Asphalt sealcoats can be harmful to health, environment

Spring is in the air, and with it the sharp odor of freshly sealed asphalt driveways and parking lots. Used to improve the appearance and prolong the life of asphalt pavement, some sealcoats can be as toxic as they smell: Asphalt sealcoats containing coal tar, a byproduct of steel production, are a known health and […]

New Jersey tortilla maker fined $112K for alleged safety violations

A New Jersey company that makes tortillas has been fined $112,000 by Fed-OSHA for a number of alleged safety violations, including blocked fire exits. Fed-OSHA has issued 24 citations against the Passaic-based Oaxaca Mexican Products on May 3. NJ Advance Media

North Carolina tree company fined $39,200 in worker’s death

OSHNC has fined a Belmont, North Carolina-based tree removal service $39,200 in connection with the death of a 19-year-old worker who was pulled into a wood chipper at a home in December. The owner of Crawford Tree Service & Stump Grinding Co. was cited for failing to repair the lower feed stop bar on the […]

New Fed-OSHA rule requires companies to make records public

Fed-OSHA’s new disclosure rule, published on May 11, 2016, and effective Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data to Fed-OSHA. While these companies are currently required to internally record injury and illness data, an extra administrative step has been added wherein companies must provide this information to Fed-OSHA. The […]

Hiring hurdle: Finding workers who can pass a drug test

All over the country, employers say they see a disturbing downside of tighter labor markets as they try to rebuild from the worst recession since the Depression: They are struggling to find workers who can pass a pre-employment drug test. That hurdle partly stems from the growing ubiquity of drug testing, at corporations with big […]

Looking for answers into death of a Pennsylvania firefighter

Fighting fires continues to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Over the past 10 years, a firefighter is likely to die on the job almost once every four days, according to data from the U.S. Fire Administration and NIOSH. When an 18-year-old firefighter died last year in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania a […]

NIOSH releases new edition of Manual of Analytical Methods

NIOSH has released the fifth edition, and first exclusively electronic edition, of its Manual of Analytical Methods. The manual is a collection of methods for sampling and analyzing toxins in workplace air and surfaces, as well as in the blood and urine of exposed workers. The methods outline how to collect and analyze samples in […]