CSB Releases Final Report into 2015 Explosion at Exxon-Mobil Refinery in Torrance, California

May 3, 2017, Torrance, CA, -- Today, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its final report into the February 18, 2015, explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, California. The blast caused serious property damage to the refinery and scattered catalyst dust up to a mile away from the facility into the nearby community. … Continue reading CSB Releases Final Report into 2015 Explosion at Exxon-Mobil Refinery in Torrance, California

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“Reminder: Are You In Compliance With OSHA’s New Construction Confined Space Standard?”

  Most employers in the construction industry already know that OSHA issued a new confined space standard for construction that became effective on August 3, 2015. Companies with employees who enter confined spaces at construction sites must be sure to understand the new regulation and adjust their processes in order to remain in compliance. Although the … Continue reading “Reminder: Are You In Compliance With OSHA’s New Construction Confined Space Standard?”

“Terrorism Concerns Results in Chemical Storage Rule Delay” #WestTexasFire #Chemicals

The Trump administration is delaying a new rule tightening safety requirements for companies that store large quantities of dangerous chemicals. The rule was imposed after a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded in 2013, killing 15 people. Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, delayed the effective date of the Obama-era rule until … Continue reading “Terrorism Concerns Results in Chemical Storage Rule Delay” #WestTexasFire #Chemicals

“CSB Releases New Safety Video Detailing Investigation into 2013 Fatal Fire and Explosion at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, LA”

January 25, 2017, Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a safety video of its investigation of the June 13, 2013 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, Louisiana, which killed two workers and injured an additional 167.  The deadly explosion and fire occurred when a heat exchanger containing … Continue reading “CSB Releases New Safety Video Detailing Investigation into 2013 Fatal Fire and Explosion at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, LA”

“Confined Spaces – Supervisor Safety Tip Series” #ConfinedSpace #Safety

Developed by Vivid’s Chief Safety Officer Jill James, a former OSHA inspector, this series examines real hazards in real work environments. This safety tip video explains ways to stay safe while working with Confined Spaces. Confined spaces are enclosed or partially enclosed spaces of a size such that a worker can squeeze entry for performing assigned … Continue reading “Confined Spaces – Supervisor Safety Tip Series” #ConfinedSpace #Safety

“11 Tips for Handling Hazardous Materials”

Don’t become a target for one of these avoidable citations! Join us on March 29 for an in-depth webinar presented by Meaghan Boyd, a seasoned environmental litigation partner at Alston & Bird, as she discusses best practices for hazardous materials transportation. You’ll learn: How to identify hazardous materials ahead of transport What type of training … Continue reading “11 Tips for Handling Hazardous Materials”

“ANSI Emergency Eyewash, Shower Standard Revised – Are You In Compliance?”

By Roy Maurer  12/7/2015 The national consensus standard for the selection, installation and maintenance of emergency eye, face and shower equipment was recently updated. The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014, American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment, and the update went into effect … Continue reading “ANSI Emergency Eyewash, Shower Standard Revised – Are You In Compliance?”

“OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard To Add Two Additional Fit-Testing Protocols”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syj_zeNtLGI OSHA Trade Release U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Office of Communications Washington, D.C. http://www.osha.gov For Immediate Release   October 6, 2016 Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999 OSHA proposes to amend respiratory protection standard to add two additional fit-testing protocols WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued … Continue reading “OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard To Add Two Additional Fit-Testing Protocols”

“N95 Day: A NIOSH-Approved Holiday”

  Today is the 5th annual N95 Day, which focuses on respiratory protection awareness and proper use of N95 respirators. Here are some ways you can participate: Social media. Look for N95-related information on Twitter (@NIOSH, @NPPTL, #N95Day) Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest as well as the annual N95 Day NIOSH Science Blog. Share NIOSH's infographics, and be sure to … Continue reading “N95 Day: A NIOSH-Approved Holiday”

“The Importance of Eyewash Station Maintenance and Monitoring”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb9XdcO1cZk Many different types of industries are required to install and maintain eyewash stations for their employees’ safety and health. These eyewash stations are an important safety device that can be instrumental for mitigating a number of different types of eye injuries. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that work-related eye injuries cost … Continue reading “The Importance of Eyewash Station Maintenance and Monitoring”

“TSCA Reform: A Simple 5-point Summary of What You Need to Know “

After 40 years, the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been reformed in an effort to more effectively manage chemicals in this country and give EPA more authority to evaluate and mitigate the associated risks. This infographic summarizes the important points of TSCA reform.

“Maximum Civil Penalties for Violations of Environmental (USEPA) Statutes Are Now Significantly Higher After Inflation Adjustment”

In a federal rulemaking published last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued interim final regulations adjusting the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for violations of various provisions of law. 81 Fed. Reg. 43091 (July 1, 2016). The recently enacted Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act), not only … Continue reading “Maximum Civil Penalties for Violations of Environmental (USEPA) Statutes Are Now Significantly Higher After Inflation Adjustment”

“New TSCA Law Starts NOW!”

“For the first time in 20 years, we are updating a national environmental statute,” said President Obama before signing the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on Wednesday. The president noted that the updated law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which took effect in 1976 “didn’t quite work the way … Continue reading “New TSCA Law Starts NOW!”

“Are You In Compliance?”-“June 1, 2016 – HAZCOM And GHS, The Final Deadline”

HazCom and GHS: The Final Deadline by Safety.BLR.com June 1, 2016, is the final deadline in the 4-year phase-in period for OSHA's 2012 revisions to the hazard communication standard that aligned with the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, or GHS. Check out the infographic for an overview of what the … Continue reading “Are You In Compliance?”-“June 1, 2016 – HAZCOM And GHS, The Final Deadline”

“RMP Changes Are Almost Here, Stay A Step Ahead”

By Timothy P Fagan, Senior Legal Editor It has been 3 years since the ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas, killed 15 people, injured hundreds, and caused widespread damage.  Just a few months after that event, President Obama’s Executive Order (EO) 13650 set into motion actions by numerous government agencies designed to enhance the safety … Continue reading “RMP Changes Are Almost Here, Stay A Step Ahead”