Safety and OSHA News

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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Agency recommends adopting ‘safety case’ system in wake of huge fire

A federal agency is recommending a major shift in the way refineries are regulated for safety, shifting more responsibility to the company and turning the system more proactive instead of reactive. [Read more…]

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Judge reduces BP penalties for OSHA violations from $3M to $80K

In 2010, OSHA fined BP $3 million for process safety management violations at its refinery near Toledo, Ohio. A review commission judge has thrown out many of the violations and reduced the fines to $80,000. How did this happen? [Read more…]

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7 Most Wanted Safety Improvements from chemical board

The federal agency that investigates workplace disasters involving chemicals has identified its seven most important chemical safety improvement goals. The agency’s reason for choosing these specific goals: catastrophes that have killed dozens of workers, injured hundreds more and caused millions of dollars in property damage. [Read more…]

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Fertilizer plant explosion: Did facility have safety exemption?

Imagine being able to get an exemption from an OSHA regulation due to who buys your product. The fertilizer plant in Texas that recently exploded, killing 15 people, may have been doing just that.

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Hazard analysis could’ve prevented explosion, 5 worker deaths

OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard applies to fireworks manufacturing but not to fireworks disposal. Had the standard applied to disposal, a required hazard analysis could have saved five workers who were killed in an explosion. [Read more…]

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BP agrees to pay $13M in OSHA fines

Oil giant BP says it will pay $13 million in fines to settle an OSHA case. It’s not about Deepwater Horizon. The origin of this case goes back more than seven years. [Read more…]

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OSHA fines company $917K for explosion that injured 4 workers

Bostik, Inc., a manufacturer of adhesives, faces $917,000 in OSHA fines for 50 citations following the agency’s investigation into a March 13, 2011, explosion that injured four workers at the company’s Middleton, MA, plant. [Read more…]

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Company hit with fine for problems with refrigeration

Process safety management fines are commonly tied to chemical manufacturers or refineries. But this case shows any company with refrigeration units can be hit with process safety penalties. [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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