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In the News: OSHA Updates March 15, 2016:

Hazard Communications: OSHA has announced that they are extending the public comment period on guidance for determining potential health hazards of chemicals

To allow stakeholders more time to review and comment, OSHA has extended the public comment period to May 2, 2016, for its draft Guidance on Data Evaluation for Weight of Evidence Determination. For more information or to comment, visit OSHA’s webpage on the draft guidelines.

Record keeping: OSHA has just released a reminder that Employers must post injury and illness summaries now through April

A reminder was also included that businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements.  A note was included to alert employers that as of Jan. 1, 2015, certain previously exempt industries are now covered. Lists of both exempt and newly covered industries are available on OSHA’s website. We would encourage our readers to visit OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information on recordkeeping requirements.On March 15th OSHA released a reminder for employers to post injury and illness summaries.  The article mentioned employers’ obligation to post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2015. OSHA also mentioned that the summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted each year between Feb. 1 and April 30.

You can access form 300A by logging into HCP â€" and entering My Office. You’ll click on the Forms tab on the left hand side of the screen.  Type 300A in the search bar and the form will download for you.

If you have further questions about OSHA’s updates on either Hazard Communications or illness and injury posting requirements contact [email protected] .

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