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Tag Archives: OSHA

Webinar, April 8: OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative

Our colleague Eric Conn, Chair of Epstein Becker Green’s OSHA Practice Group, will present a complimentary webinar on April 8, at 1:00 p.m. EDT: OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative. Topics include enforcement issues and data related to this work relationship, and recommendations and strategies for managing safety and health issues related to a temporary workforce. Companies … Continue Reading

Reminder — February 1st is a Critical OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Deadline

February 1st is an important annual OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping deadline. Specifically, by February 1st every year, certain employers are required by OSHA’s Recordkeeping regulations to:  1.Review their OSHA 300 Log;  2.Verify that the entries are complete and accurate;  3.Correct any deficiencies on the 300 Log;  4.Use the injury data from the 300 Log to … Continue Reading

Impact of the Government Shutdown on OSHA

The OSHA Law Update blog has an update on the government shutdown: “OSHA Shutdown – Government Shutdown Strips OSHA to a Skeleton Crew,” by Casey Cosentino and Eric Conn of Epstein Becker Green. Following is an excerpt: The federal government shut down all but essential operations on October 1, 2013, after Congress failed to reach … Continue Reading

OSHA to Target Exits and Exit Routes

By Eric J. Conn, Head of the OSHA Group at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Last month, OSHA issued an enforcement memorandum directing inspectors to scrutinize whether employers provide and maintain adequate means of exit; i.e., unlocked, unobstructed, and clearly marked exit doors and exit routes and doors that comply with 29 C.F.R. 1910 Subpart … Continue Reading

OSHA’s Battle Against Hotel Operators Continues

By Paul H. Burmeister The OSHA/Hyatt Hotels saga continued with a recent exchange of letters between OSHA and the hotel chain’s attorney.  In April, OSHA issued a “5(a)(1) letter” to the CEO of Hyatt Hotels, indicated that OSHA believed there were ergonomic risks associated with the daily work activities of the company’s housekeeping staff. The … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Limits OSHA’s Recordkeeping “Madness”

By Eric J. Conn and Casey M. Cosentino In what has been good news for hospitality employers, the past month has been a rough stretch for OSHA in terms of Injury and Illness Recordkeeping enforcement.  As we reported last month on the OSHA Law Update Blog, in March, the Seventh Circuit beat back OSHA’s attempt … Continue Reading

New HazCom Standard: The Most Frequently Cited Standard in the Hospitality Industry Gets a Facelift

By Eric J. Conn and Casey M. Cosentino For years, OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (“HazCom”) has been the standard most frequently cited against hotel and other hospitality employers. In FY 2011 37 hotel companies were cited for violations of the HazCom Standard, including, primarily, alleged failures to: (1) maintain a written Hazard Communication Program; (2) ensure each … Continue Reading

Text Free Zone: OSHA’s Distracted Driving Initiative Kicks Into Gear

By Casey M. Cosentino and Eric J. Conn “Texting while driving” is an epidemic in America, which has prompted forty-two states and the District of Columbia to ban (completely or partially) this conduct for drivers.  Here’s a map of the U.S. states that have enacted some ban on texting while driving.  Studies suggest that texting while driving distracts drivers’ … Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Labor Targets Hospitality Industry Through New iPhone/iPad Applications

By:  Casey Cosentino There is an on-going trend by the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) to leverage popular technology to increase public and consumer awareness of the laws and regulations it enforces. Indeed, the DOL is continually exploring creative ways to share information with the public using the fastest and most-wide reaching means available. Through technology, the … Continue Reading

Hotel Housekeepers File OSHA Complaints Nationwide

By: Jay P. Krupin and Kara M. Maciel Last week, on November 9, 2010, housekeepers employed by Hyatt Hotels filed complaints with OSHA alleging injuries sustained on the job. The complaints were filed in eight cities across the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, San Antonio, Honolulu and Indianapolis.  Similar OSHA actions … Continue Reading

EBG Workshop for Hospitality Employers in NY on Oct. 28

EBG is holding its annual NY briefing for clients and friends on Oct. 28. This full-day program will feature a special, two-hour workshop just for employers in the hospitality and retail industries, updating the many recent and significant labor and employment law developments affecting the industry. We will provide real-world guidance on how to manage … Continue Reading
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