the State of California to propose revisions to the General Industry Safety Orders in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations designed to specifically address and mitigate CTDs. The suggested standard includes many of the key elements that are expected to comprise the federal OSHA Ergonomics Standard. An overview of the primary components of the proffered standard on CTDs is provided in order to provide ergonomics and safety professionals with information on the key provisions.
Normally, OSHA conducts inspections without advance notice. Employers have the right to require compliance officers to obtain an inspection warrant before entering the worksite. Learn more about OSHA inspections in this document.
This is a new two-hour training component emphasizing workers' rights. It is required content in every 10- and 30-hour OSHA Construction, General Industry, and Maritime Outreach course. OSHA developed the component in support of the Secretary of Labor's goal of strengthening the voice of workers on the job. This link will provide the OSHA Outreach Training Program web page containing the training PowerPoint, instructor guide and handouts in English and Spanish. These resources are also included as individual documents in the BoK.
This is a Spanish document. These handouts are for the Introduction to OSHA - OSHA 10 & 30 hour training program and supports the document - "PowerPoint: Introducción a OSHA."
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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