Safety and OSHA News

Will OSHA speed up creation of new regulations?

What is the likelihood that, if re-elected, President Obama’s OSHA will rush through a bunch of new occupational safety standards? [Read more…]

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Has ‘zero’ become a dirty word in safety?

Maybe you’ve worked at a company that adopted a safety phrase like this: Our goal is zero injuries! Now some in the world of safety say slogans like that are a bad thing, while others say anything less is unconscionable. Who’s right? [Read more…]

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Michaels: General duty clause holds up, abatement is key

(Denver, CO) For safety professionals and the companies they work for, the recent opinion by an administrative law judge upholding fines against SeaWorld Orlando for the death of a trainer pulled underwater by a killer whale upholds a key OSHA power. [Read more…]

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Changes coming to OSHA’s VPP?

An OSHA official confirms to the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) that a “top-to-bottom review” of the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) has been completed and recommendations on changes are being considered. [Read more…]

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Facilities with fatalities remain in OSHA’s VPP program

An investigation by iWatchNews.org shows a number of employee deaths at “model workplaces” within OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) haven’t been recorded in the agency’s database that monitors the program. And the facilities remain in VPP today.  [Read more…]

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New OSHA hazcomm reg to arrive in less than a year

The head of OSHA says the agency’s new hazard communication standard may be finalized in the early part of 2012.  [Read more…]

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80 deaths at VPP sites since 2000

An eight-month investigation reveals 80 employee deaths at companies in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) between 2000 and 2008. What may be even more shocking: 65% of these companies have maintained their VPP status. [Read more…]

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Safety incentives scrutinized: Now what?

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If you’ve been thinking recently that a large part of your company’s injury prevention program has been turned upside down, you’re not alone. [Read more…]

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Michaels: ‘OSHA is not working to kill jobs’

In a recent speech, OSHA administrator David Michaels acknowledged that his agency is under attack as part of the debate on the role of government. [Read more…]

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OSHA withdraws ergonomics proposal; 2nd such action in a week

Just hours before President Obama’s State of the Union speech in which he focused on job creation, OSHA withdrew its second major proposal in a week and said it would seek more input from small businesses on a change to injury logs. [Read more…]

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