OSHA announces major improvements to enforcement website
The current OSHA administration has made no secret about its desire to publicly shame the companies it hits with violations. The agency's most recent effort: A major upgrade to its enforcement website, where it lists companies that have been cited for safety violations or other enforcement actions.
New features on the site include:
• a map of inspection data
• the ability to filter data by year or by violation
• link to other online resources from several government agencies, and
• downloadable formats for data.
Teaming up with MSHA
The site combines OSHA enforcement data with MSHA's mine inspection results. It also allows users to create visualizations of specific sets of data. The page also includes links to the Department of Labor's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts. Perhaps the biggest feature is an enhanced search function that lets visitors search by agency, location, company name, violation and penalty amount, among others. The site is part of the Obama Administration's Open Government Initiative aimed at increasing transparency and collaboration.
Updates for construction, chemical standards
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and OSHA have emphasized replacing duplicate or outdated standards through its Standards Improvement Project (SIP). Now OSHA is building on the success of the first three SIP efforts with two new initiatives.
The first target: Transitioning to the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) system, which standardizes material safety data sheets (MSDSs). OSHA says it will cut down on training time and improve employees' knowledge of chemical hazards. Agency officials estimate it will save employers up to $784.4 million. Phase four of the SIP will focus on construction standards and removing unnecessary and inconsistent regs. Specifically, the project is seeking stakeholder input on recordkeeping
and training certification standards.
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Safety Compliance Alert 9/22/11
Tue, November 8, 2011
by Kim Bowman