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Worker who fired OSHA safety complaint gets fired

DOL seeking damages against Sandpoint Gas 'n' Go & Lube Center
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The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho against Sandpoint Gas 'n' Go & Lube Center Inc., in Sandpoint, Idaho, and its owner Sydney M. Oskoui, individually, for violating the whistleblower protection provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.


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Inside Cal/OSHA – First person narrative

One year after the coup: Who’s running the show at Cal/OSHA?

By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH

September 2014 marks the one-year anniversary of the forced resignation of Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess and the start of direct rule by Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker. A year later there is no permanent leadership team, the roster is riddled with vacancies, and policy decisions have lurched between “political spin” crises and administrative diktats in response.


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OSHA unveils new requirements for reporting severe injuries

Also updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements
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OSHA today announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.


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OSHA injury and illness reporting rule moves forward

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The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has completed its review of OSHA's injury and illness recordkeeping rule, which would change the types of injury and illness events that must be reported to the agency by telephone or in person.


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Are arc flash warning signs required by OSHA?

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A letter to OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP) regarding the agency's requirements and the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70E-2004, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, posed the following question:


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Regulatory action shifts to the states

By Aaron K. Trippler
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With Washington’s inability to address occupational safety and health issues, let alone anything else, I see several concerns and solutions in 2015, as 2014 is a lost cause.


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Homeland security resources

Weave it into your organization’s fabric
By Dan O'Brien, CSP
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Homeland Security is an intricate web of agencies, task teams, risk assessments, private sector involvement, frameworks for how natural disasters and terrorist attacks are handled


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California nurses applaud new patient lifting regs

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The California Nurses Association says new state regulations by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will result in improved safety for patients, registered nurses, and other staff in lifting and other handling of hospitalized patients.


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Outlook: FY 2015 federal budget for OSHA, NIOSH and MSHA and reg reform legislation

By Aaron K. Trippler
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OSHA – It doesn’t make much sense to go through all of the different proposals on the FY15 federal budget, so let’s just stick with the facts as they stand. The only thing that has been actually put to paper is the Senate Labor Appropriations Committee spending bill that would provide OSHA with approximately $557.4 million in FY15.


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DOT starts rulemaking process for vehicle-to-vehicle communications

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The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Monday released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) and a supporting comprehensive research report on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology.


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