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Kyle Meinert

Recent Posts by Kyle Meinert:

OSHA 300a ITA Submission Deadline

Hopefully this isn’t new news to you but the deadline to submit your information off of your OSHA 300a to OSHA directly is coming up! This deadline is separate from posting your 300a in a conspicuous location at your facility. This regulation requires you to visit the OSHA Injury Tracking Application (ITA) via their website and submit your information digitally for each establishment.  Here are few FAQs that may help you on this process.

Who has to submit their information?

Pretty much everyone if you have greater than 20 employees! If you are in the construction or general industry business, then you’re more than likely on the list. For a complete list of industries that are required to submit, visit this link: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/NAICScodesforelectronicsubmission.pdf

Topics: Construction Safety / Compliance

Clarifying OSHA's Anti-Retaliation Rule

On October 11, 2018 OSHA issued a Standard Interpretation to clarify its position on the new recordkeeping rule’s anti-retaliation provisions that were put into place in 2016.  Essentially, they completely reversed their position on previous limitations with safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing. 

According to the memo, OSHA believes that safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing are generally not put into place to penalize employees for reporting injuries.  Rather, they are implemented to promote the safety and health in the workplace.  

How does the new interpretation impact you?  

The original regulation required employers to remove all-inclusive testing rules for post-incident drug testing.  

Topics: Safety / Compliance

10 Most Common OSHA Violations in 2017

OSHA recently released its 10 most frequently cited violations in 2017.

  1. Fall protection: 6,072 citations—Falls from ladders and roofs still account for the majority of injuries at work, and the first step in eliminating or reducing falls is to identify all hazards and decide how to best protect employees.
  2. Hazard communication: 4,176 citations—This standard governs hazard communication to employees about chemicals that are both produced or imported into the workplace. Most violations concern the failure to develop a written hazard training program or failure to provide a Safety Data Sheet for all workplace chemicals.
Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

How to Submit your OSHA Logs Electronically

The deadline to submit your OSHA 300A information electronically is December 31st, 2017. For the first time ever, OSHA will have its teeth into some very compelling data about your organization's safety program. 

Who does this impact?

Establishments with 250 or more employees and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses will be required to submit the information off of the company’s 300A forms.

Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

OSHA Inspection Survival Guide

An OSHA inspector arrives at your door, unannounced, and wants to conduct an inspection of your workplace. What do you do?

Topics: Safety / Compliance

New OSHA Recordkeeping Process

After many roll backs and talks of elimination, OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) website is now live. As many of you remember, this is the first year that we will have to directly submit the information off of our OSHA 300a, 300, 301 logs directly to OSHA via the ITA. The current deadline to submit is December 1st, 2017.

Topics: Safety / Compliance

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Silica Standard for Construction

OSHA originally set an enforcement date of June 23, but has delayed it to September 23 of this year. They delay is due to OSHA wanting "to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers", but it is likely this delay will lead to a cut of this potential new standard. So - what should employers do?

Topics: Construction Safety / Compliance

Senate Votes to Overturn Obama-Era OSHA Rule

On March 23rd, the Senate along with the House voted to overturn OSHA's final ruling that addressed employers' obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injury and illness data. With a 50-48 vote, the Senate passed a joint resolution disapproving the dubbed "Volks" rule, which OSHA issued in the final days of the Obama Administration. 

Anti-Retaliation Rule Has Taken Effect, December 1

Yesterday was the final day that the Texas lawsuit against the OSHA anti-retaliation and discrimination rule could have pushed off the rule to a later date. However, a judge denied the preliminary injunction that would have delayed the enforcement from taking effect as scheduled. As a result of this ruling. the final rule went into effect on December 1, 2016.

Topics: Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

OSHA's Top 10 Violations for 2016

OSHA recently announced its top ten most frequently cited safety violations for workplace safety with its top category including almost 7,000 violations. Do you know how to avoid these common pitfalls when it comes to your employees' health and safety? We share ten tips to avoid these top ten OSHA violations.