U.S. Department of Labor and Dollar General Enter Corporate-Wide Settlement

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has finalized a corporate-wide settlement with Dollar General and its retail subsidiaries. This agreement, announced yesterday, aims to make significant changes across Dollar General stores nationwide. “This agreement commits Dollar General to making worker safety a priority by implementing significant and systematic changes in […]

The Importance of Wearing a Respirator at Incident Sites with Contaminants

Industrial incidents often result in the release of various airborne contaminants, posing significant health risks to responders and workers. For Incident Response Attorneys, understanding the importance of wearing a respirator in such environments is crucial for personal safety. Types of Airborne Contaminants at Industrial Sites Dust from materials like cement and asbestos, fibers such as […]

Keeping Workers Safe from Heat Hazards

OSHA has reportedly submitted the final version of its proposed heat illness rule to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). This means the rule should be publicly available soon. Since 2022, OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Outdoor and Indoor Heat Hazards has focused on educating and enforcing safety in industries […]

Integrating Safety Processes and Managing Safety Data after a Merger and Acquisition

Recently, the energy industry has witnessed a significant uptick in mergers and acquisitions, reflecting a trend of consolidation within the sector. Major energy companies are increasingly pursuing strategic mergers to enhance their market position, optimize resources, and drive growth amidst fluctuating oil prices and evolving regulatory landscapes. These moves are often driven by the need […]

Building a Culture of Preparedness with Emergency Planning

At IFO Group, we understand that effective emergency planning goes beyond having protocols and procedures; it requires the active involvement and commitment of every member of an organization. That is why we emphasize the significance of building a culture of preparedness, where employees are not just passive participants but proactive contributors to the safety and […]

The Importance of Job Safety Analysis (JSA) In Preventing Workplace Accidents

As advocates for workplace safety, IFO Group expert consultants understand the important role that a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) plays in preventing accidents and ensuring the well-being of employees.  Job Safety Analysis, commonly known as JSA or Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), is a systematic process used to identify, assess, and mitigate workplace hazards associated with […]

OSHA’s Continued Commitment to Heat Safety in the Workplace

As temperatures rise across the United States, so does the risk of heat-related illnesses for workers laboring both outdoors and indoors. Through its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Outdoor and Indoor Heat-Related Hazards, OSHA continues to focus on addressing the dangers of heat exposure in workplaces nationwide. Since its inception in 2022, OSHA’s NEP has […]

Staying Off OSHA’s Severe Violator List (SVL)

Maintaining a safe work environment is not only a legal requirement – it is also a moral obligation that every business owes its employees. Staying off OSHA’s Severe Violator List (SVL) is extremely important to workplaces that pride themselves on having a strong safety culture.  What does it take to steer clear of this list?  […]

OSHA’s Final “Walkaround” Rule – What Employers Need to Know

On April 1, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule on clarifying who can accompany OSHA inspectors during workplace inspections. This “Worker Walkaround Representative Designation Process Rule” is set to take effect on May 31, 2024, and will bring clarity and guidance to an essential aspect of workplace safety compliance. Under […]

Essential Steps to Protect Your Business During an OSHA Inspection

For any business, ensuring compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations is a critical aspect of maintaining a safe workplace environment. An unexpected OSHA inspection can be a daunting experience, but with proper preparation and adherence to necessary steps, you can protect your business and demonstrate a commitment to workplace safety. Here is […]