Safety and OSHA News

New Risk Management Program requirements for chemical facilities

As a direct result of a chemical facility explosion that killed 15 people, the federal government has released a final rule for chemical facilities intended to protect the lives of emergency responders and the public.  [Read more…]

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Bayer to pay $5.6M in double-fatal explosion and fire

Bayer CropScience LP has agreed to pay $5,657,000 in a settlement with the federal government for violations of chemical safety laws in connection with a fire and explosion at its Institute, WV, plant in 2008 that killed two people.  [Read more…]

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Does fatal explosion show need for more safety regs?

A federal investigation into the fatal fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer plant in Texas points to shortcomings in existing regulations, standards and guidance. Does this case show there is a real need for more safety regulation?  [Read more…]

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Promoting safety vs. punishing violators: A tale of 2 federal agencies

For the second time this year, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) finds itself in a spat with another government agency about the ability to perform its mission. [Read more…]

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Is this the future of targeted OSHA inspections?

How are companies currently targeted for OSHA inspections when there hasn’t been a serious incident or a complaint? They inspect facilities with self-reported higher-than-industry average injury rates. But is there a better way to target the companies most at risk of having a major incident? [Read more…]

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Swine flu ruse: Bogus disinfectant claims

Disinfectants can be useful in limiting spread of any type of influenza, including swine flu. But what exactly can these products do, and what can’t they do? [Read more…]

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