Safety and OSHA News

Why did OSHA fines go up 27%?

Heads up! The cost of noncompliance with OSHA regulations just jumped 27%. [Read more…]

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Report: OSHA needs better metrics to measure its success

A new report says OSHA lacks sufficient metrics to determine how well it’s carrying out its mission of protecting the safety and health of workers.  [Read more…]

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OSHA area director: Inspection resources are strained

An OSHA area director recently made some candid comments regarding resources within the federal agency. He describes the current situation for inspectors this way: They’re “inundated.”  [Read more…]

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Report: OSHA doesn’t have sufficient controls over Voluntary Protection Program

A report by the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) questions whether OSHA has sufficient controls for the selection, re-evaluation and monitoring of participating companies in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). [Read more…]

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UPS to pay $1.3M penalty for ‘rotting and decaying’ trucks

An investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s office uncovered that UPS had a good internal procedure for inspecting its trucks for safety but failed to use it. [Read more…]

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Top 8 OSHA plans companies should watch out for

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A lot of debate will occur between this week’s announcement of President Obama’s proposed budget, including funding for OSHA, and the start of the new federal fiscal year on Oct. 1. Forget about that debate for now. Instead, take a look at what OSHA plans to do with its funding, especially if you own a small business. [Read more…]

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OSHA in 2010: More fines, higher dollar amounts

(From the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in San Diego) The federal government’s fiscal year 2010 ended Sept. 30. That timing allowed OSHA officials to present preliminary numbers on 2010 enforcement at this year’s National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo. As expected, the numbers are up, but by how much? [Read more…]

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Rain, sleet and snow are no match for OSHA

OSHA is going postal. No, not like that. [Read more…]

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OSHA’s new quick-hit approach on process safety

OSHA isn’t going to wait around for the next big chemical release or explosion. Companies covered by the agency’s process safety management (PSM) standard shouldn’t be surprised to see inspectors on their doorsteps in the near future.  [Read more…]

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Six-figure savings proves value of safety

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Ever need to show upper management that safety saves money? One employer recently quantified the savings realized after putting more emphasis on workplace safety. [Read more…]

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