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A fresh take on OSHA in fiscal year 2015 – yes, 2015

April 23, 2014

In the OSHA budget justification the agency laid out some of its plans for 2015: Inspections – OSHA announced the agency will conduct more health and safety inspections in 2015, with most of the increase occurring in health inspections. OSHA says the reason for this is that health issues are being identified as increasing.


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CSB: West, TX explosion was preventable

Investigation found lack of regulation at all levels of government
April 23, 2014

The lessons learned from the deadly 2013 West, Texas explosion and fire are not being passed along to emergency responders in other communities with facilities that store ammonium nitrate (AN), according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB).


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Michigan farm houses temp workers in unhealthy conditions

April 22, 2014

A Michigan farmer that houseshis temporary workers in substandard buildings with broken toilets, showers and screen doors, standing water and pest infestations has been ordered by a federal judge to clean up his act.


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Home renovation contractors hired by Lowe’s must follow lead regulations

Company reaches agreement with DOJ, EPA
April 21, 2014

Following the discovery that some contractors hired by Lowe’s Home Centers to renovate homes had violated federal regulations regarding lead dust, the company has agreed to a corporate-wide compliance program at its 1,700+ stores.


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Deadlines extended for silica rulemaking comments

April 17, 2014

While public hearings for OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica rule concluded on April 4, the agency is extending submission deadlines in order to give participants additional time to prepare post-hearing submissions.


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Court upholds EPA’s limits on pollution limits for power plants

April 17, 2014

A legal challenge to the EPA’s rule limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants was shot down yesterday by the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


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New survey finds EHS credentials mentioned in lots of laws and regs

“IH professionals should feel very pleased with this result”
April 15, 2014

The issue of how important credentials are for safety professionals got a bit more clarity recently, with a review by the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH).


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States want flexibility on power plant emissions rule

April 15, 2014

The EPA is trying to reassure state energy regulators that the upcoming rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants would give states flexibility.


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New York fights over scaffold safety law

April 15, 2014

A construction industry effort to eliminate New York’s century-old Scaffold Law is getting push-back from a new coalition of pro-Scaffold advocates which says it’s needed to protect the state’s construction workers.


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UBB victims’ families furious about Blankenship video

Former Massey CEO funds Youtube effort to clear his name
April 8, 2014

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has taken to video to defend himself against charges that he is responsible for the Upper Big Branch disaster – to the outrage of victims’ family members. Dozens of them and their supporters gathered earlier this month outside a federal courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia, to protest the claims made in the video.


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