Fed-OSHA fines Pennsylvania mental health facility for workplace violence violations

A Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania mental health facility was fined $32,158 for allegedly exposing its employees to workplace violence and other hazards. According to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital was cited by Fed-OSHA after an inspection found the facility had a number of incidents in which violence was committed […]

Fed-OSHA concludes Pittsburgh bridge fire investigation, issues citation

Fed-OSHA issued a citation and proposed a penalty Tuesday after its investigation into the Liberty Bridge fire that shut down traffic on the Pittsburgh structure for nearly a month. Agency officials issued a citation for a serious violation, saying the fire hazards around an area where wielding work was being done were never moved and […]

Building under construction in New Hampshire collapses; none hurt

Officials are investigating why a building under renovation in Nashua, New Hampshire collapsed Friday morning. No one was hurt in the collapse. Representatives of Fed-OSHA were determining whether proper working conditions were being followed, officials said. New Hampshire Union-Leader

Despite new law, EPA fails to tell millions of Montana asbestos danger

It’s a lifesaving law, but many say it’s still a pipe dream. Public health officials say the long-awaited addition of asbestos to the government’s recently released list of most dangerous chemicals will save lives, especially people across the country who are living with lethal fibers dug from a Montana mine. Others believe the decades-long record […]

U.S. industry groups ask Congress to vacate EPA’s new RMP rule

Anticipating the more lenient regulatory stance of the Trump Administration and the Republican-controlled Congress, a coalition of 21 industry associations asked Congress last week to apply the Congressional Review Act to the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule amending its Risk Management Program (RMP). If the House of Representatives and the Senate act on the request […]

Occupational skin diseases: More common than you think

Occupational skin diseases are the second-most common type of occupational disease. NIOSH estimates that more than 13 million U.S. workers are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through their skin. Workers at risk of occupational skin diseases include those in construction, health care, agriculture, food service, auto repair and cosmetology. Fortunately for workers, […]