OSHA Health and Safety Law Update | Chattanooga

December 01, 2016

In the past few months, you may have heard from Miller & Martin alerts and other sources about the recent U.S. Department of Labor developments in the OSHA field. These include:

  • Adoption of upcoming changes for tracking workplace injuries and illnesses – employers will be required as of January 1, 2017 to electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA.
  • Based on the new injury and illness electronic reporting requirements, employers also will be required to retrain and renew their commitment to assuring that employees understand their rights to report injuries and illnesses, without fear of retaliation.
  • There is also now a discussion taking place about the extent to which post-accident drug testing can be performed by employers who maintain drug-free work place programs, in light of OSHA’s new rule that such testing should not be conducted on a “routine” basis due to the possible “chilling” effect it could have on employees reporting on-the-job illnesses and injuries.
  • OSHA penalties are set to increase by almost double by year end, with the Department of Labor recognizing that current penalties are lower than the Government desires.
  • The new global harmonized standard (“GHS”) is now in full force and effect, yet some employers subject to hazard communication requirements are still not fully converted to the new system.

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