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JAN
2020

OSH Review Commission Back in Action

Amanda Wood Laihow and Cynthia Attwood were sworn in this week as members of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, completing the three-person panel as Trump administration appointees after an extended period of inactivity without a quorum. James J. Sullivan, Jr. was sworn in as chairman July 22, 2019, after serving as a […]

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2

JAN
2020

OSHA: FY 2019 Activity and What’s on Tap for 2020

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports the following activity in fiscal year 2019: Performed 33,401 inspections — more than were done in the previous three years – addressing violations related to trenching, falls, and exposure to chemicals, silica and other hazards. Provided a record 1,392,611 workers with training on safety and health […]

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19

DEC
2019

FMCSA Launches Commercial Driver’s Clearinghouse

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is a newly launched, secure online database containing information on violations of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) drug and alcohol testing program for commercial drivers who use public roadways. Download Fact Sheet

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17

DEC
2019

Work-related Fatality Rate Increased 2% in 2018

There were 5,250 work-related fatalities reported in 2018, a 2 percent increase compared to 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The fatality rate remained unchanged at 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. Among key findings: Transportation incidents remained the most frequent type of fatal event, with 2,080 deaths accounting for 40 percent […]

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28

OCT
2019

Oral Fluid Drug Testing Approved for Federal Employees

Oral fluid (saliva) collected using an absorbent swab in the mouth will be allowed as an alternative to a urine specimen in most federal agency drug testing programs beginning Jan. 1, 2020. The Department of Health and Human Services published Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs using Oral Fluid in the Federal Register […]

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8

AUG
2019

OSHA Updates Cotton Dust Standard

OSHA has updated its landmark Cotton Dust Standard 29 CFR 1910.1043, which describes how occupational spirometry tests must be conducted to protect workers’ respiratory health. Of particular importance are requirements for evaluation of worker spirometry results in medical surveillance paragraph 1910.1043(h)(2)(iii), mandating that National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) reference values and Lower […]

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6

MAY
2019

Prevention Stand-down Focuses on Falls in Construction

The National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, May 6-10, focuses focus attention on preventing falls in construction, the leading cause of fatalities in the industry. During the stand-down,  the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) partners with other organizations to encourage employers and workers to pause voluntarily during the workday for safety demonstrations, training in hazard […]

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16

APR
2019

New York City Council Votes to Ban Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing

A precedent-setting city law banning pre-employment drug screening for marijuana was passed by the New York City Council on April  9, 2019. The legislation, Prohibition of drug testing for pre-employment hiring procedures, has been sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio for his expected signature. Once the law is enacted, employers who are hiring prospective employees […]

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