Reinhart Foods, site of freezer collapse death, had 29 violations in 5 years

Reinhart Foods in Virginia is, at least, the company’s second workplace fatality in eight years. And, it’s paid nearly $70,000 in workplace violation fines since 2011. The Manassas location, where Tuesday’s fatality happened, was inspected in July of 2015 after a complaint regarding safety concerns. But no violations were issued. WJLA (Washington, D.C.)

House Budget Committee to Fed-OSHA: Stop issuing fines for non-serious violations

he House Budget Committee issued a report March 23 calling for “commonsense reforms” to Fed-OSHA enforcement that include barring the agency from issuing fines in certain situations. The report stressed the need for “regulatory relief” for employers. Fed-OSHA should build on the success employers have had in preventing workplace incidents and not “unnecessarily punish job […]

Ag retailers roncerned with Fed-OSHA’s stance on PSM exemption

The Agricultural Retailers Association and many farmers are concerned that Fed-OSHA is bypassing Congressional intent regarding the Process Safety Management regulations. ARA President and CEO Darren Coppock says Fed-OSHA is changing the rules by letting the PSM exemption given to ag retailers run out starting October 1. WNAX (Yankton, S.D.)

Fed-OSHA investigating electrical explosion at Florida VA building

Fed-OSHA is investigating what is being called a suspected electrical explosion at the construction site of an eventual Veterans Affairs hospital in Tallahassee, Florida. On Tuesday afternoon, two workers were injured at the building. Tallahassee Democrat

Winter Woods cited by Fed-OSHA

A Wisconsin wood décor and floral supplier exposed workers to toxic levels of chemicals in adhesives and paints because, federal inspectors determined, the workplace lacked adequate engineering controls needed to reduce harmful vapors. Agency inspectors found a lack of sufficient engineering controls allowed employees to suffer exposure to toluene and xylene, chemicals commonly used in […]

Respiratory protection essentials: preparing health care employees for next pandemic

In March 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health published the results of a multi-year surveillance study examining the efficacy of respirator use in health care facilities where airborne transmission of diseases is likely. The findings of the study are alarming: evidence collected during the study indicated gaps in hospitals’ respiratory protection policies […]