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OSHA seeking nominations for Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that nominations are being accepted for members to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. The association is accepting nominations for six members to serve on the 12-member committee for a two-year term. The six positions will become vacant Dec. 1, 2015. Nominations will be accepted from those interested in […]

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OSHA signs alliance to protect workers in oil and gas industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed a two-year alliance with the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety (STEPS) Network and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities among workers in the exploration and production sector of the oil and gas industry. Through the alliance, the participants […]

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Measuring safety within an organization

Business leaders and managers can use leading and lagging indicators to predict safety in the workplace. By definition, lagging indicators “tell you how you did (someone either got hurt or they did not),” reported an OSHA spokesperson. By contrast, leading indicators are predictive and include behaviors, activities, or processes that are linked to favorable or […]

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Assistant secretary sets OSHA’s agenda

On February 11, 2014, Dr. Michaels, assistant secretary for OSHA, issued his annual update address.  Central to this year’s message was the need for OSHA to do as much with fewer resources due to sequestration and the government shutdown. OSHA relied on several resources, including its Whistleblower Protection Program. “In total, we helped to award more than 24 […]

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April EA Preview: When personal protective equipment is a necessity

In “Safety & Health” for the September 2013 issue of EA, Wes Scott, the consulting and training director for the Itasca, Ill.-based National Safety Council, emphasized the importance of administrative and engineering controls before personal protective equipment.  “When you rely on PPE, the hazard still exists,” warned Scott.  However, some hazards are intertwined with the […]

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