OSHA Update 3.18.2014

OSHA Updates March 18

 OSHA issues bulletin for reporting temporary worker injuries

OSHA has issued a new Recordkeeping bulletin to address the responsibility of for recording work-related injuries and illnesses of temporary workers on the OSHA 300 log.

Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health stated, “These materials will provide valuable information for both host employers and staffing agencies on how they can work together to make sure their workers are properly trained and protected.”

For more information on OSHA’s Recordkeeping and Reporting requirements, visit https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html.

 Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee seeking nominations

 OSHA announced that it is seeking nominations for 12 WPAC committee positions that will become vacant in January 2015. WPAC was established to advise and make recommendations to the secretary of labor and the assistant secretary for occupational safety and health on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of OSHA’s whistleblower protection activities.

Nominations may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. Nominations must be submitted by May 12, 2014.

 2014 high-hazard workplaces inspection plans issued by OSHA

OSHA has released its annual site inspection plans for high-hazard workplaces under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014* program to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.

“By focusing our inspection resources on employers in high hazard industries who endanger their employees, we can prevent injuries and illnesses and save lives,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.