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OSHA extends temporary enforcement measures for residential construction

OSHA says it will extend for three months its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction through December 15, 2012. This extension will also apply to…Read more>>

AIHA announces availability of ANSI/AIHA Z10 standard

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has announced the availability of the recently approved ANSI/AIHA Z10 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard. ANSI/AIHA Z10-2012 comprises management principles and systems to help organizations design and implement deliberate and documented approaches to continuously improve their occupational health and safety (OHS) performance. This standard will enable organizations to…Read more>>

Deadly Venezuela refinery fire finally under control

A Venezuelan oil refinery disaster that killed dozens of people and damaged hundreds of homes has finally been declared over, according to the country’s Oil Minister. Rafael Ramirez said that four days after the massive explosion which sparked the fire, the site is now in a “cooling phase.”

The blast and fire at the state-run Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) Amuay refinery spread to three storage tanks before being brought under control. Firefighters working 12-hours shifts used fire-retardant foam to quell the blaze, although sources at PDVSA said that flames at the last storage tank affected flared up again after....Read more>>

Experts on confined space safety: get trained, be ready

Training both workers and supervisors to recognize and anticipate hazards and perform rescues is vital, according to a panel of confined space experts speaking at the International Safety Equipment Association's (ISEA) Washington Roundtable earlier this month.

The panel, which included safety professionals, regulators and PPE manufacturers, also identified potential weak links in a confined space safety program...Read more>>

VPPPA exec director champions program’s strengths

R. Davis Layne, executive director of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participant Association, testified on Thursday, June 28, before the Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Education and the Workforce in a hearing, entitled, "Promoting Safe Workplaces Through Voluntary Protection Programs." In his last official duty prior to retiring to an advisory role, VPPPA’s Layne represented the VPP Participants' Association (VPPPA) as …Read more>>

Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, Ph.D., MBA, CSP, CET, Named New BCSP Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) is pleased to announce Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, Ph.D., MBA, CSP, CET, as the new Chief Executive Officer effective September 1, 2012. Dr. Turnbeaugh was selected after a national search for this position and will succeed retiring CEO, Thomas L. Adams, LHD, CAE.

Dr. Turnbeaugh most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of BCSP, where she was responsible for…Read more>>