The anti-business Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues its onslaught of burdensome regulations on American business. The “stick it to the company” philosophy is no more evident than with its new increased penalties. As of August 1, 2016, OSHA penalties will increase.
OSHA administrator David Michaels has stated, “It’s time for hospitals and the health care industry to make the changes necessary to protect their workers.” Workers’ injury rates at nursing and residential care facilities are more than twice that of the overall private industry, and hospital workers face a rate nearly as high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Therefore, OSHA has decided to target hospital and nursing facility for inspections on hazards that contribute to the industry’s high injury rate. To address these injuries, an internal OSHA memorandum directs compliance officers to target hospitals and nursing facilities and inspect the following hazards:
Tune into KMOX’s Total Information AM on September 2nd for a discussion with Sandberg Phoenix’s Timm Schowalter on transgender bathroom use.
On June 1, 2015, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released “A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers”. Under current federal law, employers are required to provide all employees reasonable access to restroom facilities. Now under OSHA’s “model practices” for employers to follow when providing access to restrooms by transgender employees, including:
While the requirement that an employer must post a notice outlining the employer’s responsibilities and an employee’s rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act is not new, OSHA has updated the required posting which must be displayed by an employer in a conspicuous place where employees can see the poster in the workplace. In addition to providing an updated poster, OSHA has also prepared a version written in Korean, Nepali, Spanish, Chinese, Polish, and Portuguese.
OSHA has issued a proposed rule revising its eye and face protection standards applicable to a number of industries. The amended rule incorporates the recent versions of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection standard. The proposal also seeks to amend language in the construction eye and face protection standard to make it consistent with OSHA’s general industry. Comments on the proposal are due on or before April 13.
On March 16, 2015, OSHA issued an Interpretation Letter allowing construction contractors to require workers to pay a deposit for company-issued personal protection equipment, such as fall prevention harnesses. The deposit requirement, however, cannot circumvent the requirement that employers provide protection equipment at no expense to the workers.