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07/13/2016

Lawsuit Aims to Halt New OSHA Injury Reporting Rule

Earlier this year, OSHA published a Final Rule that, among other things, requires employers to file annual electronic reports of injury and illness data. In that Final Rule, OSHA made it clear that the Administration plans to share employer injury and illness information it receives with the public via the Internet. 

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05/12/2016

Final Rule: OSHA Injury and Illness e-Reporting to Start in 2017

In today’s Federal Register, OSHA posted a Final Rule that requires employers to file annual electronic reports of injury and illness data.  OSHA plans to publish the injury and illness data it receives on a public website—but will not publish personal identifying information about individual employees. 

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03/24/2016

Year One of New OSHA Rule Brings 10,000 Severe Injury Reports

In the fall of 2014, OSHA published a Final Rule that significantly changed the workplace injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting regulations (29 CFR 1904). Mandatory as of January 1, 2015, the revised OSHA reporting requirements changed the way employers must report significant workplace injuries and illnesses. Namely, the Final Rule set specific time limits for reporting significant injuries resulting in fatality, hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye.  

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03/15/2016

Failure to Report Release Costs Texas Oil Company $400,000

For failing to notify the National Response Center (NRC) of a reportable discharge of a hazardous substance, a Houston-based oil and gas company will pay $400,000 to Federal and State environmental agencies and serve a two-year probation term.

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03/08/2016

Navigating TSCA Rules for Specific Chemicals

The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) authorizes US EPA to require chemical manufacturers, importers, and processers to monitor and report on their activities once every four years. This year, 2016, is an important year for facilities subject to TSCA—it’s the first year in which new, broader chemical data reporting requirements take effect...

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12/22/2015

The Biennial Report for RCRA Hazardous Waste Generators

It's that time of year again! The Biennial Report form (8700-13A/B) must be submitted to your authorized State agency or EPA regional office by March 1 of every even-numbered year. You'll report on the previous year's (2015) generation, management, and final disposition of hazardous waste regulated under RCRA. See 40 CFR 262.41(a)...

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12/09/2015

EPA Launches eDisclosure Portal to Help Facilities Self-Report Environmental Violations

US EPA today announced the launch of its eDisclosure Portal to help regulated businesses self-report violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and other environmental regulations. Self-reporting violations of the US EPA’s environmental regulations can benefit businesses in a number of ways—including possible reduction in the civil penalty amount the facility must pay. 

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12/01/2015

OSHA Answers Form 300 Questions

Retail isn't the only business that's overwhelmed with work around the holidays. As customers flock to retail stores for holiday shopping sprees, industry facilities in agriculture, mining, construction, heavy manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and more are busy completing their end-of-year paperwork. Among the end-of-year administrative requirements for many businesses is the OSHA 300 Log...

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11/09/2015

Fainting at the Sight of Blood—Is It Recordable?

OSHA issued two new letters of interpretation recently that clarify certain elements of the workplace injury and illness reporting and recordkeeping requirements...

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11/03/2015

Creating OSHA Work Permits for Hazardous Jobs

You may be familiar with this old adage: If you don't document something, there's no proof you actually did it. In other words, "Document it or it didn't happen." While this holds true in many aspects of everyday life-like snapping a photo with a celebrity to prove to you friends that you met one-documenting our activities is especially important in the workplace...

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