OSHA Updates Recordkeeping Requirements (TRN Update)

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From Cliff Gerbick, CSP (The Reserves Network Director of Safety)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made significant changes to employers’ requirements for reporting injuries to the agency.  On September 11, 2014, OSHA announced there would be added circumstances under which employers must contact OSHA and report certain occupational incidents.  Prior to the update, employers needed to contact OSHA within eight (8) hours in the event of a death or three (3) or more employees being hospitalized due to an occupational incident.

Besides the existing requirement of reporting a fatality within eight (8) hours, the new requirements require employers to contact OSHA within 24 hours in the event any employee(s) is hospitalized due to occupational incident, an employee has any part of their body amputated or if an employee loses an eye(s).

The new rules are effective January 1, 2015.  In addition the reporting rules update, OSHA also updated its list of exempted industries. These industries are exempt from regular OSHA recordkeeping requirements but still must comply with the above requirements and any other requests by OSHA or the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

For more information and the full OSHA Press Release, please visit: (www.OSHA.gov)

Cliff Gerbick TRN Staffing SafetyCliff Gerbick is the Director of Safety for The Reserves Network, a provider of “Total Staffing Solutions” in the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. To contact Cliff, email cgerbick@TRNstaffing.com. Visit the The Reserves Network’s website at www.TRNstaffing.com.

Cleveland Area Career Fair! (April 15, 9am-1pm)

The Reserves Network places job seekers in positions for the OFFICE, INDUSTRIAL, PROFESSIONAL & TECHNICAL markets! We want to help YOU find that next GREAT JOB!

Our team will be available for all Cleveland area job seekers at TRN’s “Cleveland Career Fair” on Tuesday, April 15th! The recruiting event will take place from 9:00AM – 1:00PM at our Lakewood, OH office location: 13609 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44126.

TRN staff members will be on hand to offer advice, discuss opportunities, as well as accept resumes and applications!

WHEN? Tuesday, April 15th (9:00AM – 1:00PM)

LOCATION: 13609 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44126

CURRENTLY SEEKING:

*The event is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Job seekers are asked to bring a current copy of their resume and at least two forms of ID. Come in prepared to take a measurement test & interview.

Questions? Contact:

THE RESERVES NETWORK’S LAKEWOOD/CLEVELAND OFFICE

13609 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44126

(216) 227-3600 / cleveland@TRNstaffing.com / Twitter: @ClevelandWorks

*Apply Online Application or Search Jobs via TRN’s Online Job Board!

Visit the The Reserves Network’s website at www.TRNstaffing.com.

Indianapolis Area Career Fair! (April 2, 10am-3pm)

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The Reserves Network places job seekers in positions for the OFFICE, INDUSTRIAL, PROFESSIONAL & TECHNICAL markets! We want to help YOU find that next GREAT JOB!

Our team will be available for all Indianapolis area job seekers at the “Job News Career Fair” on Wednesday, April 2nd! The recruiting event will take place from 10:00AM – 3:00PM at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, located at 1202 E. 38th St. Indianapolis, IN 46205.

TRN staff members will be on hand to offer advice, discuss opportunities, as well as accept resumes and applications!

WHEN? Wednesday, April 2nd (10:00AM – 3:00PM)

LOCATION: 1202 E. 38th St. Indianapolis, IN 46205

CURRENTLY SEEKING:

  • Clerical & Administrative
  • General Labor
  • General Office positions
  • Light Industrial
  • Pickers / Packers
  • Shipping & Receiving
  • Skilled Trades
  • Warehouse
  • Locations throughout the Marion County and surrounding areas…

*The event is free and open to the public. Job seekers are asked to bring a current copy of their resume and at least two forms of ID.

Questions? Contact:

THE RESERVES NETWORK’S INDIANAPOLIS OFFICE

855-5 N. High School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46214

(317) 241-0850(317) 241-0850 / indy@TRNstaffing.com / Twitter: @IndyJobSeekers

*Apply Online Application or Search Jobs via TRN’s Online Job Board!

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OSHA Extends Comment Period of Proposed Recordkeeping Changes (TRN Update)

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From Cliff Gerbick, CSP (The Reserves Network Director of Safety)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the open comment period for the proposed changes to the current Recordkeeping Standard, 29 CFR 1904.  The extension was in response to a request from the National Association of Home Builders.

Under current regulations, most employers are required to maintain the OSHA 300 Log.  While employers must maintain the log, they are not required to submit information from the log to OSHA or any other agency at years end unless specifically directed to by OSHA or another government agency, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The proposed rule will require employees to electronically submit OSHA 300 data to OSHA on an annual basis. The period to comment on this proposed rule change has been extended until March 8, 2014.

Interested parties can submit their comments via mail, FAX or electronically through the following link: (www.regulations.gov)

For more information, please visit: (www.OSHA.gov)

Cliff Gerbick TRN Staffing SafetyCliff Gerbick is the Director of Safety for The Reserves Network, a provider of “Total Staffing Solutions” in the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. To contact Cliff, email cgerbick@TRNstaffing.com. Visit the The Reserves Network’s website at www.TRNstaffing.com.

OSHA Revises Hazard Communication Standard – One Year Later (TRN Update)

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From Cliff Gerbick, CSP (The Reserves Network Director of Safety)

It has been approximately one year since the  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) to align it with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  Now that employers have had an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the changes they should be well prepared for the upcoming requirements that are going into effect in 2013.

By December 1, 2013, all employers must train all of their employees on the new requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1200.  The main items in which employees must be trained are the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format and the pictograms that OSHA will be utilizing to identify hazards.  Additional items are required further down the line but December 1, 2013 is the first in a series of deadlines that both manufacturers and employers must meet to be in compliance with the new standard.

For further reading on 29 CFR 1910.1200 and GHS, please visit: (LINK: osha.gov)

Cliff Gerbick is the Director of Safety for The Reserves Network, a provider of “Total Staffing Solutions” in the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. To contact Cliff, email cgerbick@TRNstaffing.com.

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OSHA Launches Initiative to Protect Temporary Workers (TRN Update)

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From Cliff Gerbick, CSP (The Reserves Network Director of Safety)

Each year towards the end of April, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) holds a remembrance ceremony for Workers Memorial Day.  During this time, OSHA remembers those workers who lost their lives on the job and recommits to making worksites safer.

However, this year, in addition to the remembrance service, OSHA introduced an initiative to protect temporary workers in the workforce.  OSHA sent a memo to all regional administrators who assess field operations directing field inspectors “to assess whether employers who use temporary workers are complying with their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”

This memo comes on the heels of a recently published Standard Interpretation that clarified who in the temporary agency/host employer is responsible for what aspects of required safety and health education.  That standard interpretation can be found at by (CLICKING HERE: osha.gov)

OSHA has long held that temporary agencies are required to provide general safety and health training while host employers are required to provide site specific training on potential hazards and risks.  Those responsibilities are not changing; OSHA is simply putting and emphasis on ensuring that both parties are fulfilling their obligations under the OSH Act.

Compliance Safety and Health Offices (CSHO’s), commonly referred to as OSHA Inspectors, are instructed to identify employers that utilize temporary workers and “assess whether temporary workers received required training in a language and vocabulary they could understand.”

Additionally, OSHA has begun working with the American Staffing Association (ASA), the largest trade association representing the U.S. staffing industry, in order to better promote best practices and provide education to both staffing agencies and host employees on OSHA requirements and employee training.

For more information on the OSHA Initiative, please visit (LINK: osha.gov)

For more information on the American Staffing Associating, please visit (LINK: americanstaffing.net)

Cliff Gerbick is the Director of Safety for The Reserves Network, a provider of “Total Staffing Solutions” in the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. To contact Cliff, email cgerbick@TRNstaffing.com.

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OSHA and the Affordable Healthcare Act (TRN Update)

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From Cliff Gerbick, CSP (The Reserves Network Director of Safety)

With the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) coming into focus as provisions of the act start to become law, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published an interim final rule in the Federal Register that governs whistleblower complaints filed under Section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act.

Title I includes a range of insurance company accountability policies, such as the prohibition of lifetime limits on coverage and exclusions due to pre-existing conditions.  If an employee registers a complaint against their employer for not providing the required provisions that employee cannot be retaliated against.  If an employee feels they have been retaliated against for voicing the complaint, they may file a complaint with OSHA.

The ACA tasks the Department of Labor with conducting investigations and making determinations based on the investigative findings.  Both of these tasks are driven by OSHA.  OSHA’s interim final rule establishes the procedures and time frames for the filing and handling of such complaints – including investigations by OSHA, appeals of OSHA determinations to an administrative law judge for a hearing, review of such decisions by the Administrative Review Board and judicial review of the secretary’s final decision.

The interim final rule can be viewed by (CLICKING HERE – PDF FILE)

Comments, which will be accepted for 60 days, may be submitted electronically via the federal e-rulemaking portal by (CLICKING HERE) or by mail or fax.

Cliff Gerbick is the Director of Safety for The Reserves Network, a provider of “Total Staffing Solutions” in the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. To contact Cliff, email cgerbick@TRNstaffing.com.

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OSHA’s Top 10 Violations of Fiscal Year 2012 (TRN Safety Alert)

From Cliff Gerbick, CSP (The Reserves Network Director of Safety)

OSHA has released it annual list of the top 10 workplace violations for fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012). Annually the list contains mostly the same standards, only switching positions, and this year is no exception. As the political landscape remains static, OSHA will continue to focus on increased planned inspections and higher penalty amounts. OSHA has repeatedly stated that they are an enforcement agency so one can only assume the number of inspections and citations will continue to rise.

With that said, here are OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Standards for FY 2012:

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements
Standard 1926.501
Total Violations: 7,250

2. Hazard Communication
Standard 1910.1200
Total Violations:  4,696

3. Scaffolding – General Requirements
Standard 1926.451
Total Violations:  3,814

4. Respiratory Protection
Standard 1910.134
Total Violations:  2,371

5. Ladders
Standard 1926.1053
Total Violations:  2,310

6. Machine Guarding – General Requirements
Standard 1910.212
Total Violations:  2,097

7. Powered Industrial Trucks
Standard 1910.178
Total Violations:  1,993

8. Electrical – Wiring Methods
Standard 1910.305
Total Violations:  1,744

9. Lockout/Tagout
Standard 1910.147
Total Violations:  1,572

10. Electrical – General Requirements
Standard 1910.303
Total Violations:  1,332

For more information, visit the National Safety Council website by (Clicking Here!)

Cliff Gerbick is the Director of Safety for The Reserves Network, a provider of “Total Staffing Solutions” in the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. To contact Cliff, email cgerbick@trnstaffing.com.

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Georgia Job Seekers! Join TRN at the Goodwill Career Center (Tues, Nov. 27th)

The Reserves Network, wants to help YOU find that next great job! We will be available for all area job seekers at the Goodwill Career Center Job Fair, on Tuesday, November 27, 2012!

WHEN? Tuesday, November 27th (10:30AM-12:30PM)

LOCATION: Goodwill Career Center

1502 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, Georgia 30096

TRN staff members will be on hand to offer advice, discuss opportunities, as well as accept resumes and applications!

CURRENTLY SEEKING QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR:

  • Forklift Drivers
  • Production/Assemblers
  • Industrial Maintenance Technicians
  • And more…

The event is free and open to the public. Job seekers are asked to bring a current copy of their resume and at least 2 forms of ID.

Questions? Feel free to contact our Norcross office (678) 291-9225 / norcross@TRNstaffing.com. For more information, or to schedule an interview with a staff member visit our Norcross office today!

Follow Live Area Job Updates on Twitter @TRNNorcrossJobs

*Apply Online from the comfort of your home! Let TRN help you find that next great job. If you are unable to attend please “Apply Yourself” via our Online Application or Search Jobs via TRN’s Online Job Board!

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Join TRN at the Gwinnett Career Center Job Fair! (Friday, Oct. 19th)

The Reserves Network, wants to help YOU find that next great job! We will be available for all area job seekers at the Georgia Department of Labor Job Fair, on Friday, October 19, 2012!

WHEN? This Friday, October 19th (9:00AM-11:00AM)

LOCATION: Gwinnett Career Center, Georgia Department of Labor

2211 Beaver Ruin Road
Norcross, Georgia 30071

TRN staff members will be on hand to offer advice, discuss opportunities, as well as accept resumes and applications!

CURRENTLY SEEKING QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR:

  • Double Electric Pallet Jack
  • Sit Down Forklift
  • Stand Up Forklift
  • Warehouse
  • Shipping & Receiving
  • Light Industrial
  • RF Scanner Experience
  • Locations are throughout the Suwannee, Georgia area.

The event is free and open to the public. Job seekers are asked to bring a current copy of their resume and at least 2 forms of ID.

Questions? Feel free to contact our Norcross office (678) 291-9225 / norcross@TRNstaffing.com. For more information, or to schedule an interview with a staff member visit our Norcross office today!

Follow Live Area Job Updates on Twitter @TRNNorcrossJobs

*Apply Online from the comfort of your home! Let TRN help you find that next great job. If you are unable to attend please “Apply Yourself” via our Online Application or Search Jobs via TRN’s Online Job Board!

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