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May 10, 2018

All OSHA State Plan Employers Must Report Injury and Illness Data by July 1

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Federal OSHA has taken action to fix an error regarding electronic injury reporting. Employers in OSHA state plans must now file injury and illness data through the federal agency’s portal, even if their states have not adopted the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses regulation. This will affect employers in California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

All covered establishments must submit the information by July 1, 2018. OSHA determined that Section 18(c)(7) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and relevant OSHA regulations pertaining to State Plans, require all affected employers to submit injury and illness data in the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) online portal, even if the employer is covered by a State Plan that has not completed adoption of their own state rule.

OSHA has informed State Plans that for Calendar Year 2017 all employers covered by State Plans will be expected to comply. An employer covered by a State Plan that has not completed adoption of a state rule must provide Form 300A data for Calendar Year 2017. There will be no retroactive requirement for employers covered by State Plans that have not adopted a state rule to submit data for Calendar Year 2016.

The rule currently applies to establishments with 250 or more employees and those with 20 to 249 employees in specified industries with historically high injury and illness rates. A notice has been posted on the ITA website and related OSHA webpages informing stakeholders of the corrective action.


May 8, 2018

MSHA Issues Final Mine Inspection Rule Effective June 2

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The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has published a final rule effective June 2, Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines, that provides mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs. The revised rule requires that:

A competent person examine each working place for conditions that may adversely affect the safety or health of miners. The working place must be examined at least once each shift, before work begins or as miners begin work in that place.

In addition, mine operators must:

  • Promptly initiate appropriate corrective action when adverse conditions are found.
  • Promptly notify miners in affected areas if adverse conditions are found and not corrected before miners are potentially exposed.
  • Withdraw all persons from affected areas when alerted to any conditions that may present an imminent danger, until the danger is abated.
  • Create an examination record before the end of each shift that includes:
- The name of the person conducting the examination;
- Date of the examination;
- Location of all areas examined;
- A description of each condition found that may adversely affect the safety or health of miners that is not promptly corrected; and
- The date when the described condition is corrected.
  • Make the examination record available to MSHA and miners’ representatives, with a copy provided upon request.


Stakeholder Meetings Scheduled in May

Starting in May, MSHA will hold public meetings around the country to inform and educate the mining community on the requirements of the final rule. Scheduled locations include: Bloomington, Ill., Seattle, Birmingham, Ala., Pittsburgh, Reno, Dallas and Denver.