Nominee for OSHA Lead Advances for Senate Approval

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is one step closer to taking over after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved Scott Mugno’s nomination on December 13, 2017.

The vote for Mr. Mugno, who has worked as the vice president for safety, sustainability and vehicle maintenance at FedEx Ground among other positions at the company, was split along party lines with all of the Republican senators in support, according to EHS Today.

If approved, Mr. Mugno would become the assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. His nomination will now be sent to the full U.S. Senate. No date has yet been set for the final vote.

According to OSHA’s organizational chart, Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt currently serves as the administration’s highest ranking official as of December 15.

In total, the HELP committee approved seven nominations in the Departments of Education and Labor on December 13, 2017.

OSHA’s Electronic Reporting Deadline Looms

The extended deadline for affected employers for OSHA’s electronic reporting system is coming up on Friday, December 15, 2017.

Who needs to electronically report?

Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and business with 20 to 249 employees in specific industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. Keep in mind that certain states have OSHA-approved State Plans that have not, as of yet, adopted the requirement to submit electronic OSHA injury and illness reports. Businesses in these states — California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming — are not currently required to submit electronic data to OSHA through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA).

What is the ITA’s purpose?

The ITA’s intent is to improve the overall tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses, and provide better recordkeeping management to affected establishments. According to a press release, OSHA is currently reviewing other provisions of the new final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, and will published proposed reconsiderations or revisions to portions of its rule in 2018.

Check out our video OSHA’s Electronic Reporting and what it means for your business:

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OSHA Releases Final Numbers for Top 10 Cited Standards in 2017

The counts are in, and OSHA has released the final numbers in their annual Top 10 Violations for the 2017 fiscal year. Preliminary numbers were released at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Indianapolis in September 2017.

The final numbers for the top 10 OSHA violations did not change the preliminary rankings of the top 10. Fall Protection remained well secured in the top spot with more than 2,200 more citations than the second highest violation, Hazard Communication.

Watch our breakdown of the 2017 Top 10 OSHA Violations in our latest safety video below!

OSHA’s Top 10 Most-Cited Violations for Fiscal Year 2017

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements: 6,887 violations
    • Standard: 1926.501
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 1 (6,906 violations)
  2. Hazard Communication: 4,652 violations
    • Standard: 1910.1200
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking 2 (5,665 violations)
  3. Scaffolding: 3,697 violations
    • Standard: 1926.451
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 3 (3,900 violations)
  4. Respiratory Protection: 3,381 violations
    • Standard: 1910.134
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 4 (3,573 violations)
  5. Lockout/Tagout: 3,131 violations
    • Standard: 1910.147
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 5 (3,406 violations)
  6. Ladders: 2,567 violations
    • Standard: 1926.1053
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 7 (2,625 violations)
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks: 2,349 violations
    • Standard: 1910.178
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 6 (2,855 violations)
  8. Machine Guarding: 2,109 violations
    • Standard: 1910.212
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 8 (2,448 violations)
  9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,724 violations
    • Standard: 1926.503
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: Was Not Ranked
  10. Electrical – Wiring Methods: 1,530 violations
    • Standard: 1910.305
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 9 (1,937 violations)

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Electronic Injury Submission Delay Comes Closer

The Office of Management and Budget completed its review of OSHA’s proposed final rule for the compliance date of electronic injury and illness data submission.

In November 2017, OSHA submitted a final rule to extend the compliance date to December 15, 2017. The original compliance date was July 1, 2017. According to Safety and Health Magazine, the last step to enact the change is publication in the Federal Register. 

Employers are already required to record this injury and illness data, but now must submit the date in an online application that will then be publicly available in a standardized format.

OSHA believes that this will encourage employers to improve their workplace safety, while also allowing researchers a way to easily examine data to identify new workplace hazards before they become widespread. Plus, the rule has anti-retaliation protection, which will encourage employees to report workplace hazards.

Many companies, but not all, are required to comply with this standard. Businesses with 250 or more employees must electronically submit information from the OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301. Businesses with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk injuries must submit data from OSHA Form 300A.

Safety and Health Magazine also reported that in a Nov. 15 committee meeting, Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta said OSHA is still improving the rule.

“We are balancing the issues of privacy – because it was asking for some information that was very detailed and that identified individuals – with the needs (sic) to get information so that we can engage in appropriate and targeted enforcement,” he said.

The electronic injury submission website has hit a few bumps this year. In August 2017, OSHA shut down the application after a potential security breach. A further scan found that no breach occurred and no user data was compromised. The application was shut down for about two weeks.

To ensure your recordkeeping practices are up to standard, contact our team of OSHA experts today at 1-800-204-1729.

Crane Operator Certification Compliance Required by November 2018

Construction employers now officially have one more year to comply with a crane operator certification requirement.

A few months back, we wrote about the rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) when it was proposed in early September 2017. OSHA accepted public comment on the proposal throughout the month.

With the new final rule now in effect, employers must comply with the certification requirement by November 10, 2018. Originally, this deadline was scheduled for November 2017.

According to OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks Rule, there are four options for crane operator certification:

  • Certification by an independent testing organization accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Qualification by an employer’s independently audited program
  • Qualification by the U.S. military
  • Compliance with qualifying state or local licensing requirements

In 2015, cranes were listed as the primary or secondary source in 44 fatal worker injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Cranes and Derricks final rule was issued in August 2010, and then, in response to stakeholder concerns, the separate certification rule was published in September 2014.

OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) recommended delaying enforcement of the certification requirement and extending the employer assessment responsibilities for the same period, according to an OSHA news release.

 The week of January 22, 2018, SCT will host a multi-day crane operator certification course at our office in Middleburg Heights, OH. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible. Contact us at 1-800-204-1729 or use the contact form below.








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FedEx Vice President Nominated to Lead OSHA

President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Scott Mugno to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), established by the OSH Act in 1970, is a federal agency tasked with ensuring the safety and health of workers across the United States.

Mugno is currently the Vice President for Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle Maintenance at FedEx Ground in Pittsburgh, PA. Previously, he was the Managing Director for FedEx Express Corporate Safety, Health and Fire Protection in Memphis, TN. He has been employed at the company since 1994.

Mugno also twice received the company’s highest honor, the FedEx Five Star Award, for his safety leadership, according to the White House’s statement.

According to EHS Today, Mugno oversees 200 EHS and maintenance employees across four departments who are “focused on creating a safe work environment for 95,000 team members and the public.”

If Mugno’s nomination is approved, he will replace Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt, who has held that position since July 2017.

New Bill Would Require Safety Review of Federal Contractors

Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives in an effort to make federal contractors more accountable for the safety of their employees.

If the Contractor Accountability and Workplace Safety Act passes into law, the Department of Defense (DoD) must review past labor law violations of contractors that bid on contracts worth $1 million or more. The contracting officers who decide which companies are awarded contracts must check OSHA inspection records of the contractors and subcontractors, according to Safety and Health Magazine.

Additionally,  the DoD must train these officers on how to evaluate the safety records. The Government Accountability Office would also review DoD’s procedures to ensure they are being carried out effectively.

This bill, introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), is similar to a bill introduced by Sen. Diane Warren (D-MA) earlier this year.

In March 2017, the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which required some federal contractors to disclose any of a set of 14 labor law violations during the past three years, was revoked.

Currently, potential government contractors are reviewed, but the the vetting process focuses more on “business related behavior and not on worker protections,” according to Safety and Health Magazine.

Trying to earn a government contract? Ensure your safety programs reach all standards by contacting the experts at SCT. Call at 1-800-204-1729 or use the contact form below.

 








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OSHA Top 10 Violations for 2017 Released

At last week’s National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Indianapolis, the NSC released the preliminary OSHA Top 10 Violations list for the 2017 fiscal year.  The data includes violations through Sept. 4.

Once again, general fall protection requirements topped the list with more than 6,000 citations, almost 2,000 more than second-place hazard communication. The top five remained unchanged from 2016, with ladders moving up to sixth and powered industrial trucks falling to one spot to seventh.

Fall protection training is a new entry in the 2017 list, taking 9th place with 1,523 citations. General electrical requirements fell out of the top 10.

The full list according to the NSC:

  • Fall Protection; General Requirements (1926.501) – 6,072
  • Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 4,176
  • Scaffolding (1926.451) – 3,288
  • Respiratory Protection (1910.134) –  3,097
  • Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) –  2,877
  • Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,241
  • Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,162
  • Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 1,933
  • Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) – 1,523
  • Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 1,405

“The OSHA Top 10 is more than just a list, it is a blueprint for keeping workers safe,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman in a news release. “When we all work together to address hazards, we can do the best job possible to ensure employees go home safely each day.”

The finalized data is set to be released in December 2017.

At SCT, we can help your company identify and eliminate all of these hazards. Whether it’s through on-site workplace audits, complete safety program development, or refresher training for employees and supervisors, our team of experts will help you reach your safety goals.

Contact us today online or call us at 1-800-204-1729.

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OSHA construction silica enforcement is SATURDAY!

Heads up construction companies, OSHA’s silica enforcement starts on Saturday, September 23, 2017!

SCT’s staff of occupational safety and health experts has the training and skills to help your company transition into this new standard.

During his time working for OSHA, Mr. Bielema helped develop the new silica standard. Mr. Bielema’s most recent position with OSHA was as Area Director for the Peoria, IL, office. The new rule went into effect in June 2016, but the enforcement date was delayed to allow for companies to align their programs and policies with the new standard and conduct necessary updated training.

Mr. Bielema has developed a brand new training course for SCT that will bring you and your employees up to speed on the new regulations. Watch our conversation with Mr. Bielema to find out more details about who is impacted by the new rule, what you need to do to become OSHA compliant, and how to best protect your employees.

Need to update your silica training? Call the safety experts at SCT at 1-800-204-1729, or contact us through our online contact page!

OSHA Looking to Postpone Crane Operator Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants to extend the deadline for crane operator certification that is scheduled to go into effect in November of this year.

In Sept. 2014, OSHA issued a final rule that set the crane operator requirement deadline for November 2017. OSHA’s new proposed rule would push back the deadline to Nov. 10, 2018. According to OSHA’s press release, the additional time is to “address stakeholder concerns.”

OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard lays out four options for crane operators to become certified:

  • Certification by an independent testing organization accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Qualification by an employer’s independently audited program
  • Qualification by the U.S. military
  • Compliance with qualifying state or local licensing requirements

Those wanting to comment on the deadline delay can do so online at http://www.regulations.gov , by fax to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693–1648, or by mail to OSHA Docket Office, RIN No. 1218–AC86, Technical Data Center, Room N–3508, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20210.

Comments must be submitted by Sept. 29, 2017.

For all of your occupational safety and health needs, contact the experts at SCT by calling 1-800-204-1729.