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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“Excellent Toolbox Talk – Safety Meeting! Kudos to Truebeck Construction for doing it right!” #Safety #EverbodyGoesHome @TruebeckConst

Excellent Toolbox Talk - Safety Meeting! Kudos to Truebeck Construction for doing it right! #Safety #EverbodyGoesHome Truebeck Construction was founded with a game-changing spirit and an ambitious vision: disrupt the traditional and ordinary, and rigorously raise the bar to do our best work. Period. We’re driven by the belief that we can improve construction practices and … Continue reading “Excellent Toolbox Talk – Safety Meeting! Kudos to Truebeck Construction for doing it right!” #Safety #EverbodyGoesHome @TruebeckConst

Employee Injuries Cost US Companies In Excess Of A Billion Dollars A Week

In Washington State they have a subsidized RTW program. Light-duty jobs for injured workers help keep valued employees and control employer costs. Hear how from the Eagle Group in Spokane, WA. According to the 2013 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2011 amounted to $55.4 billion in direct … Continue reading Employee Injuries Cost US Companies In Excess Of A Billion Dollars A Week

“But We’ve Always Done it This Way: Top Ten List”

What does that really mean? Perhaps you just asked a question at a committee meeting. The room went silent and at least one person pointedly explained to you that "We've always done it this way". The rest of the group either chimed in or nodded their heads in arrogant approval. Some might even have glanced … Continue reading “But We’ve Always Done it This Way: Top Ten List”

“But We’ve Always Done it This Way: Top Ten List”

What does that really mean? Perhaps you just asked a question at a committee meeting. The room went silent and at least one person pointedly explained to you that "We've always done it this way". The rest of the group either chimed in or nodded their heads in arrogant approval. Some might even have glanced … Continue reading “But We’ve Always Done it This Way: Top Ten List”

Fatal Temporary Worker Injuries Drawing OSHA’s Attention

On April 15, 2013, 26-year-old Marine and Iraq War veteran David Eleidjian was assigned as a temporary worker to a Henkel Corporation manufacturing plant in Bay Point, Calif. Eleidjian was tasked with scraping adhesive from mixing equipment just 12 inches from an unguarded shaft spinning at up to 350 rotations per minute. The coveralls provided … Continue reading Fatal Temporary Worker Injuries Drawing OSHA’s Attention

OSHA Site Specific Targeting (SST) Priorities For 2014

    On February 26, OSHA released its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting Program (SST). Will your establishment be the target of one of these inspections? Keep reading to find out. Intended to focus enforcement resources on high-hazard industries, the SST plan targets high-hazard, non-construction workplaces with 20 or more workers and is … Continue reading OSHA Site Specific Targeting (SST) Priorities For 2014

Employee Injuries Cost US Companies In Excess Of A Billion Dollars A Week

In Washington State they have a subsidized RTW program. Light-duty jobs for injured workers help keep valued employees and control employer costs. Hear how from the Eagle Group in Spokane, WA. According to the 2013 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2011 amounted to $55.4 billion in direct … Continue reading Employee Injuries Cost US Companies In Excess Of A Billion Dollars A Week

Testimony of CSB at Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing – Chevron Fire, West Texas Explosion & West Va. Water Crisis

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso at March 6, 2014, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing Entitled “Preventing Potential Chemical Threats and Improving Safety: Oversight of the President’s Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security” CLICK HERE to view the written statement Chairman Boxer, Senator Vitter, and distinguished Committee members – … Continue reading Testimony of CSB at Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing – Chevron Fire, West Texas Explosion & West Va. Water Crisis

EHS Safety News Stars in “Toxic Hot Seat” on HBO!

Here I am watching this new documentary on HBO last night about the recently changed "Tech 117" Bulletin in California about the use of unnecessary cancer causing "flame retardants" in everything from furniture to child car seats to other household products. I had been following the series that the Chicago Tribune had begun about this issue … Continue reading EHS Safety News Stars in “Toxic Hot Seat” on HBO!

New Flame Retardent Rule Curbs Toxic Chemicals In Furniture

Video Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune® California’s change may help end use of fire retardants nationwide For decades, U.S. manufacturers have filled upholstered furniture with pounds of toxic chemicals to comply with a flammability standard set by a single state, California. The obscure rule, known as Technical Bulletin 117, brought flame retardants into homes across … Continue reading New Flame Retardent Rule Curbs Toxic Chemicals In Furniture

CSB – West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins Explosions Testimony

CLICK HERE to view the written statement CLICK HERE to view the CSB’s preliminary findings BEGIN TESTIMONY Chairman Boxer, Senator Vitter, and distinguished Committee members – thank you for inviting me today.  I am CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso. The two explosions we are discussing today – West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins – are tragedies of … Continue reading CSB – West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins Explosions Testimony

Fire Prevention Weekly Update – May 22, 2013

Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts Campus fire safety Inspections/Code enforcement Smoke Alarms Sprinklers Wildland Fire Safety Fire safety tips and reminders Other Safety News International News Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles - Updated 05/20/2013 Campaigns/ Other Fire Safety Activities Fond du Lac Firefighters Bring Safety Initiative Door-to-Door - story and video - (Wisconsin) … Continue reading Fire Prevention Weekly Update – May 22, 2013

Fire Prevention Weekly Update – May 7, 2013

Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts Campus fire safety Inspections/Code enforcement Smoke Alarms Sprinklers Wildland Fire Safety Fire safety tips and reminders Other Safety News International News Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles - Updated 05/06/2013 Campaigns/ Other Fire Safety Activities MFRD: students ride fire boat; learn about fire safety on Mobile River (Alabama) Donated … Continue reading Fire Prevention Weekly Update – May 7, 2013

How Chevron Richmond, California Refinery Fire Happened, As Shown In New CSB Video

If you live downwind of Chevron's Richmond refinery, you don't need to be reminded of what happened there last Aug. 6: A huge fire started in a crude-oil processing unit at the facility, sending an immense plume of thick black smoke over adjacent neighborhoods and much of western Contra Costa County.In what seems like a … Continue reading How Chevron Richmond, California Refinery Fire Happened, As Shown In New CSB Video