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Lighten Up: Industrial lighting can save energy, elevate moods & boost productivity

March 3, 2014
Workers surveyed by the Kensington Technology Group listed eyestrain as a leading cause of physical stress in the workplace.


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California moves ahead on refinery safety improvements

February 28, 2014

California’s initiative to improve refinery safety is getting a big thumb’s up from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). A report recently released by the California Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety “is an important milestone for improving refinery safety across the State of California,” said CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso.


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Tesoro blocks feds from investigating refinery accident

Two workers severely burned in chemical spill
February 27, 2014

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is demanding access to the Tesoro refinery in Martinez, California, in order to investigate a Feb. 12 chemical spill that resulted in first- and second-degree burns to two workers.


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The Kleen Energy plant tragedy-

4 years after deadly plant explosion: no ban on gas blows, fines slashed

February 20, 2014

After six workers were killed in a massive gas explosion at the Kleen Energy plant in Middletown, Connecticut four years ago, federal investigators tallied hundreds of violations at the site and issued $16.6 million in penalties against more than a dozen companies — the third-largest workplace-safety fine in the nation's history.


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Conn. reproductions manufacturer reproduces hazards as well

Artbeats Inc. faces citations, fines for repeat violations
February 19, 2014

OSHA has cited Artbeats Inc. for repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at its Cheshire facility. The company, which manufactures reproductions of prints and paintings, faces $56,430 in proposed fines following an inspection by OSHA's Bridgeport Area Office begun Dec. 3, 2013, in response to a worker complaint.


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A lesson from tragedy:

How to avoid a fire caused by heating equipment
February 17, 2014

In the wake of a house fire that killed a mother and eight children in Kentucky January 30, Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is offering tips on how other can avoid similar fire tragedies. Police said the fire in the Kentucky incident started when a combustible material fell against an electric heater in a bedroom as a family slept.


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Worker in N.Y. fatally burned in confined space accident

No gas detection measures in place, inadequate ventilation
February 17, 2014

Serious workplace safety violations were found in connection with a September 2013 explosion that killed one worker and injured another at Canastota Wastewater Treatment plant in New York, according to OSHA.


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FabEnCo introduces new Pallet Safety Gate

February 14, 2014

FabEnCo, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of self-closing industrial safety gates, announced today that the company has developed a new Pallet Safety Gate that will be added to the company’s full line of safety gate products.


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OSHA joins forces with fertilizer industry to spread word about chemical safety

February 11, 2014

With the devastating April 2013 explosion in West, Texas still fresh in the minds of Americans, OSHA is hoping that a just-initiated partnership with the Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute will help prevent future tragedies involving ammonium nitrate – the culprit in the West, Texas catastrophe.


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Weekly news round-up

Cruise ship safety, hand injuries and PtD in headlines
February 8, 2014

The ASSE and AIHA weigh in on OSHA’s proposed silica rule, a worker dies from heat stress and good news about air pollution in the U.S. were among this week’s top EHS-related stories as featured on ISHN.com:


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