Facility Safety

Wildfires threaten community safety

August 22, 2012

Dozens of fires sparked by high temperatures, severe drought conditions and strong winds have blanketed the western part of the U.S. including Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and California in recent months, making this fire season one of the worst in history.


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Workers’ formaldehyde exposure nets company multiple violations

August 21, 2012

A New Jersey chemical company failed to ensure that its workers were not overexposed to formaldehyde, resulting in some of the 14 health and safety violations lodged against it recently by OSHA. Proposed penalties total $82,500.


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Coal miner trapped underground for four hours rescued

August 21, 2012

A coal miner trapped underground for nearly four hours earlier this month got out alive, thanks to the efforts of company personnel and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) officials – who happened to be at the mine to conduct an inspection.


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GAO backs science behind coal dust PEL

August 20, 2012

An Obama administration plan to decrease black lung disease by reducing the amount of respirable dust to which coal miners are exposed has gotten the nod from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), which has determined that scientific research behind proposed exposure limits is valid.


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OSHA eTool helps employers prevent shock and electrocution hazards

August 18, 2012

To provide assistance to employers in complying with OSHA's Subpart S Electrical Standards for General Industry electrical installation standard, the agency has developed the new "Subpart S eTool" (eTools are "stand-alone," interactive, Web-based training tools on occupational safety and health topics).


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Checked your smoke detector batteries lately?

August 16, 2012

They’re mostly common sense, but the recommendations recently issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics for ways to reduce your risk of a fire at home bear repeating:


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Fed agencies to meet on oil and gas industry safety and health

August 16, 2012

OSHA, the EPA, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) are inviting the public to participate in an upcoming stakeholder meeting on the use and implementation of performance-based regulatory models for enhanced safety and environmental performance in the United States oil and gas industry.


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Fall, lockout/tagout hazards continue at Pa. food company

Proposed fines total $140,000
August 15, 2012

OSHA has cited MVP Kosher Foods LLC for 21 safety and health – including two repeat – violations at its Birdsboro facility. The company faces $140,000 in penalties following a February inspection initiated in response to a complaint alleging the hazards.
 


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Disabled workers get injured more both on and off the job

August 14, 2012

U.S. workers who have disabilities are injured at more than twice the rate of workers who are not disabled, according to new research published in the September issue of the American Journal of Public Health.


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Al. furniture workers exposed to combustible dust

August 14, 2012

Scholar Craft Products Inc., doing business as Melsur Corp., has been cited by OSHA for 25 safety and health violations following an inspection at its Birmingham furniture manufacturing plant.


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