EHS Today http://ehstoday.com/rss.xml en Focusing on the Positives in Safety http://ehstoday.com/blog/focusing-positives-safety <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A couple weeks ago, I posted a<a href="http://ehstoday.com/galleries/top-10-worker-complaints-about-your-safety-program-photo-gallery" target="_blank"> slideshow highlighting some of the most common worker complaints about safety</a>, culled from the responses to our 2014 National Safety Survey.</p> <p>Based on the analytics, the slideshow must have struck a chord with many readers, as it already ranks among the most popular Web items of 2014. (Yes, like safety, we&rsquo;re in a metrics-driven business too.) But it didn&rsquo;t come without a touch of guilt.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/focusing-positives-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/focusing-positives-safety#comments Safety Leadership Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:42:00 +0000 33991 at http://ehstoday.com And the Headline Reads: Business Owner Faces Felony Charges Following Employee Death http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/and-headline-reads-business-owner-faces-felony-charges-following-employee-death <div class="field-deck"> No business owner or boss wants to see their name in the newspaper because a worker died and they’ve been charged with negligence or worse, manslaughter. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It&rsquo;s every business owner&rsquo;s worst nightmare. And for Joe Novak, a West Michigan business owner, there&rsquo;s no waking up from the nightmare of being held responsible for the death of one of his employees.</p> <p>Novak, president and owner of Black River Builders LLC in Sparta, Mich., has been charged with one count of Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act Violation Causing Death. The charge comes after the death of Brian Tarachanowicz on July 2, 2012.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/and-headline-reads-business-owner-faces-felony-charges-following-employee-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/and-headline-reads-business-owner-faces-felony-charges-following-employee-death#comments Safety Leadership News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:23:00 +0000 33951 at http://ehstoday.com America's Safest Companies Through the Years: 2003 (Photo Gallery) http://ehstoday.com/galleries/americas-safest-companies-through-years-2003-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>As <em>EHS Today</em>&rsquo;s America&rsquo;s Safest Companies program enters its 13<sup>th</sup> year, we thought it would be nice to look back at the past years&rsquo; winners.</p> <p>America&rsquo;s Safest Companies recognizes organzations that achieve safety excellence through their:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/galleries/americas-safest-companies-through-years-2003-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/galleries/americas-safest-companies-through-years-2003-photo-gallery#comments Galleries Galleries Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:40:00 +0000 33921 at http://ehstoday.com NIOSH Issues First Approval for Closed-Circuit Escape Respirator Under New Requirements http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/niosh-issues-first-approval-closed-circuit-escape-respirator-under-new-requirem <div class="node-body article-body"><p>NIOSH has issued the first approval for a respirator that complies with the new requirements for closed-circuit escape respirators (CCERs).</p> <p>The approval comes approximately nine months ahead of the deadline established for companies to transition to the new requirements. The new requirements are intended to strengthen emergency respiratory protection for workers relying on the devices during life-threatening escape situations.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/niosh-issues-first-approval-closed-circuit-escape-respirator-under-new-requirem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/niosh-issues-first-approval-closed-circuit-escape-respirator-under-new-requirem#comments Emergency Management News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 33911 at http://ehstoday.com Researcher: Bacteria Ate Some Gulf Spill Toxins, but Worst Remain http://ehstoday.com/environment/researcher-bacteria-ate-some-gulf-spill-toxins-worst-remain <div class="field-deck"> Half the sediment samples taken near the site of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico contain levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that exceed EPA’s water-quality benchmarks for aquatic life. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A Florida State University researcher found that bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico consumed many of the toxic components of the oil released during the Deepwater Horizon spill in the months after the spill, but not the most toxic contaminants.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/researcher-bacteria-ate-some-gulf-spill-toxins-worst-remain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/researcher-bacteria-ate-some-gulf-spill-toxins-worst-remain#comments Emergency Management Environment Health News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:19:00 +0000 33901 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Pelicans covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, arguably one of the greatest environmental disasters in history.</p> "Gulf-Oiled-Pelicans-June-3-2010" by International Bird Rescue Research Center - originally posted to Flickr as Gulf-Oiled-Pelicans-June-3-2010. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons PG&E Faces Criminal Charges in Fatal San Bruno Explosion http://ehstoday.com/safety/pge-faces-criminal-charges-fatal-san-bruno-explosion <div class="field-deck"> The indictment on charges that it obstructed an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and violated the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act could mean as much as $1 billion in fines for the California utility, which already is facing lawsuits and $2.5 billion in civil penalties from regulators. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A federal grand jury for the Northern District of California has returned an indictment charging Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&amp;E) with obstruction of the investigation of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the deadly San Bruno, Calif., pipeline explosion in 2010 that killed eight people, injured dozens more and destroyed 38 homes. The company also has been charged with additional violations of the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 (PSA).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/pge-faces-criminal-charges-fatal-san-bruno-explosion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/pge-faces-criminal-charges-fatal-san-bruno-explosion#comments Emergency Management Safety News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:28:00 +0000 33891 at http://ehstoday.com <p>The explosion of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas pipeline decimated an entire neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., on Sept. 9, 2010. Eight people died, dozens were injured and 38 homes were destroyed.</p> "SanBrunoFireNight" by MisterOh - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Putting People First: VPP and VPPPA http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/putting-people-first-vpp-and-vpppa <div class="field-deck"> The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association Inc. (VPPPA) is dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health and environmental management systems. VPPPA is a member-based association, supporting worksites across the U.S. in their efforts to receive and maintain their status in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2014/07/vpppa.gif" style="width: 250px; height: 141px; margin: 6px; float: left;" />As the organization prepares for its 30th annual conference, which will be held Aug. 25-28 at the Gaylord National Convention Center <a href="http://www.vpppa.org/conference/" title="http://www.vpppa.org/conference/">http://www.vpppa.org/conference/</a> in National Harbor, Md., Editor-in-Chief Sandy Smith had a question and answer session with VPPPA board members Bill Harkins, Richard McConnell, Stacy Thursby Mike Guillory and Tony Stoner.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/putting-people-first-vpp-and-vpppa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/putting-people-first-vpp-and-vpppa#comments Safety Leadership OSHA Safety News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:14:00 +0000 33881 at http://ehstoday.com VPPPA #WINNING: EHS Today Comes Out a Winner in ASBPE’s Azbee Awards of Excellence Program http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/winning-ehs-today-comes-out-winner-asbpe-s-azbee-awards-excellence-program <div class="field-deck"> EHS Today receives two national and three regional ASBPE Azbee Awards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EHS Today again has been honored for editorial and design excellence as part of ASBPE&rsquo;s Azbee Awards of Excellence program.</p> <p><strong>EHS Today</strong>&rsquo;s Editor-in-Chief Sandy Smith received the top award for editor&rsquo;s letter/editorial at the July 25 National Awards Banquet of ASBPE (the American Society of Business Publication Editors). Smith received the national Gold award for her editorials &ldquo;Wellness&hellip;What??!&rdquo; and &ldquo;A Voice for the Silent.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/winning-ehs-today-comes-out-winner-asbpe-s-azbee-awards-excellence-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/winning-ehs-today-comes-out-winner-asbpe-s-azbee-awards-excellence-program#comments Safety Leadership News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:44:00 +0000 33871 at http://ehstoday.com ASBPE Top 10 Opportunities for Improvement in Your Safety Program [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/galleries/top-10-opportunities-improvement-your-safety-program-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Perhaps just as telling as the statistical results from our 2014 National Safety Survey were the write-in responses. EHS professionals didn&rsquo;t mince words when we asked them about the challenges and opportunities that they face in protecting workers.</p> <p>In this gallery, we look at the 10 most frequent answers to this question: &ldquo;In what area would you most like to see improvement in your EHS program?&rdquo;</p> <p>Do any of these responses sound familiar?</p> <p>Look for an in-depth analysis of our survey in the August issue of <em>EHS Today</em>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/galleries/top-10-opportunities-improvement-your-safety-program-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/galleries/top-10-opportunities-improvement-your-safety-program-photo-gallery#comments Galleries Safety Galleries Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:55:00 +0000 33861 at http://ehstoday.com OSHA and FMCSA Sign Pact Focusing on Whistleblower Protection http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-and-fmcsa-sign-pact-focusing-whistleblower-protection <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have signed a <a href="https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=MOU&amp;p_id=1305" title="Memorandum of Understanding">memorandum of understanding</a> allowing the agencies to cooperate on whistleblower cases that fall under the anti-retaliation provision of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-and-fmcsa-sign-pact-focusing-whistleblower-protection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-and-fmcsa-sign-pact-focusing-whistleblower-protection#comments Environment Safety News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:55:00 +0000 33851 at http://ehstoday.com Lack of Foot Protection Carries a $308,435 Price Tag for New Jersey Logistics Firm http://ehstoday.com/foot-protection/lack-foot-protection-carries-308435-price-tag-new-jersey-logistics-firm <div class="field-deck"> Cal/OSHA cited Vineland, N.J.-based NFI for the same violation in 2012, and alleges that the firm has failed to address the situation. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Cal/OSHA has issued $308,435 in proposed penalties to National Distribution Center LP (doing business as NFI) for failing to provide employees with foot protection at its Mira Loma, Calif., facility.</p> <p>The agency cited the Cherry Hill, N.J.-based logistics, warehousing and distribution firm for the same violation in 2012, and alleges that NFI has failed to address the situation.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/foot-protection/lack-foot-protection-carries-308435-price-tag-new-jersey-logistics-firm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/foot-protection/lack-foot-protection-carries-308435-price-tag-new-jersey-logistics-firm#comments Forklift Safety Foot Protection News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:23:00 +0000 33841 at http://ehstoday.com EHS Update Subscription Confirmation http://ehstoday.com/ehs-update-subscription-confirmation <div class="node-body page-body"><p> Thank you for subscribing to EHS Today's Update. You will receive the newsletter each Tuesday and Thursday.</p></div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/ehs-update-subscription-confirmation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Archive Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:12:56 +0000 33831 at http://ehstoday.com Survey Reveals Arc-Flash Mitigation Is a Priority in Electrical Safety http://ehstoday.com/safety/survey-reveals-arc-flash-mitigation-priority-electrical-safety <div class="field-deck"> Eight-five percent of respondents say arc-flash mitigation is important. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A recent survey conducted by&nbsp;Littelfuse Inc.&nbsp;reveals that arc-flash safety is a priority among plant professionals and that protection technologies such as arc-flash relays are growing in popularity.</p> <p>Even 10 years ago, arc-flash danger wasn&rsquo;t at the top of many minds, but today 85 percent of the 825 survey respondents agree or strongly agree that arc-flash mitigation is important. According to OSHA, industrial arc-flash events cause 80 percent of electrically related accidents and fatalities among qualified electrical workers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/survey-reveals-arc-flash-mitigation-priority-electrical-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/survey-reveals-arc-flash-mitigation-priority-electrical-safety#comments Safety Arc Flash News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:52:00 +0000 33821 at http://ehstoday.com <p>According to OSHA, industrial arc-flash events cause 80 percent of electrically related accidents and fatalities among qualified electrical workers.</p> Littlefuse Massachusetts Holds Public Meeting about Law to Protect Temporary Workers http://ehstoday.com/safety/massachusetts-holds-public-meeting-about-law-protect-temporary-workers <div class="field-deck"> Temporary workers, advocates speak out about protecting vulnerable, low-wage workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For over six years, Mercedes Mendez worked 50- to 60-hour weeks at a Billerica packing company, but never received a penny of the thousands of dollars in overtime due to her.&nbsp;The temp agency that employed her laid responsibility on the packing company, claiming they didn&rsquo;t pay the agency enough to foot the overtime, while the packing company argued it bore no responsibility for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime wages of the workers who labored at the plant.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/massachusetts-holds-public-meeting-about-law-protect-temporary-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/massachusetts-holds-public-meeting-about-law-protect-temporary-workers#comments Safety News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:42:00 +0000 33811 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Workers and worker advocates say some bad apple employers and temporary agencies are finding runarounds to compliance with Massachusset&#39;s Temp Worker Right to Know Law.</p> OSHA Directive Outlines Proper Use of Hoists for Tower Workers http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-directive-outlines-proper-use-hoists-tower-workers <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Due to &ldquo;an alarming increase&rdquo; in deaths and injuries involving communication-tower workers, OSHA has updated a 2002 directive covering inspection of hoist systems used to move workers to and from workstations on communication towers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-directive-outlines-proper-use-hoists-tower-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-directive-outlines-proper-use-hoists-tower-workers#comments Safety News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:18:00 +0000 33801 at http://ehstoday.com PPE: The Basics [Infographic] http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/ppe-basics-infographic <div class="field-deck"> Personal protection equipment (PPE) is part of the hierarchy of controls used to protect employees from workplace hazards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>This infographic from <a href="http://www.complianceandsafety.com">Compliance and Safety</a> offers simple but effective advice about the use of PPE. For example: When should I use PPE?</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/ppe-basics-infographic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/ppe-basics-infographic#comments Eye, Face & Head Fall Protection Foot Protection Hand Protection Hearing Protection Protective Clothing Respirators Safety News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:56:00 +0000 33791 at http://ehstoday.com Study: Obese Workers Are More Prone to Fatigue http://ehstoday.com/health/study-obese-workers-are-more-prone-fatigue <div class="field-deck"> Obesity is associated with physiological changes at the muscular level, including a decrease in blood flow, which limits the supply of oxygen and energy sources. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Obese workers have less endurance and are more prone to fatigue than their non-obese co-workers, a new study suggests.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/study-obese-workers-are-more-prone-fatigue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/study-obese-workers-are-more-prone-fatigue#comments Health News Wellness Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:59:00 +0000 33771 at http://ehstoday.com Maker of Silk Soy Milk Earns LEED Certification for Dallas Beverage Plant http://ehstoday.com/environment/maker-silk-soy-milk-earns-leed-certification-dallas-beverage-plant <div class="node-body article-body"><p>WhiteWave Foods, the maker of Silk soy milk and other beverage products, has earned U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification for its Dallas manufacturing facility.</p> <p>The facility, which produces Horizon organic milk, International Delight coffee creamers and Silk soy milk, is the first in the company to achieve green certification, Broomfield, Colo.-based WhiteWave Foods said.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/maker-silk-soy-milk-earns-leed-certification-dallas-beverage-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/maker-silk-soy-milk-earns-leed-certification-dallas-beverage-plant#comments Environment News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000 33761 at http://ehstoday.com No Pretzels for You!! United Airlines Cited by OSHA at Newark Airport http://ehstoday.com/osha/no-pretzels-you-united-airlines-cited-osha-newark-airport <div class="field-deck"> United Airlines faces $101,300 penalty following an OSHA inspection that uncovered serious and repeat safety violations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>United Airlines Inc. allegedly has exposed ground operation workers at the Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., to safety hazards, causing OSHA to issue 16 citations and propose penalties of $101,300.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/no-pretzels-you-united-airlines-cited-osha-newark-airport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/no-pretzels-you-united-airlines-cited-osha-newark-airport#comments OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:31:00 +0000 33751 at http://ehstoday.com <p>OSHA has fined United Airlines $101,300 for allegedly exposing ground workers to hazards at the Newark, N.J., airport.</p> United Airlines Elephant in the Boardroom: 
How Depression and Stress in the Workplace Are Killing Productivity http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/elephant-boardroom-how-depression-and-stress-workplace-are-killing-productivity <div class="field-deck"> As companies strive to compete in a global economy, they become high-stress incubators for mental health problems. This wreaks havoc on productivity. Graeme Cowan explains why we must overcome the stigma associated with depression and tackle the “elephant” head-on. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In a hypercompetitive global economy, the scramble for perpetual performance is taking a harsh toll on employees. They relentlessly are pushd to get ahead and stay ahead &ndash; working longer days, emailing after hours, taking fewer vacations - often with little acknowledgment for their efforts.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/elephant-boardroom-how-depression-and-stress-workplace-are-killing-productivity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/elephant-boardroom-how-depression-and-stress-workplace-are-killing-productivity#comments Safety Leadership News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:04:00 +0000 33741 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Employee depression can be an expensive elephant in the board room, impacting productivity and profitability.</p> OSHA: Overloaded Storage Bins Triggered Collapse that Killed Two Workers in Omaha Feed Plant http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-overloaded-storage-bins-triggered-collapse-killed-two-workers-omaha-feed-plant <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA has determined that the weight of nine storage bins on the roof of International Nutrition&rsquo;s Omaha, Neb., livestock-feed plant triggered the structural collapse that killed two workers and hurt nine others in January.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-overloaded-storage-bins-triggered-collapse-killed-two-workers-omaha-feed-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-overloaded-storage-bins-triggered-collapse-killed-two-workers-omaha-feed-plant#comments Safety OSHA Enforcement Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:12:00 +0000 33731 at http://ehstoday.com OSHA Off-the-Job Safety: Don’t Skimp on Sunglasses this Summer http://ehstoday.com/safety/job-safety-don-t-skimp-sunglasses-summer <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Although it&rsquo;s fashionable to slip on a sleek pair of shades, shopping for sunglasses should be about more than just looks.</p> <p>Tara O&rsquo;Rourke, an optometrist at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, offers these tips for choosing sunglasses that provide adequate protection in the sunny summer months:</p> <p><strong>Bigger is better</strong></p> <p>Larger frames are in style now, but they also are more effective at protecting the eye, eyelid and surrounding tissues from harmful ultraviolet, or UV, rays.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/job-safety-don-t-skimp-sunglasses-summer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/job-safety-don-t-skimp-sunglasses-summer#comments Safety News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:09:00 +0000 33721 at http://ehstoday.com Pit Stop Line http://ehstoday.com/forklift-safety/pit-stop-line <div class="node-body video-body"></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://ehstoday.com/forklift-safety/pit-stop-line#comments Forklift Safety Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:14:00 +0000 33711 at http://ehstoday.com The 816,500 Reasons Formed Fiber Technologies Shouldn't Have Lied to OSHA http://ehstoday.com/osha/816500-reasons-formed-fiber-technologies-shouldnt-have-lied-osha <div class="field-deck"> OSHA claims the Ohio employer provided false abatement documentation and continues to expose workers to serious hazards and fines the company $816,500. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>After allegedly providing false documentation and making false representations claiming that hazards cited in October 2013 related to hydraulic presses had been corrected, Formed Fiber Technologies LLC has been <a href="http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/FormedFiberTechnologies_956889_07_15_14.pdf">issued 14 safety citations by OSHA</a>, including willful and repeat citations, as well as a notice of failure to abate with proposed fines totaling $816,500 (the original penalty was $69,000).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/816500-reasons-formed-fiber-technologies-shouldnt-have-lied-osha" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/816500-reasons-formed-fiber-technologies-shouldnt-have-lied-osha#comments OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:12:00 +0000 33701 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Formed Fiber Technologies &quot;apparently decided that production was more important than ensuring its workers&rsquo; safety,&quot; said OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels.</p> Leadership: Keeping a Promise Is Worth More Than Exceeding It http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/leadership-keeping-promise-worth-more-exceeding-it <div class="field-deck"> New research finds that there is no value in going above and beyond what you promise to do, but the cost of breaking your word is high. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Think twice before breaking that promise &ndash; or exceeding it. New research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that exceeding a promise isn&#39;t viewed any more highly than keeping a promise.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/leadership-keeping-promise-worth-more-exceeding-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/leadership-keeping-promise-worth-more-exceeding-it#comments Safety Leadership Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:57:00 +0000 33691 at http://ehstoday.com OSHA Cites Sterling Shipyard for Continuing To Expose Workers To Hazards http://ehstoday.com/osha/osha-cites-sterling-shipyard-continuing-expose-workers-hazards <div class="field-deck"> Texas barge builder Sterling Shipyard has been cited by OSHA for 16 serious, repeat, failure-to-abate safety violations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Sterling Shipyard LP has been issued 16 serious, repeat and failure-to-abate violations by OSHA for continuing to expose workers to safety hazards, including dangerous machinery, high noise levels without appropriate hearing protection and falls from heights above 6 feet. Proposed penalties total $305,100.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/osha-cites-sterling-shipyard-continuing-expose-workers-hazards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/osha-cites-sterling-shipyard-continuing-expose-workers-hazards#comments OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:47:00 +0000 33681 at http://ehstoday.com Top 10 Worker Complaints About Your Safety Program (Photo Gallery) http://ehstoday.com/galleries/worker-complaints-safety <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>EHS professionals are in the business of saving lives and preventing workplace injuries and illnesses. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates their efforts to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.</p> <p>In our 2014 National Safety Survey, we asked safety managers to share &ldquo;the most frequent complaint that you hear from employees about your organization&rsquo;s EHS program,&rdquo; among other questions seeking to gauge the pulse of the profession.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/galleries/worker-complaints-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/galleries/worker-complaints-safety#comments Galleries Galleries Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:20:00 +0000 33671 at http://ehstoday.com After Worker Is Buried Alive in Sugar, Senator Pushes OSHA for Temp Safety http://ehstoday.com/safety/after-worker-buried-alive-sugar-senator-pushes-osha-temp-safety <div class="node-body article-body"><p>U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is pressing OSHA for better protection of temporary workers, after the tragic death of a 50-year-old temporary employee in a CSC Sugar plant near Philadelphia.</p> <p>Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, fired off a letter to OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels expressing &ldquo;deep concern about employment and workplace safety practices involving temporary workers.&rdquo; Casey also expresses concern &ldquo;about possible regulatory or legislative impediments to OSHA&rsquo;s ability to ensure safe and healthful workplaces for temporary workers.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/after-worker-buried-alive-sugar-senator-pushes-osha-temp-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/after-worker-buried-alive-sugar-senator-pushes-osha-temp-safety#comments Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:43:00 +0000 33661 at http://ehstoday.com CDC Director Frieden: ‘Culture of Laboratory Safety Needs to Improve’ http://ehstoday.com/safety/cdc-director-frieden-culture-laboratory-safety-needs-improve <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has appointed a director of laboratory safety, temporary halted transfers of biological samples out of two bioterrorism labs and tightened its safety protocols, after discovering that CDC scientists might have been exposed to live anthrax spores in June.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/cdc-director-frieden-culture-laboratory-safety-needs-improve" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/cdc-director-frieden-culture-laboratory-safety-needs-improve#comments Health Safety News Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:57:00 +0000 33651 at http://ehstoday.com Synergist Article Examines the Challenges of Decommissioning a Nuclear Power Plant http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/synergist-article-examines-challenges-decommissioning-nuclear-power-plant <div class="field-deck"> An article in the June/July issue of The Synergist examines the EHS challenges surrounding the decommissioning of the Zion Nuclear Station following 25 years of service. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Zion Nuclear Station in Zion, Ill., was shut down in 1998, and the decommissioning process started in 2010 under the guidance of ZionSolutions. The reactor featured two, pressurized water reactors that each produced 1,085 megawatts electrical, making the Zion Nuclear Station the largest nuclear power plant to be decommissioned, according to Tulley, who is the manager of industrial safety and hygiene for the project.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/synergist-article-examines-challenges-decommissioning-nuclear-power-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/synergist-article-examines-challenges-decommissioning-nuclear-power-plant#comments Industrial Hygiene News Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:33:00 +0000 33641 at http://ehstoday.com The Syngergist