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  • Harvard, Berkeley researchers prove OSHA regulation works

    Harvard, Berkeley researchers prove OSHA regulation works

    In a May 30 Harvard Business Review article, researchers Michael Toffel and David Levine emphasize the weight of their recent findings that OSHA inspections benefit both workers and businesses...


  • Regulatory Update

    OSHA Revises Hazard Communication Standard

    OSHA aligns Hazard Communication Standard with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

  • OSHA issues internal policy memo

    Caution: Do Your Safety Incentive Programs Violate OSHA's Whistleblower Rules?

    On March 12, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a memo detailing the agency’s policy regarding safety incentive and disincentive policies that can discourage employee reports of injuries which may violate section 11(c), or other whistleblower statutes.

  • Safety is NOT a Priority!

    Safety is NOT a Priority!

    Most workplaces have great slogans and banners that state their commitment to safety. Things like “Safety First!” or “Safety is our Top Priority!” are emblazoned across t-shirts and hats. Everybody loves to get them and wear them.

  • EPA forcing facilities to beef up UST leak prevention, detection

    EPA forcing facilities to beef up UST leak prevention, detection

    But this change could save money in long run

    Watch out. EPA's planning to force facilities with underground storage tanks (UST) to beef up their ability to prevent any leaks...

  • EPA not sure how to limit sediment runoff

    EPA not sure how to limit sediment runoff

    Facilities get chance to push for more flexible standard

    Some good news for those with stormwater runoff issues: EPA doesn't seem to be in any rush to reissue its controversial turbidity standard that measures sediment contamination in stormwater runoff...

     

  • More managers now facing criminal charges: Here's why

    More managers now facing criminal charges: Here's why

    Feds holding EHS pros personally liable

    How likely is it that a safety manager will be thrown in jail or fined - personally - for violating a government regulation?  It might be more likely than you think, especially if your duties have expanded beyond workplace safety.  From 2007-2010, the Department of Justice (DO]) has acted on just 49 criminal referrals from OSHA...

     

  • Ladder safety: Do your people know the steps?

    Ladder safety: Do your people know the steps?

    Nothing could be simpler than using a ladder: You just set it up and get to work, right?

    Wrong. Many workers are injured on ladders each year because they underestimate or don't understand the risks. Test your people's knowledge by having them answer True or False to the following....

  • Cutting PPE use through process design

    Cutting PPE use through process design

    New way of thinking about design addresses the work itself

    Here's a fresh way of thinking about worker safety protections: Rather than outfit workers with bulky and unpopular protective gear, see if you can enclose the work process and eliminate the hazard instead.  The strategy of re-engineering work processes to cut down on PPE use has been tested successfully in the pharmaceutical industry, where new kinds of high-potency drugs have also created major worker exposure problems.  When one pharma company added up all the costs of providing workers with PPE, the firm realized it was more effective to rework the process...

     

  • Why Are We Still Having Accidents?

    Why are we still having accidents?

    Check your Standard Practices and your Safety Culture.

    So you’ve got all your required OSHA programs in place: Hazard Communication, Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space, Personal Protective Equipment, etc. You completed all of your required training last year. Your safety program looks great on paper, all the elements are there. But you are still having too many accidents. What gives?

  • Everyday mistakes added up to $570K EPA fine: Why?

    Everyday mistakes added up to $570K EPA fine: Why?

    Yet again, another facility has been forced to pay a huge EPA penalty for violations that don't involve any release or threaten people or the environment. The latest case is that of a paint manufacturing plant in Baltimore run by the Sherwin-Williams Co. lt's paying a whopping $570,000 fine to settle hazardous waste storage violations observed by EPA inspectors.

  • Reminder: Its time to post your OSHA 300A Summary

    Reminder: Its time to post your OSHA 300A Summary

    It’s time to post your Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Form 300A(not the OSHA 300 log), the summary of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year. The OSHA Form 300A summary must list the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2011 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form. Additional information about your annual average number of employees and total hours they worked during the cal...

  • Company bashed OSHA on YouTube, fined $758K

    Company bashed OSHA on YouTube, fined $758K

    Here's a tip for safety pros: If you want to minimize the amount of attention your company gets from OSHA, don't post sprawling criticisms of the safety agency online. It seems pretty obvious, but it wasn't for All-Feed Processing and Packaging, Inc., based in Alpha, IL. Inspectors issued 23 violations....

  • OSHA announces major improvements to enforcement website

    OSHA announces major improvements to enforcement website

    The current OSHA administration has made no secret about its desire to publically shame the companies it hits with violations. The agency's most recent effort: A major upgrade to its enforcement website, where it lists companies that have been cited for safety violations or other enforcement actions.