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Comment deadline on proposed OSHA injury reporting rule extended

A comment period on a proposed rule that employers have a "continuing obligation" to keep and maintain injury records has been extended to October 28. The proposed rule would require employers to enter every recordable case on their injury log and update logs with cases not previously recorded. These obligations remain for the five years employers are required to keep and maintain records.

Publication to protect the safety of firefighters, other responders revised

To better protect emergency responders, there is a revised Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems. The manual explains how different building features can affect fire service operations.

Sometimes it's just hard to believe

Minnesota OSHA inspectors have posted "Best of the Worst" photos of hazardous work practices. You might not believe what you see in this photo gallery

Be on the lookout: NLRB decision may mean more OSHA scrutiny for temporary workers and franchisor-franchisee relationships

In a close vote, a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the Browning-Ferris Industries case "refined" its standard for determining joint-employer status, announcing a new joint-employer standard that is significantly broader and more inclusive than the standard the NLRB has upheld for the past 30 years. While the OSHA definition of "employer" is not identical to the definition in the National Labor Relations Act, it could adopt the reasoning of the Browning Ferris decision and treat multiple contractors as controlling employers, significantly increasing franchisor and staffing agencies' exposure to citations even when they had no control over the workplace or awareness of the hazard.

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Detailed descriptions of the citations above and other OSHA citations can be found here.