Ontario Announces Mandatory Safety Awareness Training
OSHA Proposes Rule Allowing Third-Party Union Reps to Participate in Inspections
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a new rule on August 29, 2023, that would allow any third-party, non-employee, union representative to accompany an OSHA inspector as they conduct an inspection. This includes companies that are not a union shop. Currently, the rule is that a union representative may only accompany an OSHA inspector if that person is an employee of the company that is being inspected.
PRINTING United Alliance Member Serves on OSHA Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Panel
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has convened a panel of small businesses to review the Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings proposed rule. This is the next step in a process that began in October 2021 when action on the rule was initiated with an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking. SuperGraphics, a PRINTING United Alliance member located in Seattle, WA, agreed to serve on the OSHA Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel, in consultation with the Alliance, to represent printing industry interests.
OSHA Clarifies Recordability of Injuries Due to Workplace Violence
Unfortunately, no workplace is immune from experiencing incidences of workplace violence. OSHA has now clarified how injuries that result from a workplace violence incident are to be classified under their injury and illness recordkeeping regulation found at 29 CFR 1904. On May 17, 2023, OSHA issued an interpretation letter that addresses when employers are required to record in their OSHA 300 logs on-the-job injuries and deaths caused by violent acts. The letter was issued in response to a clarification request for a situation where an employee was driving a company vehicle, on the clock, and traveling on a public roadway.