Latest Occupational Safety and Health Administration News

Biden administration officially withdraws vaccine rule

Jan. 25, 2022 16:46 PM EST

The Biden administration has officially withdrawn a rule that would have required workers at big companies to get vaccinated or face regular COVID testing requirements. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed the withdrawal Tuesday. But the agency said it still...

Businesses react to ruling against Biden vaccine mandate

Jan. 15, 2022 11:18 AM EST

For companies that were waiting to hear from the U.S. Supreme Court before deciding whether to require vaccinations or regular coronavirus testing for workers, the next move is up to them. Many large corporations were silent on Thursday's ruling by the high court to block a...

Biden team regroups after court loss on COVID shots-or-test

Jan. 15, 2022 00:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned but not giving up, President Joe Biden is anxiously pushing ahead to prod people to get COVID-19 shots after the Supreme Court put a halt to the administration's sweeping vaccinate-or-test plan for large employers. At a time when hospitals are being...

Biden team regroups after court loss on COVID shots-or-test

Jan. 14, 2022 22:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned but not giving up, President Joe Biden is anxiously pushing ahead to prod people to get COVID-19 shots after the Supreme Court put a halt to the administration's sweeping vaccinate-or-test plan for large employers. At a time when hospitals are being...

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

Jan. 14, 2022 01:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation's COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job. At the same time, the court is...

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

Jan. 13, 2022 21:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation's COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job. At the same time, the court is...

OSHA: Federal agency violated safety policies at Texas plant

Jan. 13, 2022 17:39 PM EST

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated safe handling policies at a helium plant in the Texas Panhandle, federal work-safety investigators reported Thursday. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a statement that it is the first time...

Chemical company cited after exposure killed 2 workers

Jan. 06, 2022 19:54 PM EST

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A chemical manufacturing company faces more than $230,000 in fines after a federal investigation found exposure to toxic chemicals led to the deaths of two employees and sickened another last summer. Daikin America exposed three chemical operators to...

Plumbing worker dies in trench collapse in Grain Valley

Dec. 30, 2021 08:25 AM EST

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (AP) — A plumbing worker has died after a trench collapsed in western Missouri. KMBC-TV reports that the accident happened Wednesday in Grain Valley, about 23 miles east of Kansas City. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said crews with Preferred...

EXPLAINER: What next as high court wades into COVID mandate?

Dec. 24, 2021 12:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Jan. 7 on whether the Biden administration can order workers at private companies and health care employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Until the court rules, millions of workers face a patchwork of requirements depending on where...