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Half a million U.S. welders face serious safety hazards

Welding, cutting, and brazing are hazardous activities that pose a unique combination of both safety and health risks to more than 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries, according to federal OSHA.


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Fracking to be banned in New York state

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ended years of contentious debate Wednesday by announcing that the health and environmental risks of fracking were greater than the benefits and that the controversial method of harvesting natural gas would be banned in the state.


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A New Year, new OSHA reporting requirements

OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels answers the questions that were asked most frequently during the agency's recent Twitter chat about the new severe incident reporting requirements that go into effect Jan. 1.


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CSB: Much more needs to be done to prevent chemical accidents

-and Board not buying “outlier” excuse

Written Testimony Submitted by U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso to the Joint Committee: Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing entitled, "Oversight of the Implementation of the President’s Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security.”


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OSHA to hold Twitter chat Q&A about new reporting requirements

Hashtag will be #Reporting2015

Confused about the new OSHA reporting requirements that go into effect January 1? The agency will take to Twitter on Dec. 11 from 1 – 2 p.m. EST to answer your questions. You can join the Twitter chat and follow the conversation live using the hashtag #Reporting2015.


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Recommitting to safety on National Miners Day

The following was posted on Saturday, Dec.  6: One hundred seven years ago today in Monongah, West Virginia, 362 coal miners – many of them teenage boys — went to work and never came home. That morning, an explosion ripped through two connected mines.


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Movie theatres, vending machines must now show calorie info

Health advocates cheer new FDA rules

Two final rules from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require movie theatres, grocery stores serving prepared foods and vending machines to display calorie information to would be consumers.


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Bill to improve black lung benefits process introduced in Congress

Democrat from Pa. seeks to address “resource disparities” between coal companies, claimants

Congressional Democrats have introduced a measure designed to streamline the process for miners filing benefits claims under the Black Lung Benefits Act – and to help miners overcome the “resource disparities” between themselves and the coal companies who use legal maneuvering to block the miners’ claims.


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OSHA announces final rule for electric power generation, transmission and distribution

On April 11, 2014, OSHA published in the Federal Register its final rule updating safeguards for employees exposed to electric power generation, transmission and distribution work zones.


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Medical services and first aid requirements for employees exposed to electric shock

The employer shall provide medical services and first aid as required in Sec.  1910.151. In addition to the requirements of Sec.  1910.151, the following requirements also apply:


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Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

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Why Flame Resistant Workwear? Understanding Workplace Hazards and OSHA Compliance

By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

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