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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

  • Criminal probe of Sioux Falls building collapse continuing

    The criminal investigation into the collapse of a downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota building will last for at least another 90 days, according to a court filing. The status report was furnished to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, which is hearing an appeal from a construction contractor that was issued more than $200,000 […]

  • Study finds new black lung epidemic in coal country

    Although a recent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study identified the largest cluster ever reported of complicated black lung disease, the actual number of cases is likely much higher, because the government numbers rely on self-reporting. Researchers are are seeing an uptick in progressive massive fibrosis, the most deadly form of black lung, […]

  • Fed-OSHA cites Alabama plastics company in connection with fatal accident

    Fed-OSHA has fined a Helena, Alabama plastics firm nearly $200,000 in connection with a fatal 2017 accident that occurred when an employee was pulled into a plastics recycling machine. The agency charged several violations, including one willful citation for failing to provide machine guarding to protect employees from caught-in and amputation hazards. The employer was […]

  • NIOSH’s latest research agenda for manufacturing sector looks at new technology

    NIOSH has published its National Occupational Research Agenda for Manufacturing. It provides “guidance to investigators concerning where information is lacking and what gaps need to be addressed in future research and other actions” and contains six objectives, mainly focused on changes in the sector brought about by investments in new technology. Safety+Health

  • New Fed-OSHA tree care publication

    Fed-OSHA recently published a guidance document that addresses five major hazards for the tree care industry, including traffic control, chippers, aerial lifts, power lines and drop zones for falling objects. Unlike some other industries, there is no specific OSHA standard that regulates employers in the tree care industry. National Law Review