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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

  • Cape Cod landscaper seriously injured in wood chipper incident

    A landscaper reportedly lost a leg after becoming trapped in a wood chipper at a Yarmouth, Massachusetts worksite on Friday, according to authorities. Fed-OSHA has been notified. The man’s injuries were described as life-threatening. Worcester Telegram

  • USDA investigating Maryland chicken plant for alleged animal abuse

    A Maryland chicken-processing facility reportedly is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after an animal rights group released video that appeared to depict workers mistreating birds. The National Employment Law Project says a plan to allow slaughterhouses to increase kill-line speeds could negatively affect worker safety. Washington Post [with video]

  • Wildfire smoke and N95 masks

    The N95 mask, often sold at hardware stores and pharmacies, is one of seven particulate filtering facepiece respirators and the most common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It filters out 95 percent of airborne particles to help protect lungs from damage. How should it be used, and how long does it […]

  • NIOSH releases report on Delaware firefighter deaths

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released a long-awaited, 99-page report into the deaths of three Wilmington, Delaware firefighters related to a row-home fire in September 2016. Contributing factors, according to the report, include lack of scene assessment and size-up, inappropriate tactics for a below-grade fire, lack of a personnel accountability system, […]

  • ‘Dry cleaning is dirtier than you think’

    Scientists have known for decades that the main dry cleaning chemical perchloroethylene is dangerous. The American Cancer Society describes epidemiological studies that show workers regularly exposed to it have increased rates of lymphomas and esophagus, kidney, cervix, and bladder cancers. Popular Science