Safety and OSHA News

Will employees be paid for time it takes to don, doff safety gear?

A federal court recently decided if an employer had to pay workers for the time it took them to put on and take off protective gear before and after their shifts.  [Read more…]

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Should workers’ comp benefits be reduced because worker didn’t wear PPE?

The question the court had to decide in this case: Did the worker intentionally not wear his PPE?  [Read more…]

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Workers ‘needlessly sickened’ by mercury vapor: $142K fine

A New York environmental remediation contractor is facing a big OSHA fine after exposing its workers to mercury poisoning while removing the chemical at a Superfund site.  [Read more…]

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Topics involving OSHA rank No. 1 and No. 3 in our survey of safety pros

We asked safety pros to rate which of 21 safety topics are most important to them. Ones involving OSHA ranked at the top of the list.  [Read more…]

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Judges uphold Wal-Mart fine for missing hazard assessment

One size fits all? Maybe when it comes to some of their products, but not when it comes to hazard assessments at Wal-Mart distribution centers, according to a new ruling.  [Read more…]

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Pay for donning/doffing safety gear? Top court decides

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down a unanimous decision in a request by union workers to be paid for the time it takes to put on and take off safety gear. [Read more…]

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OSHA finds 58 safety and health violations at Hoover Dam

Talk about a large facility with lots of potential OSHA violations. And the agency did just that at the Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant in Nevada, issuing 58 citations. [Read more…]

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It’s a sweaty safety job, but some manikin has to do it (video)

How do you test whether PPE creates employee susceptibility to heat stress? Get a Sweating Thermal Manikin (STM). [Read more…]

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Is it OK just to provide PPE, or do you have to make ’em wear it?

Interpretation of a safety regulation sometimes turns on the meaning of one word. That was the case regarding an OSHA fine for lack of PPE. Now a review panel has taken another look at the matter. [Read more…]

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Clothes or protective gear? Difference affects worker pay

One thing is for sure on the issue of whether workers should be paid for the time it takes them to put on or take off safety gear: There are enough court cases on the subject. Now, it seems the courts are reaching a consensus on this issue, despite an opinion by the U.S. Department of Labor. [Read more…]

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