Safety and OSHA News

Report: OSHA didn’t follow procedures when issuing guidance documents

A new report says in 80% of cases analyzed, OSHA didn’t follow proper procedures when issuing guidance documents.  [Read more…]

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Report: Hot work and maintenance shutdown combined for fatal blast

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In the wake of an explosion that killed three contractors and injured seven more, a U.S. government investigatory agency is calling on OSHA to expand its Process Safety Management regulations – a recommendation that was made after another fatal explosion back in 2001.  [Read more…]

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OSHA’s budget request shows its priorities for upcoming year

OSHA says it wants to modernize its Process Safety Management (PSM) standard and other chemical standards, and wants a bump in its budget to do so.  [Read more…]

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CSB: Multiple process safety deficiencies led to explosion, near-miss

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says the Feb. 18, 2015, explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, CA, was caused by “multiple process safety management deficiencies.” The CSB also contends the situation easily could’ve been much worse.  [Read more…]

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Where OSHA is targeting inspections now: New priorities

OSHA’s new inspection weighting re-prioritizes what its safety officers will focus on, beginning with the start of the new federal fiscal year on Oct. 1, 2015. What hazards are going to receive more attention from inspectors?  [Read more…]

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Fewer OSHA inspections — but more impact?

Calling it his “big announcement” at the National Safety Council’s annual conference and expo, OSHA administrator David Michaels said the agency is moving to a new enforcement system that will shift inspection resources toward more complex hazards.  [Read more…]

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Top 4 rules on OSHA’s regulatory action list

A top OSHA official recently gave an overview of where the agency stands with creating new and updating existing regulations.

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A look back at Top 10 OSHA trends to watch in 2014

Many items on our “watch list” for OSHA in 2014 had some significant developments this year:  [Read more…]

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Worker dies after being sprayed with heated chemical

OSHA has issued 23 violations to Haverhill Chemicals in connection with a worker’s death at its Ohio plant. Many of the violations involve OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standards. [Read more…]

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OSHA wants to inspect the smallest businesses

Under most circumstances, OSHA can’t inspect businesses with 10 or fewer employees. The agency wants to change that using language in its fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget. [Read more…]

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