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“OSHA is doing its level best to destroy”

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Bureaucrats like Michaels and Barab say they don’t believe the (injury and illness) numbers industry is submitting to them so the answer is more bureaucracy. Safety and health pros have become wallpaper hangers. I’ll tell you, no one is going to enter this field in the future and OSHA is doing its level best to destroy small companies with fines and drive large companies overseas with administrative nonsense.
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat 10.19.2010 - Farewell to AJ McNamara and the old school safety products industry

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When AJ was acquiring small, family-run safety businesses in the early 70s, the new-fangled OSHA agency, run by a Reading, Pa., department store retailer who later would own a tour bus company, (think those credentials would fly today?) was conducting 80,000 inspections a year and scaring businesses into buying all sorts of PPE. Safety distributors and manufacturers never had it better. The manufacturing base in the U.S. was still strong, though just beginning to head overseas. Demand for hard hats, gloves, ear plugs, steel-toe shoes, respirators and “Buddy Holly” safety glasses would never be higher.
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat 10.8.2010 – Why safety pros are turned off to OSHA; when culture is corrupted; whatever happened to Thorne Auchter?

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Good Friday,

The mother of all U.S. safety trade shows, the National Safety Congress & Expo, was held this week in San Diego. Cloudy, rainy San Diego.
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat 9.29.2010 – Chile mine rescue, OSHA blows off whistleblowers? Don’t drive distracted. Healthcare dangers. Unfortunate teachable moment.

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Good Hump Day to you,

As the world of safety turns…
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat 9.17.2010 – $175K for worker’s death, $10 million for dead fish; worker deaths in 2009 nearly equal U.S. soldier deaths in Iraq since 2003

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Good Friday morning,

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels at a conference earlier this week: “How can we tell Jeff Davis' wife Mary, and her five children, that the penalty for killing fish and crabs is many times higher than the penalty for killing her husband and their father?”
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat 9.15.2010.doc – cell phone hazards, rules resistors, safety position justification, nanotech monitoring, near miss reporting cultures

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Happy Hump Day to you,

THIS JUST IN:

GULF CLEANUP WORKER SAFETY – GOVT. PASSED THE BUCK IN PLANNING STAGE - OSHA AND NIOSH FORCED TO REACT TO DECISIONS MADE W/O THEIR INPUT
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat 9.13.2010 – Death of OSHA reform? Doesn’t dent OSHA growing relevance.

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Good Monday morning,

OSHA REFORM: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING?

DC insiders say it looks less likely that OSHA penalties across the board will be increased and criminal prosecutions broadened as part of the much ballyhooed OSHA Reform Package. OSHA reform legislation has yet to be voted on in the House, where Dem majority could easily push it through.
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat 9.10.2010 – Saving VPP, BP snared in Swiss cheese, Labor Day blues

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Good Friday morning,

SAVING VPP

Late in August OSHA boss Dr. David Michaels walked into the annual meeting of the Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) with a message of tough love:
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat 9.8.2010 – OSHA goes retail; the hits keep coming; zero injury goal for Ground Zero’s Freedom Tower; Mother Jones’s comeback

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Welcome to September’s first hump day,

OSHA GOES RETAIL

Since September 1, OSHA has fined a supermarket, a discount dollar store, a pharmacy and a lumberyard for violations found by inspectors.

Just keeping everyone on their toes…
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat – 9.3.2010 – the price of not enough sleep; fatigue risks to hospital residents; OSHA concerned about fatigue risks in general

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Good Friday morning and happy Labor Day weekend,

How did you sleep last night?

STUDY: CHRONIC INSOMINIA RAISES MALE DEATH RATES
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