Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard

Any combustible material (and some materials normally considered noncombustible) can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, it can become explosive. The force from such an explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. Such incidents have killed scores … Continue reading Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard

OSHA & NIOSH Flavoring Industry Safety Information & Resources

  Flavorings-Related Lung Disease In 2000, NIOSH conducted an investigation of exposures at a microwave popcorn manufacturing plant in Missouri. Public health officials contacted NIOSH because a cluster of former employees of the facility had developed a rare lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. The majority of employees diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans had been exposed to … Continue reading OSHA & NIOSH Flavoring Industry Safety Information & Resources

OSHA Issues First Directive On Investigation of Incidents

Inspectors with the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration Sept. 8 were issued a directive on conducting inspections and investigations involving on-the-job violence, the first directive of its kind for inspectors. A range of issues are covered in CPL 02-01-052, Enforcement Procedures of Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents, from which types of businesses … Continue reading OSHA Issues First Directive On Investigation of Incidents

PETA Petitions OSHA for Elephant Protected Contact Rule

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, filed a petition March 24 asking OSHA to enact a regulation prohibiting direct physical contact between employees and elephants in any type of business where elephants are in captivity -- zoos, circuses, etc. Submitted by Delcianna Winders, PETA's director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, the petition asks … Continue reading PETA Petitions OSHA for Elephant Protected Contact Rule

OSHA I2P2 – Lobbying Battle on Tap Over Proposed Changes to Workplace Safety Rules

Business and labor are preparing to wage a lobbying battle over a new rule expected later this year that could have a profound effect on how health and safety are handled in the workplace. Over the past year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been gathering input from trade associations and unions while … Continue reading OSHA I2P2 – Lobbying Battle on Tap Over Proposed Changes to Workplace Safety Rules

ASSE Shares Views & Support on OSHA’s I2P2 Standard

The I2P2 rule would require employers to implement a program tailored to the hazards in their workplaces and require employers to “find and fix” hazards without waiting for a workplace incident, an issue-specific OSHA standard or an OSHA inspection. If House leadership decides that OSHA’s I2P2 rulemaking requires oversight, the Committee on Oversight and Government … Continue reading ASSE Shares Views & Support on OSHA’s I2P2 Standard