Fed-OSHA investigates heat-related complaint at Massachusetts gas station

Fed-OSHA is investigating a complaint that employees of a gas station booth in Brockton, Massachusetts were forced to work in extremely hot temperatures, after the air conditioning unit broke and wasn’t immediately repaired. A local news station says it obtained images of an indoor thermometer reading 95, 100.4, 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit on three separate occasions. […]

CDC study suggests revising heat guidelines

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention researchers studied 25 heat-related cases investigated by Fed-OSHA and have concluded guidelines may need to be revised to protect outdoor workers from heat. They found that the current Fed-OSHA threshold of 91 degrees may be too high and that a heat index of 85 degrees could be hazardous for […]

Michigan park officers unions says employees should be armed

The union for Michigan’s state park officers says that a recent assault on a ranger illustrates why its members need guns, Tasers and bulletproof vests to protect themselves from disorderly visitors, but some visitors disagree. The union says it has been gathering information on violence in state parks since 2017, when a 300-person fight broke […]

Workplace violence: Who is at highest risk and what steps to take

About 2 million workers are victims of workplace violence each year. It can strike anywhere and no one is immune. Some occupations/businesses carry a greater risk than others. Do you work in a high-risk category? Clarion Ledger (Jackson, Miss.)

Two workers injured in fire at North Dakota drilling rig

Fed-OSHA is investigating a fire that occurred at a drilling rig McKenzie County, North Dakota on June 30 that caused minor burns to two employees. A Fed-OSHA official said the employees were treated and released at a local hospital for burns to their hands. Bismarck Tribune

Oregon adopts new pesticide-drift protections

Oregon OSHA recently announced that it has adopted rules that exceed federal requirements and increase protections against the risk of pesticides drifting off their mark when spraying outdoors. The rules expand a protective zone; extend the evacuation period; require doors, windows, and air intakes to be closed during pesticide applications; and require storage for shoes […]