Content about Occupational Safety and Health Administration

March 11, 2014

Citing legal concerns, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is urging the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to withdraw "Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses," its proposed injury and illness reporting rule.

The rule would increase the frequency with which employers had to report injury and illness data (in new electronic formats), as well as treat the data as public information.

March 3, 2014

The World Floor Covering Association has notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Association’s objections to new rules that have been proposed for work involving crystalline silica.

December 27, 2013

Thousands of accidents occur in workplaces throughout the United States every day. Conducting witness interviews at the scene of an accident is a crucial part of the investigatory process, as these accounts provide important information that can help explain what caused the accident.

When accidents are investigated, the emphasis should be on finding the root cause, not on finding fault, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Safety & Health Program Management Guidelines.

December 4, 2013

You may have fire extinguishers around your workplace, used to control or extinguish fires that are small or have just begun. But did you know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prohibits employees from using this tool unless they’ve had training?

November 5, 2013

In a town called Gypsum, Ohio, a USG Corp. manufacturing plant has been awarded the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star.

OSHA officials presented the award on Mon. during a ceremony at the plant, where USG Gypsum's 230 employees were present.

October 14, 2013

The majority of workplace safety investigations ground to a halt beginning Oct. 1, 2013, because of the federal government shutdown of all but essential operations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) furloughed more than 90 percent of its personnel and suspended most of its operations, according to OSHA’s Shutdown Contingency Plan, which was approved by the Department of Labor on Sept. 16.

October 8, 2013

With new OSHA hazard communication training requirements taking effect Dec. 1, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) has planned a series of webinars to help educate dealers. 

The new rules regarding global harmonization, pictograms, new MSDS requirements and new container labeling have many in the industry confused, according to the NLBMDA.

September 10, 2013

Is your company in compliance with the new hazard communication standard requiring employee training to be completed within the next three months?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans on fully implementing the revised standard by June 1, 2016. However, by Dec. 1, 2013, employers are expected to have trained workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) formats required under the standard.

September 1, 2013

Establishing workplace-safety committees is one way management can encourage employees to participate in implementing and monitoring the company’s safety program. 

Typical responsibilities of workplace-safety committees include:

June 12, 2013

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association has a question for the LBM industry:

"Does global harmonization, pictograms, new MSDS requirements and new container labeling have you confused?"

The Washington, D.C.-based industry group believes the changes to the OSHA Hazard Communication tankard are indeed confusing, even overwhelming. 

April 15, 2013

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). And about 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur while victims are at work, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). And about 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur while victims are at work, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data.

Placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace, along with providing a proper management system and training for employees on how to use the devices, can mean the difference between life and death, proponents argue. 

April 11, 2013

Confusion continues to cloud the OSHA regulation for crane usage. NLMBDA plans to shed light on the topic.

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) will host webinars on the OSHA crane rule for LBM dealers. 

The hour-long webinars are scheduled for four dates: April 23 at 3 p.m.; April 25 at 3 p.m.; April 30 at 11 a.m.; and May 2 at 3 p.m.

The fee is $75 for NLBMDA members, including state and regional LBM association members, and $125 for non-members. 

March 15, 2013

While employers have been focused on making sure that their healthcare plans meet the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), new interim whistle-blower provisions under that law recently went into effect.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an interim final rule and request for comments on Feb. 22, 2013, that establishes the procedures the agency will use to handle whistle-blowers’ retaliation complaints under the health care law.

December 17, 2012

Full enforcement of fall-protection regulations published in 2010 for the U.S. residential construction industry took effect Dec. 15, 2012.

The start date for full enforcement had been delayed four times by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) because of industry opposition.

November 29, 2012

USG Corp. has achieved the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star designation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at its Galena Park, Texas, manufacturing plant. Officials from OSHA presented the award on Nov. 29 to USG Galena Park’s 150 employees during a ceremony at the plant.

March 30, 2012

An article about a U.S. Commerce Department ruling that some imported bottom-mount refrigerators were sold at prices unfair to American competitors led to several letters. 

“There is no way that free enterprise businesses can compete and win against companies being underwritten by their countries.

“There is a core group of Americans who are being ignored in this NEW GLOBAL FREE TRADE economy. Not everyone can go to college or be trained for high-tech jobs.

March 23, 2012

An article about a U.S. Commerce Department ruling that some imported bottom-mount refrigerators were sold at prices unfair to American competitors led to several letters.

“There is no way that free enterprise businesses can compete and win against companies being underwritten by their countries.

“There is a core group of Americans who are being ignored in this NEW GLOBAL FREE TRADE economy. Not everyone can go to college or be trained for high tech jobs.

March 1, 2012

An investigation into the death of a Michigan bathtub refinisher in 2010 has uncovered more than a dozen other fatalities that may be related to the same chemical compound. In the Feb. 24 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers looked at the effect of methylene chloride, a paint-stripping product for aircraft maintenance marketed for use in aircraft maintenance. 

October 5, 2011

According to an article in the Oregonian, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Stimson Lumber $5,000 for infractions related to a fatal accident in May.

Oregon's OSHA said the Portland-based forest products company didn't adequately train an employee who died from a hydraulic-equipment explosion.

July 20, 2011

Lowe’s has agreed to pay the federal government $90,000 as part of a settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the Cincinnati region, according to an article in the Dayton Daily News

July 20, 2011

Lowe’s has agreed to pay the federal government $90,000 as part of a settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the Cincinnati region, according to an article in the Dayton Daily News

July 8, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Home Depot store in Chicago for two repeat and one serious alleged safety violations, including failing to remove damaged equipment from service and train employees on safety procedures. The company faces proposed penalties of $55,000.

June 16, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced $1,939,000 in proposed penalties for Phenix Lumber Co., a sawmill in Phenix City, Ala., for safety violations that include exposing employees to amputation and fall hazards. 

June 13, 2011

A Lowe’s employee was killed in a storage facility in Charlotte, N.C., right across the parking lot from one of the retailer’s stores, according to an article in the Charlotte Observer. The 35-year-old man was standing under a garage door when it suddenly fell and hit him on the head at 11 a.m. on June 4.  

June 7, 2011

A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement about consumer use of spray foam insulation threatens to deflate the growing sales — and availability — of this popular product. In April, the EPA expressed its concerns about certain chemicals found in spray polyurethane foam, which is applied as a liquid and then expands to fill cavities or gaps.