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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 […]

Curated Content Articles of Interest from Around the Web

  • Idaho: 24 Fed-OSHA inspections in Canyon County so far this year

    So far, 2017 has been on par with previous years for safety inspections in Canyon County, Idaho, where several workers have been injured using forklifts and cranes, and Fed-OSHA has conducted two dozen inspections since January. Idaho Press-Tribune [may require registration]

  • Fed-OSHA to host second public VPP meeting

    Fed-OSHA is seeking stakeholder input as it explores how to revamp the Voluntary Protection Program. The second of two public meetings to discuss how to accomplish this is scheduled for August 28 in New Orleans. Safety+Health

  • North Carolina county cited for courthouse asbestos

    The Davidson County, North Carolina government failed to inform building tenants and employees of the county courthouse regarding the presence, location and quantity of asbestos-containing material or presumed asbestos-containing material, officials say. The county also allegedly performed certain asbestos work without using engineering and work practice controls that minimize the exposure to employees performing the […]

  • Wisconsin mill explosion victim continues recovery

    A 23-year-old man who lost both of his legs in a Wisconsin mill explosion in May is still recovering, and recently received prosthetic legs. A train car landed on his legs and crushed them, and a paramedic had to amputate his legs at the scene. U.S. News & World Report

  • Man spills two pounds of mercury in Houston apartment

    One floor of a Houston apartment complex was evacuated Monday after a mercury spill was reported. The man reportedly had been storing the liquid in a liquor bottle. Exposure to small amounts of mercury is considered highly dangerous, especially for small children, and has toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems. Houston Press