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Silica: Rule Enforced for Construction but 30-Day “Good Faith” Grace Period; Oral Arguments Heard on Challenge

USA - November 16 2017 OSHA began enforcing the Respirable Crystalline Silica construction standard, 29 CFR § 1926, on September 23, 2017.1 Shortly before the enforcement…

Punam Kaji

James Sullivan Confirmed and Sworn in to Last Seat on Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

USA - November 16 2017 Management-side labor and employment attorney James Sullivan was sworn in as an OSHRC Commissioner on August 28, 2017 after his Senate confirmation…

Punam Kaji

Hensel Phelps Decision Vacates Willful Citation Because Exposed Workers Were Not General Contractor’s Employees

USA - November 16 2017 In Secretary of Labor v. Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Docket No. 15-1638 (June 1, 2017), the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (the…

Punam Kaji

OSHA’s Changes to Lockout/Tagout Rule Facing Major Delay

USA - June 22 2017 OSHA’s proposed revision to the lockout/tagout rule is facing major delays. As previously reported, OSHA made its proposed revisions to the rule, and…

Punam Kaji

Penalties for State OSHA Programs May Increase

USA - June 22 2017 In August 2016, OSHA promulgated rules that significantly increased the maximum penalties for violations of safety regulations by 78 percent. This…

Punam Kaji, David B. Rost