Facility Safety

Deadly Venezuela refinery fire finally under control

August 30, 2012

A Venezuelan refinery disaster that killed dozens of people and damaged hundreds of homes has finally been declared over, according to the country’s Oil Minister. Rafael Ramirez said that four days after the massive explosion which sparked the fire, the site is now in a “cooling phase.”


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Growth in Federal VPP sites levels off

68 fewer sites in 2012 versus 2010
August 29, 2012

After rapid expansion since the inception of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), the number of sites receiving VPP certification has shown a slight decrease in recent years.


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OSHA certifies Monsanto facility as “Star” site

30 workers conduct corn hybrid testing and development
August 29, 2012

OSHA has recognized the management and employees of the Monsanto Gothenburg Water Utilization Learning Center and Breeding Facility for excellence in the company’s safety and health program.


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VPPPA exec director champions program’s strengths

Represents a holistic approach to safety
August 29, 2012

R. Davis Layne, executive director of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participant Association, testified on Thursday, June 28, before the Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Education and the Workforce in a hearing, entitled, "Promoting Safe Workplaces Through Voluntary Protection Programs."


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Ashland Specialty Ingredients raises the VPP flag

August 29, 2012

Ashland Specialty Ingredients received a flag to be flown at the plant and a plaque Aug. 15 that acknowledges the star rating achieved in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program.


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Close scrutiny and questions when a VPP site has a fatality

August 29, 2012
This story is part of a series, "Model Workplaces, Imperiled Workers," by the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News.


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OSHA task force proposes 34 VPP reforms

Cites “muddled guidance, inaccurate data, and regional inconsistencies
August 29, 2012
OSHA Deputy Jordan Barab testified on VPP on Capitol Hill in June.


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OSHA’s interpretation: Air testing not only means to evaluate exposures

August 28, 2012

Dear Mr. McCullough: Thank you for your October 21, 2011, letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). You requested an interpretation of OSHA's Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.134, specifically concerning the general requirements at §1910.134(d)(l)(iii), regarding identifying and evaluating the respiratory hazard(s) in the workplace.


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Poor HazCom plan, lack of fall protection get Pa. company in hot water

August 27, 2012

OSHA has cited Danco Precision Inc. in Phoenixville with 14 safety violations found at the company's manufacturing facility. OSHA's March investigation, initiated as part of the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high injury and illness rates, resulted in $55,500 in proposed penalties.
 


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CSB releases stunning photos from Chevron Refinery fire

August 23, 2012

Although the photos released by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) were taken nine miles away, the vapor cloud rising from the burning Chevron Richmond Refinery is enormous.


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