Tag Archives: OSHA

Expect the Unexpected: Preparing for an OSHA Inspection

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Automotive companies are keenly aware of their responsibility for knowing the safety standards applicable to their businesses. But many do not understand their rights and obligations during the inspection process. In recent years, after adding more than 100 compliance officers, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) has been increasing the number of inspections, citations, and … Continue reading this entry

OSHA Finalizes Crystalline Silica Rule, Effective June 2016

Suppliers Get Ready For Your Recalls
The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation.  Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com.  After years in the making and thousands of comments to the proposed rule from 2013, OSHA has finalized the Crystalline Silica Rule for General Industry and Maritime. The final rule was published in the … Continue reading this entry

Preventing Whistleblower Claims in the Automotive Industry

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Whistleblower and retaliation claims are some of the most costly claims brought by employees and they are on the rise. OSHA, who governs complaints for over 20 whistleblower statutes, reports a 58% increase in whistleblower claims between 2005 and 2014. Retaliation claims under the statutes governed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have increased 70% in … Continue reading this entry

NHTSA, NLRB, and OSHA Oh My! The Agencies ARE Ganging Up

OSHA Turns Its Sights on Auto Suppliers
Feeling a bit paranoid these days, especially where government oversight or agency investigations are involved? Your perception of reality is probably being driven less by paranoia and more by the upticks in government activity, and that twitchy sense of more government scrutiny is actually well justified. Just when the Auto Industry was feeling the squeeze of recalls, … Continue reading this entry

OSHA Turns Its Sights on Auto Suppliers

In a continuation of the Administration’s amped up regulatory enforcement agenda, OSHA recently announced that it will target auto suppliers. In its Regional Emphasis Program For Safety Hazards in the Auto Parts Supplier Industry, OSHA identified hazards that it believes are particularly prevalent in the industry. According to OSHA, workers in the auto supplier industry are … Continue reading this entry

Regulatory and Standard Updates for 2014

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com. A number of regulations and standards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, OSHA, and other organizations have recently been revised and/or updated. TRC has prepared a Regulatory Update summarizing the changes with anticipated impacts in 2014.… Continue reading this entry

When Employees Work From Home, They Bring Your Company's Employment Law Obligations Along With Them

Several months ago Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced that the company would discontinue its telecommuting program. This announcement unleashed a firestorm of debate over the merits and disadvantages of allowing employees to work from home. While that public debate appears to have calmed down for the moment, technological advances are making it easier and easier for … Continue reading this entry