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  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

  • Cal/OSHA Seeks Huge Penalties in Refinery Explosion

    The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited ExxonMobil Refining for 19 alleged violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery. The incident only slightly injured four workers, but investigators concluded that management had been aware of hazardous conditions at the unit in question, yet took no steps […]

  • Standards Board Finally Gets Seats Filled

    Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed four current members of the Cal/OSH Standards Board and named two new members to Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body. The appointments are being said to provide both stability and new faces to the board. The newly appointed members are Robert Blink, 62, of San Francisco, and John Sacco, 60, of Rocklin. Both […]

  • Short Window to Comment on Heat Illness Guidance

    Do you have questions about Cal/OSHA’s new revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation? Do you want the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address your ideas and concerns in its updated guidance document on the regulation? You have to act fast – before Friday, March 6 if you want to weigh in. DOSH […]

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  • Feds continue to investigate Oklahoma rig explosion

    As federal investigators investigate what led to the natural gas explosion that killed five people in January on a drilling rig near Quinton, Oklahoma, the well is almost ready for production, according to state officials. Fed-OSHA last month cited three companies involved with the well site for fines collectively totaling $118,000. Among the citations, each […]

  • Hearing loss: Who’s at risk?

    Occupational hearing loss can affect all industries and all workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hearing loss is the most common occupational disease in America today, and the second most self-reported occupational illness or injury, according to the CDC. mySuburbanLife

  • Construction continues at downtown Ithaca site after Fed-OSHA site visit

    Although Fed-OSHA received calls from concerned community members regarding unsafe working conditions at a downtown Ithaca, New York hotel construction job, the worksite remains active following the agency’s investigation. Concern first arose on Friday when photos of an individual erecting frame scaffolding on the building’s west face were sent to the Syracuse area office of […]

  • Alleging Fed-OSHA violations, injured crane operator files suit

    A lawsuit filed in West Virginia by a man who alleges he suffered serious injuries when a large section of roof fell on him while he was operating a crane accuses the defendant corporation of allowing an unsafe workplace that presented “a high degree of risk and a strong probability of serious injury or death.” […]

  • Black lung screenings encouraged as cases rise

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health mobile occupational safety and health unit set up shop in Athens, Ohio on Friday. bright and early on Friday, and screened coal miners for pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung. Since 2000, cases of the disease have surged, and one tenth of coal miners who worked underground […]

  • New Hampshire: Concord hospital working to avert staff injuries

    During the first six months of this year, at least 10 nurses and mental health workers at New Hampshire Hospital in Concord were hurt badly enough by patients that they had to miss at least one day of work, nearly double the number of such serious injuries at the hospital in all of 2017, records […]