China's Ministry of Health and State Administration of Work Safety have agreed to upgrade the country's mine medical rescue center to part of the national emergency rescue system, according to a post on the People’s Republic of China official government web portal.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a press statement, is warning consumers to beware of unscrupulous vendors who may market ineffective and unregistered products or services that claim to disinfect surfaces or entire rooms against the H1N1 influenza virus. In the current flu-conscious climate, heightened anxiety about the spread of the H1N1 virus has bred false claims in the marketplace.
OSHA announced in a press release that the agency has issued citations to Cambria Contracting Inc. for 11 alleged willful violations of the OSHA construction asbestos standard for failing to train and protect its workers at a Buffalo, N.Y., jobsite. The Lockport, N.Y., demolition contractor faces a total of $484,000 in proposed penalties.
Yesterday marked the official end of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane season which ran from June 1st to November 30th. Although it was a quiet season along the Atlantic coast, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in a press statement, continues to urge citizens across the country to stay prepared, as disasters are not limited to hurricanes or a specific time of year â€” they can occur anytime, anywhere.
NIOSH is soliciting public comments on a proposed project to assess the current and future professional occupational safety and health workforce, according to a notice published in the Federal Register.
According to a recent American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) webcast “Sustainability: An Emerging Force in Business & Its Impact Upon the Safety Profession” presented by Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH (UK), safety and health are considered by many companies to be integral to their organizations’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability plans.
Verizon Wireless has agreed to pay a $468,600 civil penalty to settle self-disclosed violations of federal environmental regulations discovered at 655 facilities in 42 states, according to an EPA press release.
OSHA has cited Atlas Excavating Inc. in West Lafayette, Ind., with two alleged willful violations for failing to follow federal workplace safety standards at a trenching operation in Danville. Proposed penalties total $130,200, according to an agency press release.
OSHA in October announced its largest proposed penalty ever â€” $87,430,000 in proposed penalties to BP Products North America Inc. for the company’s failure to correct potential hazards faced by employees.