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Monday, March 10, 2014

Safety News Briefs - Maine Opposes OSHA Plan For Online Safety Data

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 and articles that came out during the past week. If you have safety news, or safety tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Maine Opposes OSHA Plan To Put Workplace Safety Data Online

An article in the Portland Press Herald has the sub-heading:

"Personal medical details could be exposed and the data could embarrass workers and employers who have had accidents, Gov. LePage and other officials say."

In this two page article the first page is about OSHA's plan to require employers to submit injury reports online and to make that information publicly available online. You need to go to the second page of the article to read about the state's concerns, and learn that the OSHA plan also changes industry codes such some industries will need to file reports (online) that they did not need to file in the past. The article gives the following example:

"The rule would change industry codes that determine what kind of reports a company must file. As an example, she said bakeries that sell baked goods in a store have been in an industry category in which businesses are not required to fill out some OSHA reports. The reclassification, she said, would put them into the manufacturing category, and require them to file more reports."

Read the complete article here.

Disclose Your Funding When Submitting Comments To OSHA

The journal Nature, published in the U.K.,  is one of the top two most prestigious scientific journals. They are reporting that OSHA was asking those who submitted comments on the proposed new rules on silica to disclose the sources of their funding. The Nature article describes concerns that have been raised in the U.S. Senate:

"The row blew up late last year when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began a public consultation on setting new limits for working with the dust, which is a major hazard for construction workers, causing serious lung disease. The agency ruffled feathers in the Senate when it asked that those submitting evidence should declare their funding sources."

Read the Nature article here.

Indiana Responds to OSHA Report

In April 2013 OSHA informed IOSHA that a complaint had been filed alleging changes to the IOSHA State Plan that affected the quality of the IOSHA program. An investigation was started without requesting a response from the state,

The three allegations were:
  • Allegation 1: Several concerns wer raised about the complaint process including how safety, health, and whistleblower complaints are handled from receipt of complaint to final disposition.
  • Allegation 2: Concerns were noted about the settlement process. This included informal and formal settlement for enforcement cases and also whistleblower investigations.
  • Allegation 3: Concerns were noted about accountability of staff in meeting goals and quality of inspections/investigations. This would include performance measures, staff abilities and accountability for performance measures.
Inside Business Indiana reports that the state has responded by stating that they were already addressing these issues and all but two are now resolved.  Read the article here.

Employee Fails To Establish Link Between Termination and Filing of Workers' Comp Claim

The Association of Corporate Council reports that a trucker who alleged that he was terminated as a result of his filing a worker's compensation claim, has been found to have not established causation.  The article reports that:

"The employee had no evidence that the employer had any other reason for his termination other than his violation of the drug testing policy. The employee also could not establish that the drug policy was discriminatory as he could not provide evidence that the policy discourages employees from filing workers' compensation claims."

Read the article here.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Company Supervisors To Pay $450,000
Safety News Briefs - Employers Worry About MMJ Workers
Safety News Briefs - Part 1

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