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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

  • Michigan: Lack of transparency a problem with workplace deaths, families say

    Joshua Fejedelem says he still doesn’t know specific details of how his father died in a workplace accident six months ago at a tow-truck company in Lansing, Michigan. Copies of the full investigative reports into Michigan workplace deaths are not readily available for family members of those killed. mLive

  • CSB releases findings on fatal 2017 Louisiana tank explosion

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has completed its investigation into the 2017 tank explosion at Packaging Corporation of America’s DeRidder, Louisiana facility, the agency announced on Tuesday. The accident occurred as workers were welding atop a foul condensate vessel. The board found that in the months leading up to the incident, confusion as to who […]

  • Q&A: Workplace safeguards for welder

    Some of the chemicals used in different types of welding cause irritation in the lungs and can predispose a person to respiratory infections. And the ultraviolet light produced during welding can damage skin and eyes. Adequate ventilation probably is the most important part of a welder’s safety practices, from the standpoint of chemical exposure. St. […]

  • Fed-OSHA fines plastics manufacturer $261K

    Fed-OSHA has fined Wilbert Plastic Services $261,000 for alleged violations at its Bellevue, Ohio injection molding plant. The agency cited repeat violations including not protecting employees from falls or electrical hazards as they worked on machinery. Plastics News

  • Farm supply chain fined for forklift violations

    Fed-OSHA has fined Rural King Supply Inc. $258,672 following complaints that employees at a Xenia, Ohio store were allowed to operate a damaged forklift after employees had reported it to have faulty brakes. Dayton Daily News

  • Lawsuit claims noise at New Mexico capitol causes hearing loss

    A woman has alleged in a lawsuit that a contractor was cutting or drilling through a metal desktop in the New Mexico state capitol lobby when she visited two years ago, and that the noise caused severe pain and hearing loss that has impaired her volunteer work at a wildlife refuge. Albuquerque Journal