OSHA’s 2022 Year in Review and 2023 Forecast

On Thursday, January 26, 2023, the Partners in Conn Maciel Carey’s national OSHA Practice Group presented a webinar regarding OSHA’s 2022 in Review …OSHA’s 2022 Year in Review and 2023 Forecast

Exposure Assessment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Refined Coal Tar Sealant Applications

by Seth McCormick, MPH; John Snawder, PhD, DAHB; I-Chen Chen, PhD; Marissa Alexander-Scott, DVM, MS, MPH; Michael Breitenstein, B.S.; Yuesong Wang, PhD; Lei Meng, MS; Juliana Meadows, PhD; Cheryl Fairfield Estill, PhD Coal Tar Sealant Application Coal tar sealants are applied as a protective coating for paved surfaces. Many polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are found … Continue reading Exposure Assessment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Refined Coal Tar Sealant Applications

Myths of logical and impartial investigations and safety as no.1 priority: Besnard & Hollnagel 2012

The final two of six asserted assumptions/myths from Besnard & Hollnagel’s 2012 discussion paper. Myth 1: Accident investigation is the logical and …Myths of logical and impartial investigations and safety as no.1 priority: Besnard & Hollnagel 2012

OSHA Issues New Instance-by-Instance Penalties Policy | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an effort to significantly increase the number of citations and penalties it may issue during an inspection, OSHA has updated its enforcement procedures for inspections to permit citations for each instance of alleged non-compliance. In its most aggressive action to-date under the tenure of Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker, … Continue reading OSHA Issues New Instance-by-Instance Penalties Policy | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog

Viewpoint: Burgerville Workers’ Lessons for Independent Unions | Labor Notes

Self-organizing a union on a shoestring? Winning the supposedly unwinnable? Workers at a local burger chain out of Portland, Oregon, were doing it before it was cool. The Burgerville Workers Union, which went public in 2016 and won its first contract in 2021, has recently been influencing and supporting independent union efforts in the region—and … Continue reading Viewpoint: Burgerville Workers’ Lessons for Independent Unions | Labor Notes

National Safety Council Releases Workplace Violence Resources for Employers | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the wake of increased employee mental health concerns and mass shootings across the country, employers looking to create or enhance a workplace violence program can look to the National Safety Council (NSC), which released a series of teaching materials on workplace violence. With record numbers of mass shootings to begin the year in … Continue reading National Safety Council Releases Workplace Violence Resources for Employers | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog

Department of Labor announces enforcement guidance changes to save lives, target employers who put profit over safety

Department of Labor announces enforcement guidance changes to save lives, target employers who put profit over safety Seeks to hold employers to greater account for safety, health failures WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new enforcement guidance to make its penalties more effective in … Continue reading Department of Labor announces enforcement guidance changes to save lives, target employers who put profit over safety

Hazard Recognition Patterns Demonstrated by Construction Workers

This study explored the types of hazard categories that construction workers are more or less proficient at recognising. 287 workers across 57 US …Hazard Recognition Patterns Demonstrated by Construction Workers

Carbon Monoxide (CO) – Deadly Gas Continues to Menace Winter Workplaces | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog

Approximately 400 Americans die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning, which can overcome an employee in a matter of minutes. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), carbon monoxide (CO) poses a significant risk due to it being “a colorless, odorless, and toxic gas”. NIOSH indicates that employers with the following … Continue reading Carbon Monoxide (CO) – Deadly Gas Continues to Menace Winter Workplaces | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog

Resilience Engineering and Safe Work Method Statements in Construction Projects

This study explored whether the prescription and practice of Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) enhance or hinder the operationalisation of …Resilience Engineering and Safe Work Method Statements in Construction Projects

Myths of human error and rule following: Besnard & Hollnagel 2012

A paper I go back to probably every year or two from Denis Besnard and Hollnagel explored some myths (as they see it) around industrial safety. I’ll …Myths of human error and rule following: Besnard & Hollnagel 2012

Exxon’s Own Models Predicted Global Warming–It Ignored Them – Scientific American

Exxon’s Own Models Predicted Global Warming—It Ignored Them — Read on http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/exxons-own-models-predicted-global-warming-it-ignored-them/