Chemical industry self-policing called into question, government oversight lax

The chemical industry claims that government regulation of it is unnecessary; that its voluntary standards are sufficient to keep its plants safe. But a new report shows that that’s not the case. The Center for Effective Government took a look at chemical plants in the United States and found that they’re endangering workers and the […]

Fed-OSHA places focus on poultry workers’ safety

Fed-OSHA has launched a Regional Emphasis Program in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas intended to prompt employers to protect poultry industry workers and reduce injury and illness rates. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma ranked second, sixth and 10th, respectively, among the nation’s largest chicken producers, accounting for […]

Opinion: Worker safety at Hanford cleanup remains top priority

A new Hanford lawsuit has been filed by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson against the U.S. Department of Energy and one of its contractors, Washington River Protection Solutions. This litigation alleges that hazardous vapors from some of Hanford’s 177 underground storage tanks pose significant health risks to tank-farm workers. These underground tanks do contain some […]

NIOSH, AIHA launch young worker education program

NIOSH and the American Industrial Hygiene Association have launched an initiative to raise awareness about occupational safety and health among young workers. In the module, which AIHA members will help deliver at the nation’s schools and among youth groups, young workers can learn about identifying workplace hazards and emergencies, injury and illness prevention, and communicating […]

NIOSH: Blood-lead levels in working adults have dropped

The prevalence of employed adults with high levels of lead in their blood has fallen since the mid-1990s, according to a new NIOSH report. NIOSH and 41 state health departments collected blood-lead level data on working adults from 1994 to 2012. Safety+Health

Hawaii: Crackdown on solar contractors for safety violations

As Hawaii’s rooftop solar industry continues to grow, more contractors are being hit with fines relating to fall protection violations. Half the state’s top 10 contractors have had to pay fines for fall protection violations over the past five years. Washington Times

Updated rules mean workplace injuries are under closer inspection

From the start of this year through mid-September, Ohio employers called Fed-OSHA to inspect nearly 200 amputations. There’s no way to know if this is an increase or a decrease over last year, or any previous year for that matter. Before 2015, companies were rarely required to file a report if an employee lost a […]