Tag Archives: OSHA

Silica Valley

OSHA’s stricter ruling on dangerous dust to take effect soon Silica is no laughing matter when it comes to its potential long-term effects. The sand byproduct can cause severe lung cancer, silicosis, COPD, and kidney disease. A recent OSHA rule—set on June 23 of last year but due to take effect September 23, 2017 in […]

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OSHA’s Annual “Not Top 10”

Much of the same in 2016’s most frequently cited safety and health violations As odd as it may sound, OSHA would probably like to see this list change. At least, if that change were due to certain injuries decreasing in frequency (and thus falling off the list), not new kinds of injuries overtaking them.  Every October, OSHA releases a preliminary […]

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Safety & Health Concerns Abound

Grave reminders from accidents in New Jersey; UK There will never be a painless way for us to be reminded of the many safety concerns that come with the territory of hard work and the difficult responsibilities of manual labor. Sadly, two news items from the past week have provided harsh reminders of the worst […]

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Proceed With Caution

OSHA’s controversial new web portal Employers are always on alert for changes in OSHA policy. Keeping a business up to scratch with current OSHA requirements, violations, and reporting policies can kill two birds with one stone: ensuring optimal safety in the workplace and keeping management at ease knowing they don’t have to worry about violations. The […]

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Safety a Must During Midwest Flood Cleanup

OSHA, Red Cross stress work safety amid daunting rebuild efforts Two weeks later, those of us not living in affected areas have likely forgotten about the destructive wave of tornadoes and floods that hit the Midwest on New Year’s weekend. For many, the return to work and the need to focus on everyday life can push […]

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OSHA fines going up

OSHA penalties for repeat, willful, and serious violations will be increased for the first time in decades, and future fines will be permitted to rise with inflation over time, as authorized by a provision of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was signed into law by President Obama November 2. The increases will be based […]

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Case(s) Dismissed

RELATED – NBC News reports: a former OSHA federal whistleblower investigator who told members of the media about  problems in the Whistleblower Protection Program says that OSHA has fired him in retaliation   – story/video news report here OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program Draws Criticism The government agency program designed to protect whistleblowers has reportedly fallen short on a […]

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OSHA aims for quality over quantity

Administration shifts its strategy The Occupational Safety & Health Administration made its contribution to this week’s National Safety Congress in Atlanta on Tuesday by announcing an important shift in their overall strategy. They plan to tailor their inspection process by cutting the number of overall inspections and focusing more on complex instances, hoping to remedy […]

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OSHA releases new directive, new map

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a wide and important range of influence and responsibility within U.S. industry and its work environments, and recently released a new directive aimed to enhance at least one aspect of that web. OSHA issued a goal-oriented plan on August 19th for improvement of the handling of whistleblower and […]

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Republic Steel cited by OSHA

Republic Steel, of Canton, Ohio, a specialist in hot rolled coil steel with nine locations across three states and Canada and sales of more than $1 billion annually, was cited by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration on Aug. 7 for three repeat violations and eight more serious violations. The citations contained in the […]

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