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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

  • Railway ordered to pay $85K for whistleblower violations

    Fed-OSHA has ordered the operator of Massachusetts railroad system to pay an employee who was injured on the job $10,000 in compensatory damages, $75,000 in punitive damages and attorney’s fees. The day after reporting the injury, the employee was required to attend an investigative hearing, with possible disciplinary action or termination as an outcome. MassLive

  • Maintenance worker falls to death from Pennsylvania plant roof

    Fed-OSHA is investigating after a 41-year-old man fell about 90 feet to his death last Monday from an exterior roof at the Georgia Pacific MDF plant near Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania. He had been performing scheduled maintenance at the time of the accident. Olean Times Herald

  • Top Fed-OSHA fines levied since May

    Fed-OSHA recently has hit construction contractors with substantial monetary penalties, including one against a Virginia firm for more than $304,000 for violations under the relatively new silica dust exposure standard. Construction Dive