Facility Safety

Toxic chemical release gets Ohio company 47 violations, SVEP status

December 6, 2012

After an unexpected release of hazardous materials that led to the temporary shut-down of Dover Chemical Co. and an adjacent highway in Ohio in May, OSHA has cited the company for 47 health and safety violations. Although no injuries were reported as a result of the incident, OSHA opened an investigation focused on the agency's standards for process safety management, known as PSM, at facilities that use highly hazardous chemicals.


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OSHA’s campaign against intimidating incentive programs continues

December 4, 2012

The Labor Department and Exel, Inc. have entered into a settlement agreement that resolves citations issued by OSHA for violations of OSHA’s occupational noise exposure standard and record-keeping regulations at Exel’s facility in Palmyra, NJ.


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Camfil Farr APC updates Gold Series dust and fume collectors

December 4, 2012

Camfil Farr APC has announced major updates to its popular line of Gold Series® cartridge dust and fume collectors. The revamped line features a number of design changes and cosmetic enhancements plus an expanded menu of options to ensure a clean workplace in all types of industrial environments.


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Correcting 3 myths about confined spaces

December 4, 2012
Confined spaces present some of the most challenging environments for any safety professional.


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Texas company cited for fall hazards

December 3, 2012

OSHA has cited Williams & Davis Boilers Inc. with nine safety violations - including one willful, four repeat and four serious - for continuing to expose workers to fall and other hazards at the company's facility in Hutchins. Proposed penalties total $131,670.
 


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Fire in an oil tank burns two workers

December 3, 2012

An employer notified of fire hazards in August of 2011 failed to take corrective action, says OSHA – resulting in injuries to two workers. The agency has cited Vann Energy Services LLC in Nixon, Texas with 13 safety and health violations – including two willful and three repeat – for exposing workers to flash fires and other hazards.


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Maybe that DVD of a fire in a fireplace would be better?

December 2, 2012

A fire crackling in the fireplace brings warmth and “atmosphere” to a room and a pleasant feeling of nostalgia to the heart – but it also brings an increased risk of a house fire.


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Mining exec charged for giving “heads up” on MSHA inspections

November 30, 2012

Federal prosecutors this week filed criminal charges against a Massey Energy executive in connection with illegal practices at mines owned by Massey Energy – the company that operated the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine, site of the worst mining disaster in U.S. history.


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Citations follow deadly attack on elderly convenience store clerk

November 30, 2012

A man reportedly seeking money for drugs walked into a Whip-In convenience store in Garland, Texas in May, allegedly doused 76-year-old Nancy Harris with a flammable liquid and then set her on fire – after cleaning out the cash register.


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ASSE, sustainability pros urge corporations to improve supply chain safety management

"It’s not enough to condemn local factory owners"
November 29, 2012

With workplace tragedies such as the recent factory fires in Bangladesh killing more than 100 people last weekend and in Pakistan killing more than 300 workers in September, the American Society of Safety Engineers  (ASSE) and the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (the Center) urge corporations to implement effective safety management programs and practices in their supply chains to help prevent these disasters from happening.


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