A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.
We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety related news that came out during the week ending March 9th.
How To Contest And Reduce OSHA Fines
An article published by the Society For Human Resource Management discusses how OSHA fines can be reduced. The article begins by recommending that an informal conference always be requested pointing out the "potential advantages of an informal conference include:
- Penalty reduction.
- Extension of abatement dates.
- Deletion of citations.
- Reclassification of citations.
- Clarification of abatement procedures or alleged violations.
- A public relations opportunity with the area director.
- The discovery of more facts to ascertain whether to contest the citation"
It then goes on to describe how citations and fines can be challenged.
Read the complete article here
Court Rules Random Alcohol Tests Do Not Violate ADA
Another article published by the Society For Human Resource Management reports that the "The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania dismissed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) case against U.S. Steel Corp. over random alcohol testing for new employees at a plant in western Pennsylvania."
US Steel was conducting random tests for alcohol on probationary employees who work in safety-sensitive positions. The court ruled that this type of random testing does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Read the complete article here
Free Online Ladder Safety Training Updated
OSHA estimates that there are 24,882 injuries and as many as 36 fatalities per year due to falls from stairways and ladders used in construction. Nearly half of these injuries are serious enough to require time off the job. 11,570 lost workday injuries and 13,312
non-lost workday injuries occur annually due to falls from stairways and ladders used in construction. Work on and
around ladders and stairways is hazardous.
The American Ladder Institute has updated its free online ladder safety training. This safety training covers the proper selection, care and safe use of all ladders, including stepladders, single and extension ladders, articulated ladders, and mobile ladders. The update adds support for mobile devices, a Spanish language version of the training, and improved management tools.
Go to the ladder safety training page
OSHA: A Wasteful Regulatory Nightmare or Common Sense That Saves Lives?
The Salary Reporter takes a look at both sides of OSHA in an infographic about what OSHA has accomplished. It presents some interesting statistics. But, keep in mind that interpreting statistics is not always straightforward. For example, in there article Salary Reporter makes that point that in times of high unemployment OSHA increases fines to bring more revenue into the Federal government. But, might it be that increasing OSHA fines contributes to unemployment. Or may there be other factors that impact both OSHA fines and the unemployment rate?
Read the article and see the infographic here
Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending March 2nd
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending February 23rd
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending February 16th
Labels: fall protection, OSHA, OSHA Fines