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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

  • No cancer-causing erionite found at Arizona mine site

    Although some residents have been vocal in their fears of potential airborne carcinogens, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has received results of scientific tests indicating there is no erionite or harmful asbestos-like materials present on the proposed pozzolan mine in Skull Valley, Arizona. Opponents believed erionite, or some other form of harmful asbestiform silica, […]

  • Authorities ID Tennessee worker killed by falling sign

    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee police have identified the 48-year-old man who died Thursday in an accident at a construction site when a restaurant sign fell onto him. Mountain Press (Sevierville, Tenn.) [may require registration]

  • More than 20 workers injured in blast near Houston

    Twenty-one workers were injured Saturday morning in an explosion at a Pasadena, Texas facility that is the world’s largest ethylene vinyl alcohol plant. None of the injuries reportedly were life threatening. Fed-OSHA records show no past violations at the site. LMTonline

  • Fed-OSHA floats changes to crane operator qualification rules

    Late last week Fed-OSHA announced that it is looking to make changes to the certification and evaluation process for crane operators. The proposed rule would amend federal regulations on construction crane and derrick operator training, certification, licensing and competency. Law360