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  • 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 […]

  • FLASH: Heat Illness Changes Approved – It’s Training Time

    Over the objections of employer groups and applause from labor representatives, the Cal/OSH Standards Board approved major revisions to the state’s heat illness prevention standard. Executive Officer Marley Hart said the board would request an early effective date for the revisions from the Office of Administrative Law – April 1 instead of July 1. That […]

Curated Content Articles of Interest from Around the Web

  • Two employees killed, one injured in W.V. industrial accident

    Two people have died and one has been hospitalized following an explosion in Barbour County, West Virginia, according to a preliminary report by state environmental regulators. The incident happened at an odorant equipment processing facility for the natural gas industry while employees were prepping a tank for cleaning using bleach. Exponent Telegram (Clarksburg, W.V.)

  • Ohio hazardous waste facility considers plea in employee’s death

    The company that operates a Cincinnati-area hazardous waste management facility faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide related to the death of a 20-year-old man in a flash fire and explosion in late December 2012. The employee’s supervisor faces similar charges. The employee was cleaning air filters when a chemical reaction resulted in a […]

  • Proposed budget shows no major changes to Fed-OSHA, MSHA funding

    Under the Trump administration’s latest spending plan, NIOSH may experience a sizable budget reduction and the Chemical Safety Board still is scheduled for elimination. However, Fed-OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration would see relatively small changes in funding for fiscal year 2018. The Department of Labor says it plans to make at least […]

  • ‘The violent workplace’

    While it’s impossible to prevent all tragic events, especially those involving an armed assailant entering the building despite an order of protection against him, there are ways to reduce the likelihood of workplace violence. A 2014 Scientific American article focused on nurses in a hospital setting and found that healthcare workers experience the most nonfatal […]

  • Nashville construction workers argue for safer jobsites

    In a recent survey conducted by a coalition of unions and related organizations in the South, the city of Nashville, Tennessee stands out for its high rate of reported injuries and widespread use of temporary staffing agencies, two issues that researchers say are intertwined. The rate of injuries reported by Nashville workers in the previous […]

  • Staffing firm to contest fine related to building collapse

    A temporary labor agency that supplied workers for building remodeling project in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will contest its fine, Fed-OSHA has reported. A 24-year-old construction worker died in the early December collapse. The temp agency received fines totaling more than $114,000 and more than a dozen citations last month for violations ranging from […]

  • Secondhand smoke hazards

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies secondhand smoke or environmental tobacco smoke as a Group A carcinogen. Can you develop cancer from smelling smoke odors on clothing or being in a room where people have been smoking? Philadelphia Tribune