Safety and OSHA News

Son killed, father injured in confined space; $249K fine

One worker died and his father was seriously injured in a confined space case in Texas. Now OSHA has fined a tank cleaning company almost a quarter of a million dollars.  [Read more…]

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Employer and staffing agency face almost $280K in OSHA fines after complaint

An OSHA practice started during the Obama administration appears to continue: fining both an employer and staffing agency for the same case.  [Read more…]

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NSC: Employers should go beyond OSHA’s PELs

Add another voice to the chorus calling for companies to use the latest science and not just OSHA’s limits when it comes to protecting workers from hazardous chemicals.  [Read more…]

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Do 2 everyday products cause dangerous chemicals to leach through skin?

As OSHA asks for comments on ways to update its exposure limits for hazardous chemicals, a new study shows how two common products might, when combined, lead to absorption of a chemical into the body.  [Read more…]

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Is OSHA testing the waters with new enforcement tactic?

OSHA says its permissible exposure limits for dozens of hazardous chemicals are out of date, but these days, it’s difficult to update its regulations. Does a recent fine against a fiberglass manufacturer signal OSHA’s way to get around this problem? [Read more…]

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Top 10 FAQs about OSHA’s new GHS training requirement

OSHA required more than five million U.S. businesses must train about 43 million employees on the new label elements and safety data sheets (SDSs) included in OSHA’s hazcom standard revisions by Dec. 1, 2013. [Read more…]

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OSHA releases revised PEL tables with new, voluntary limits

The reality on OSHA’s permissible exposure limits (PELs) for hazardous chemicals: Most are out of date by almost half a century. And changing them won’t be easy. So, the agency has released new voluntary limits to help protect employees. [Read more…]

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1 worker killed, 1 injured, following toxic fume exposure at small business

It doesn’t take huge quantities of chemicals in a facility to create a potentially hazardous situation, as a small business in Theresa, WI, found out. [Read more…]

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A model for hazardous chemical management?

A new report recommends OSHA look to the European Union (EU) for a system to manage workers’ exposure to hazardous chemicals. [Read more…]

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Should workers be on the clock for ‘safety showers’?

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Workers sue to be compensated for the time spent changing clothes and showering at the end of each work shift. Do they win? You be the judge. [Read more…]

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