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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

  • Roof collapse injures three in Wisconsin

    Three people were injured Tuesday afternoon by the collapse of the roof of a strip mall under construction in Lawrence, Wisconsin. Rescuers found one person trapped by collapsed roof trusses and two others injured; one wall was leaning precariously. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Green Bay Press Gazette

  • Houston-area oil facility under shelter-in-place order

    Shell’s oil manfacturing complex in Deer Park, Texas issued a shelter-in-place order for certain parts of its site Wednesday after low levels of benzene were detected at the facility. The company didn’t immediately say any injuries were reported. ABC 13 (Houston) [with video]

  • Union criticizes report on arson fire that killed Ohio fireman

    A union says an internal report on the arson fire that killed a Hamilton, Ohio fireman in 2015 is flawed and ignores some factors. The internal report took nearly three and a half years to complete, much longer than most internal reports. Journal-News (Dayton, Ohio)

  • Falling pipe kills well site worker

    A 60-year-old man died after a pipe reportedly fell on him at a gas well drilling site in North Beaver Township, Pennsylvania on Monday. The worker and his colleagues reportedly were securing a load of pipe onto a truck when two of the pipes fell and one struck him in the chest. Fed-OSHA is expected […]

  • Preparing for and addressing workplace violence

    Understanding the types of workplace violence as identified by Fed-OSHA and the FBI can assist employers with crafting a customized and comprehensive approach to the issues of prevention and preparedness. Texas Lawyer