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CSB to vote on “safety case” plan for Calif. refinery industry

Oil companies would have to focus on ALARP
January 5, 2014

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) will vote on the draft regulatory report of the August 6, 2012, fire at the Chevron refinery that endangered 19 workers and sent more than 15,000 residents to the hospital for medical attention at its public meeting on January 15.


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OSHA “jump starts” regulatory machine

January 3, 2014

Not quite sure who lit the fire at OSHA but the level of activity at the agency in the last two months is more activity than we have seen in the last several years combined. Now the question is likely to be whether or not any of this activity will result in completed actions. Here’s a look at the current activity:


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“Burdensome regulations” debate occurring overseas as well

December 18, 2013

One side says certain regulations hinder economic growth and pose a “burden” for companies. The other says those regulations protect workers’ health and safety. Sound familiar?


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American Industrial Hygiene Association 2013 State Legislative Summary

December 18, 2013
A new infographic provides a snapshot of AIHA's efforts related to state legislation in 2013 and illustrates which topics are among the most prevalent.


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OSHA's Michaels and NIOSH'S Howard on worker safety, health

Speeches at National COSH gathering highlight current concerns
December 17, 2013

Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA and Dr. John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), spoke recently at the 2013 National Worker Safety and Health Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.


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CSB wants big changes in California’s refinery industry regulations

Wants to lessen chances of another Chevron Richmond refinery fire
December 17, 2013

In a recently released draft report, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) proposes recommendations for substantial changes to the way refineries are regulated in California. Entitled “Regulatory Report: Chevron Richmond Refinery Pipe Rupture and Fire,” the CSB draft calls on California to replace the current patchwork of largely reactive and activity-based regulations with a more rigorous, performance-based regulatory regime – similar to those successfully adopted overseas in regions such as the United Kingdom, Norway, and Australia – known as the “safety case” system.


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Washington Post accuses Obama administration of deliberately delaying rulemaking

Silica exposure limit one of the regulations mentioned in story
December 16, 2013

The Washington Post is reporting that the White House deliberately delayed rules affecting worker safety, the environment and the Affordable Care Act to prevent them from causing controversy prior to the election. Reporter Juliet Eilperin cited seven current and former administration officials in a lengthy article in the post, although none were identified by name.


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Two MSHA rules nearing completion

Black lung and crushing fatalities targeted
December 12, 2013

Among the many items on the federal government’s recently-released fall regulatory agenda are nine belonging to the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Two of them are in the final stage of rulemaking.


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Safety complaints get worker fired

Former employer must pay back wages after retaliation lawsuit
December 6, 2013

A worker at a Maine stone-crushing plant who was fired for making safety complaints will receive $6,000 in back wages, under a settlement reached between his former employer and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.


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OSHA wants your opinion

Public comments sought on on agency standards to improve chemical safety
December 6, 2013

OSHA has announced a request for information seeking public comment on potential revisions to its Process Safety Management standard and related standards, as well as other policy options to prevent major chemical incidents.


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