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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

  • Seattle-area worker dies after falling off barge

    A worker died Thursday near Seattle after falling off of a gravel barge on the Duwamish Waterway. Fire crews recovered the worker from the water in critical condition, but later pronounced him dead at the scene. Fed-OSHA is expected to investigate. KOMO

  • MNOSHA faults truck manufacturer in January explosion

    Minnesota OSHA has concluded that McNeilus Truck Manufacturing improperly sent trucks fueled with compressed natural gas into the baker in its painting process, causing an explosion that injured five employees January 11 at the company’s plant in Dodge Center. Three employees suffered contusions and smoke inhalation, and two others suffered burns over 50 percent of […]

  • Complaint of lead contamination at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

    Several workers at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia have reached out to WAVY TV about possible lead exposure. Lead contamination reportedly was found in a building at the shipyard’s Non-Nuclear Weld School. However, since the station began its investigation two months ago, two major changes have already occurred. WAVY [with video]

  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard managers involved in ‘cover-up’ of employee poisoning

    A KING 5 investigation has found that Puget Sound Naval Shipyard safety managers gave misinformation to Fed-OSHA investigators about employee toxic chlorine gas exposures following the agency’s 2013 investigation of conditions at a wastewater treatment plant at the site. The news station reports that it has obtained internal Navy records showing documented warnings of unhealthy […]

  • Fatal incident at southeast Texas ExxonMobil plant under investigation

    Fed-OSHA continued its investigation last week of into a fatal industrial accident that occurred December 1 at ExxonMobil near Port Arthur, Texas. A 31-year-old man was working on new construction at the plant when the incident occurred. An April 2013 flash fire at the facility left four contract workers with serious burns; two of those […]

  • Oregon: Pesticide rules raise hackles in Medford

    At a session held last week at the Medford library, OR-OSHA representatives took questions about a proposal that would allow agricultural workers to shelter inside farmworker housing while certain pesticides are being sprayed. Worker advocates say the state should instead create no-spray buffers around housing. Oregon is proposing the rules as an alternative to a […]

  • Pipeline explosion kills father and son

    A 59-year-old father and his 30-year-old son were killed in a natural gas pipeline explosion while working on a northern Illinois farm field last week. Two others were reportedly injured, one critically, in the incident, which occurred when a tractor struck the pipeline. Peoria Public Radio

  • Fed-OSHA head nominee Mugno talks teamwork during confirmation hearing

    Scott Mugno, vice president of safety, sustainability and vehicle maintenance at FedEx Ground, and the president’s nominee to lead Fed-OSHA, participated in a two-and-a-half-hour Senate hearing last week along with three other nominees. Mugno also has served as OSHA subcommittee chairman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Safety+Health