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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 […]

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  • OSHNC investigating after child falls from ride at state fair

    A 2-year-old boy was injured Friday after falling off of a ride at North Carolina State Fair. According to the N.C. Department of Labor, after the child was strapped into the ride by his father, he stood up while the ride was in motion. Officials say the child’s foot got caught in the strap and […]

  • Contractor fined $24K after employee dies in fall at Indiana animal food plant

    IOSHA has fined a Kansas-based restoration and coating contractor $24,500 following the June death of a 23-year-old employee at a Richmond, Indiana animal food factory. The maintenance employee reportedly fell about 40 feet while working on the Purina plant’s roof. The agency says the contractor failed to have a safety system in place and did […]

  • Fed-OSHA probing fatal fall at Ohio assisted living facility

    Fed-OSHA is continuing to investigate the death of a 54-year-old communications company employee who fell from the tower of an assisted living facility in Centerville, Ohio last week, in an apparent accident that has no witnesses. It is the Cincinnati area office’s second workplace fall investigation of the fiscal year, which began October 1. Last […]

  • Fed-OSHA, EPA asked to expand probes of industrial barrel-refurbishers

    Two U.S. senators have requested that Fed-OSHA and the Environmental Protection Agency expand their investigations into industrial barrel refurbishing plants, from three Wisconsin operations, to 15 facilities in 10 states. Employees have reported that chemicals were routinely mixed together, triggering reactions that resulted in chemical and heat-related burns, injuries from exploding barrels, breathing difficulties and […]

  • Whistleblower protection bill sent to president

    A bill aimed at strengthening protection for government whistleblowers passed with bipartisan support last week. It provides the Office of Special Counsel with access to information from federal agencies to allow Fed-OSHA to conduct thorough investigations of retaliation while protecting the individual whistleblower. UPI

  • Keeping new hires in the rental industry safe on the job

    The majority of new hires in rental have very little experience with most of the equipment they are about to be trained to use. Here are a few suggestions for reducing on-the-job injuries to new hires in the rental industry. Rental Pulse