Free Whitepaper: “10 Tips To Implementing A Lockout / Tagout Program”

10 Tips to Implementing a Lockout/Tagout Program Your LOTO program must address the hazards that workers face when they place any part of their body near a machine’s point of operation, power transmission apparatus, pinch points, or other moving parts during maintenance and servicing activities. If the machine is not properly shut down and secured, … Continue reading Free Whitepaper: “10 Tips To Implementing A Lockout / Tagout Program”

“CSB Names Poor Design and Failure to Test Dust Collection System Among Causes of U.S. Ink New Jersey Flash Fire that Burned Seven Workers in 2012; OSHA Again Urged to Issue New Combustible Dust Regulations”

  OSHA Again Urged to Issue New Combustible Dust Regulations   East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 15, 2015—The flash fire that burned seven workers, one seriously, at a U.S. Ink plant in New Jersey in 2012 resulted from the accumulation of combustible dust inside a poorly designed dust collection system that had been put into … Continue reading “CSB Names Poor Design and Failure to Test Dust Collection System Among Causes of U.S. Ink New Jersey Flash Fire that Burned Seven Workers in 2012; OSHA Again Urged to Issue New Combustible Dust Regulations”

“CSB Releases Safety Bulletin on Anhydrous Ammonia Incident near Mobile, Alabama”

Safety Bulletin Notes Five Key Lessons to Prevent Hydraulic Shock January 15, 2014, East Rutherford, NJ - Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a safety bulletin intended to inform industries that utilize anhydrous ammonia in bulk refrigeration operations on how to avoid a hazard referred to as hydraulic shock.  The safety lessons were derived … Continue reading “CSB Releases Safety Bulletin on Anhydrous Ammonia Incident near Mobile, Alabama”

OSHA Law Update – OSHA FAQ Series (FAQ #1: Inspection Triggers)

  OSHA FAQ Series (FAQ #1: Inspection Triggers)       Posted: 25 Sep 2012 09:12 AM PDT Back in March we answered five frequently asked questions related to OSHA inspections.  We received a lot of positive feedback about that post and several requests to address additional questions.  Following up on that feedback, we will be adding … Continue reading OSHA Law Update – OSHA FAQ Series (FAQ #1: Inspection Triggers)

Northern Steel Castings Cited by OSHA at Wisconsin Plant for Silica Dust Exposure

Posted by VOICE Staff on November 28, 2011 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Northern Steel Castings for two safety and four health violations at its Wisconsin Rapids carbon steel foundry, including for overexposing workers to crystalline silica, a known respiratory hazard, according to a Nov. 28 press release. … Continue reading Northern Steel Castings Cited by OSHA at Wisconsin Plant for Silica Dust Exposure

Illinois Coal Mine Put on Notice Over Safety Concerns

By Julie Wernau Tribune reporter 5:08 p.m. CST, November 30, 2011 An Illinois coal mine in Saline County has been placed on notice by the U.S. Department of Labor for the second time in two years over health and safety concerns. Willow Lake Mine, an underground mine operated by Peabody Energy, employs about 483 people. … Continue reading Illinois Coal Mine Put on Notice Over Safety Concerns

How to Handle an OSHA Inspection – “What Should I Expect?”

How to Handle An OSHA Inspection - Download PDF File OSHA Inspection Procedures - Download PDF File I have had many questions lately asking "What should I expect and how do I handle an OSHA Inspection?", thus this posting. Being prepared to handle an OSHA inspection or investigation properly minimizes the employer’s exposure to liability … Continue reading How to Handle an OSHA Inspection – “What Should I Expect?”

What OSHA Expects: The Electrical & Arc Flash Safety Questions OSHA Will Ask During an Investigation

When it comes to electrical safety, OSHA standards can be technical and confusing. What requirements do safety managers need to know? Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly what OSHA is training its inspectors to look for during an inspection that includes electrical safety, including surprising new areas of emphasis based on national OSHA directives? … Continue reading What OSHA Expects: The Electrical & Arc Flash Safety Questions OSHA Will Ask During an Investigation

OSHA Blasts Chicago Sandblasting Firm for Inadequate PPE, Lead Exposure, More

OSHA has cited ERA Valdivia Contractors Inc., an industrial painting and sandblasting company in Chicago, with $130,300 in proposed penalties for exposing workers to dangerous lead materials. Based on a November 2009 inspection, OSHA has cited the company with two willful violations and a proposed $112,000 penalty for failing to provide adequate personal protective equipment … Continue reading OSHA Blasts Chicago Sandblasting Firm for Inadequate PPE, Lead Exposure, More

OSHA targets exposure to stainless steel hazards

Working with stainless steel can pose a greater threat to workers than other metals. A new rule aims to give workers more information about exposure to hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen released when stainless steel is welded, cut with a plasma torch or cast. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration changed its notification requirements in … Continue reading OSHA targets exposure to stainless steel hazards

OSHA Announces Severe Violator Enforcement Program In Effect In 45 Days!

OSHA announced a Severe Violator Enforcement Program today that will be in effect in 45 days and also said it is administratively raising the dollar value of its penalties, suggesting it would raise them higher still if it could. "The current maximum penalty for a serious violation, one capable of causing death or serious physical … Continue reading OSHA Announces Severe Violator Enforcement Program In Effect In 45 Days!

OSHA Finds Illinois Airport Tower Trafficking in Unsafe Conditions

OSHA has notified officials at the Evansville Regional Airport (Evansville, Ill.) that a recent inspection has found four serious and four repeat safety and health violations in its air traffic control tower. The agency began its safety and health inspection in August 2009 as a planned inspection under its Airport Air Traffic Control Tower Monitoring … Continue reading OSHA Finds Illinois Airport Tower Trafficking in Unsafe Conditions

OSHA alleges company exposed workers to hazards – Freeport, Texas

Federal regulators have cited Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Corp. in Freeport, alleging it exposed workers to hazardous airborne contaminants. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed penalties of $50,400 after an October inspection found 16 alleged serious violations of workplace safety and health standards. OSHA alleged this week that Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical failed to … Continue reading OSHA alleges company exposed workers to hazards – Freeport, Texas

Important! – US Labor Department’s OSHA notifies 15,000 workplaces nationwide of high injury and illness rates!

Note: I have provided a copy of the affected companies in an Excel Spreadsheet that you can download from my Box.net files on the right hand side of the blog at the top! Release Number: 10-294-NAT March 9, 2010 Contact: Diana Petterson Phone: 202-693-1898 US Labor Department's OSHA notifies 15,000 workplaces nationwide of high injury … Continue reading Important! – US Labor Department’s OSHA notifies 15,000 workplaces nationwide of high injury and illness rates!

Exit Access, Fire, & Crushing Hazards Add Up to $233K Fine for NY Retailer

OSHA has cited Home Goods, a national chain that sells bedding, furniture, and housewares, for 16 alleged violations of workplace safety standards. The retailer faces a total of $233,500 in proposed fines, chiefly for exit access, fire, and crushing hazards at its Commack, N.Y., store. Responding to an employee complaint, OSHA found exit routes obstructed … Continue reading Exit Access, Fire, & Crushing Hazards Add Up to $233K Fine for NY Retailer

ConAgra agrees to reduced penalties at plant in Garner, NC

ConAgra Foods and the North Carolina Labor Department have agreed to reduced financial penalties and stiffer safety policies in a settlement of a fatal explosion last June at the company’s Slim Jim plant in Garner, N.C. In the settlement, released Tuesday, the Omaha-based packaged foods giant agreed to a reduced fine of $106,440, which is … Continue reading ConAgra agrees to reduced penalties at plant in Garner, NC