Category Archives: Environmental/Safety

OSHA releases 2021 Regulatory Agenda

Agenda shows what’s on the horizon for OSHA Posted June 18, 2021 Summary by Reginald Whitaker, Oklahoma Steel & Wire, EHS Committee Chair for the American Wire Producers Association (AWPA) On June 11, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the Spring 2021 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Agenda … Continue reading OSHA releases 2021 Regulatory Agenda

OSHA Launches New National Emphasis Program

From the Metals Service Center Institute On March 19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a national emphasis program (NEP) that will focus the agency’s enforcement efforts on companies and specific industries that have demonstrated the highest risk of spread of COVID-19. The agency said the NEP seeks “to substantially reduce or eliminate coronavirus exposure … Continue reading OSHA Launches New National Emphasis Program

EEOC: US Employers Cannot Require Antibody Tests

Thanks to MSCI, Connecting the Dots  On June 17, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) again updated its COVID-19 guidance for employers. This guidance outlines employers’ responsibilities under federal civil rights laws. The most recent update addresses the issues of medical screening, pregnant and older workers, Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, and obligations for … Continue reading EEOC: US Employers Cannot Require Antibody Tests

OSHA Issues New Guidance On Non-Essential Business Re-openings

Thanks to MSCI, Connecting the Dots   On June 18, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses during the evolving coronavirus pandemic. The DOL’s guidance supplements the US Department of Health and Human Services’ previously developed Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 and the … Continue reading OSHA Issues New Guidance On Non-Essential Business Re-openings

Combustible Dust Regulatory Compliance by September 2020

By Reginald C. Whitaker, CSP , EH&S Manager, Oklahoma Steel & Wire Co.   Reginald Whitaker, Chair, AWPA Environmental, Health and Safety Committee, has provided an overview of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 652 standard, adopted by OSHA, related to the combustible dust found in wire drawing facilities. It covers the action items that must … Continue reading Combustible Dust Regulatory Compliance by September 2020

Save the Date for the Operations Managers Meeting!

Mark your calendars!  The Operations Managers Meeting will be held October 15-16 in Birmingham, AL. Registration will open next month. This two-day conference has been designed to suit the needs of  Operations Managers by providing education and networking opportunities. Whether it’s safety issues, environmental regulations, or personnel management techniques, this meeting has information to help … Continue reading Save the Date for the Operations Managers Meeting!

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Electronic Reporting of Injuries and Illnesses

To protect worker privacy, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is amending the recordkeeping regulation by rescinding the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301. These establishments will continue to be required to maintain those records on-site, and OSHA will continue to obtain … Continue reading OSHA Issues Final Rule on Electronic Reporting of Injuries and Illnesses

Operations Managers Meeting: Earlybird Discount Ends September 20!

The Operations Managers Meeting in October will be here soon. We’ve got a full program this year, including a safety program panel discussion, an update on drug-testing best practices, and the perennial update on the regulatory environment (chlorinated paraffin regulations may finally be coming – have you heard?). Along with all of that we will … Continue reading Operations Managers Meeting: Earlybird Discount Ends September 20!