- OIL & GAS
A Phenix City, Alabama insulation manufacturer initially corrected hazards that included failing to protect its workers from caustic chemicals, but did not maintain those corrections, according to OSHA inspectors, who visited the workplace after receiving a complaint about hazardous conditions.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has changed its position on including “safety case” principles in OSHA’s process safety management (PSM) standard.
Testimony before a congressional hearing earlier this month blamed investigative delays at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) – and the exodus of CSB personnel that’s contributing to the backlog – on poor leadership by Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso.
OSHA has developed a new agricultural fact sheet and QuickCardTM on the safe use of tripod orchard ladders, which are used by workers such as fruit pickers and landscapers. Many workers have been hurt from slips on rungs, falls, collapsing ladders and being struck by tree branches.
The EPA has released a final risk assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE) that identifies health risks to workers in shops and dry cleaners that use the chemical as a degreaser or a stain removing agent. Consumers may also be exposed to TCE when using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives.
Emotional and behavioral problems show up even with low exposure to lead, and as blood lead levels increase in children, so do the problems, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The results were published online June 30 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) first investigative report into parasailing safety finds the activity is largely unregulated with serious accidents frequently caused by faulty equipment.
"We've already experienced increased communication about our safety program, and now we are talking about safety in a proactive positive way. Employees are proud to work for a company that cares about safety and makes it a priority. Not only has our communication and awareness of safety issues increased, we expect to see reductions in worker compensation insurance premiums and general liability premiums," said Elizabeth Duffrin, Chief Financial Officer.
A Sikeston, Mo. manufacturing company has been cited by OSHA for 21 safety and health violations - four of them repeat- for failing to protect workers from amputation*, electrical and other hazards. Proposed penalties total $82,390.
The Department of Labor and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have teamed up again to prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses. Heat-related injuries and fatalities in outdoor workers continue with record-breaking heat waves over the last three summers.
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