Ingredients for disaster: flammable materials, confined space, no emergency responders on site.
On March 23, 2005, a series of explosions at BP’s Texas City, TX, refinery resulted in 15 fatalities and 170 injuries.
Is your company in compliance with OSHA’s new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) that requires certain employee training to be completed this year?
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.
Poor design of a dust collection system led to a flash fire that burned seven employees – one seriously – at an ink manufacturing plant in New Jersey, according to an investigation. On top of that, the report says the company’s emergency response was also lacking.
Many items on our “watch list” for OSHA in 2014 had some significant developments this year:
A new report recommends OSHA look to the European Union (EU) for a system to manage workers’ exposure to hazardous chemicals.
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.
No one is questioning that this worker developed occupational asthma from exposure to a chemical in floor wax. The question is how long her workers’ comp benefits should last.
OSHA has issued $963,000 in fines to a cleaning services company in connection with the deaths of two of its employees inside a railcar in April.
Amazon.com was recently fined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for violating Hazardous Materials Regulations in a shipment. It wasn’t the first time the online retailer has run afoul of the regs.
A Georgia poultry processing plant that had a fatal liquid nitrogen release in January 2021 was cited by OSHA after the plant experienced another chemical release March 11. Less than two months after the nitrogen leak killed six workers, leading to $1 million in fines for four companies, the plant experienced an ammonia leak. Inspectors found […]
OSHA has placed 20 to 25 of its inspectors at the staging areas for cleanup of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While early concerns centered around exposure to oil and fumes, OSHA officials are finding another problem:
Big companies are expanding their safety programs to their office settings – so says a recent, nationally published article. The stated goal: Get everyone thinking about safety. Is this really going to help?
Employers may face more restrictions in how they schedule workers now that unions and OSHA are paying more attention to employee fatigue.
The federal government has released its revised regulatory agenda. It lists 10 new or revised OSHA rules for 2013, with more to come in future years.
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