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September 2, 2010
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has upheld OSHA's multi-employer citation policy in a reversal of a decision the Commission made during the previous administration. Under the policy, OSHA inspectors may cite employers on multi-employer worksites for violations that do not expose their own workers to occupational hazards.
September 1, 2010
On August 31, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration published interim final rules that will help protect workers who voice safety, health, and security concerns.
July 29, 2010

In 1998, OSHA's expert Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) established a workgroup to develop recommended changes to the current standard for cranes and derricks. In December 1999, ACCSH recommended that the Agency use negotiated rulemaking to develop the rule. The Cranes and Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (C-DAC) was convened in July 2003 and reached consensus on its draft document in July 2004. In 2006, ACCSH recommended that OSHA use the C-DAC consensus document as a basis for OSHA's proposed rule, which was published in 2008.

July 28, 2010

Department of Labor Publishes Final Rule Regulating Cranes and Derricks in Construction


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued on July 28, 2010, a new rule addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction.  Approximately 267,000 construction, crane rental and crane certification establishments employing about 4.8 million workers will be affected by the final rule.


July 23, 2010

House Committee Passes OSHA Bill  

July 19, 2010
H.R. 5663, The Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010, was recently introduced in response to the tragic mine accident in West Virginia.
June 24, 2010

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled two additional stakeholder meetings, one in Washington, D.C., and one in Sacramento, Calif., to solicit comments in developing the Injury and Illness Prevention Program proposed rule. These additional meetings are part of a series of five.

June 21, 2010
WASHINGTON – OSHA announced today that the Severe Violators Enforcement Program directive is effective June 18th. The agency announced in April that it was implementing the program to focus on employers who continually disregard their legal obligations to protect their workers.
June 2, 2010
OSHA is confirming the effective date of June 15, 2010 for the direct final rule requiring employers to notify their workers of all hexavalent chromium exposures. The rule revises a provision in OSHA's Hexavalent Chromium standard that required workers be notified only when they experienced exposures exceeding the permissible exposure limit.


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