Tag Archives: OSHA

IPC Submits Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Manufacturing

On March 27, 2017, IPC filed comments in response to a March 7, 2017 Department of Commerce (DOC) Request for Information on the Impact (RFI) of Federal Regulations on Domestic Manufacturing. In our comments, IPC noted the burden imposed on manufacturers by regulations and our support of cost-effective, science-based regulations. IPC’s comments identified a number […]

OSHA Issues Recordkeeping Rule Enforcement Memorandum

Last week, OSHA released a November 10 memorandum which summarized enforcement of a recordkeeping rule that was finalized in May 2016. Under the memorandum, OSHA says its inspectors can cite employers for discouraging workers from reporting injuries and illnesses without identifying an employee who didn’t make a report. The inspector only has to identify a […]

 OSHA Extends Record-Keeping Violation Window to Five Years

On December 16, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule which extends the government’s window for citing employers for failing to record on-the-job injuries or illnesses from six months to five years. The rule overturns a 2012 federal appeals court ruling, commonly called Volks II, which upheld a six-month statute of […]

Industry Groups Concerned by Silica Standard; PCB Manufacturers Should Take Note

By Bret Bruhn, TTM Technologies; Fern Abrams, IPC The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) new standard for silica dust, published March 24, 2016, cuts the allowable 8-hour time weighted average (TWA) exposure limit for silica dust from 100 mg/l to 50 mg/l.  Printed board manufacturing involves drilling and routing of laminates containing silica glass […]

OSHA to Post Injury Records

On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final regulation that will require employers to submit to OSHA their injury and illness records electronically. OSHA will then post those records on the internet. The regulation also includes provisions to prohibit employers from discouraging employees from reporting injuries. The final regulation is […]

OSHA Finalizes GHS Rule

By Stephanie Castorina, IPC manager of environmental programs On March 20, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final Globally Harmonized System (GHS) rule for classifying and labeling chemicals, which aligns with the United Nation’s GHS for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This rule brings the United States into alignment with the United […]

U.S. OSHA Withdraws Second Regulation in Two Weeks, Seeks More Input from Small Business

On January 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) temporarily withdrew a proposed rule to restore a column on employer injury and illness logs for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). IPC and several other industry associations strongly opposed this rule on the basis that it was a precursor to broad, new efforts to enforce ergonomics […]

Assessing risks to improve safety

Manufacturing safety standards, like most other standards, are constantly evolving. Many of the documents that govern the way industrial equipment are using a similar concept, using risk assessment to ensure that injuries are kept to a minimum. The most current example is ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999, an updated robotic safety specification that’s making its debut later this […]