Standards en Emails from EPA’s Pruitt Reveal Close Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry <div class="field-deck"> Recently released emails reveal that as the Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt and his staff members held strategy sessions with energy company officials to combat EPA regulations and encouraged those officials to help draft letters to the federal government. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In response to a judge&rsquo;s order, the Oklahoma Attorney General&rsquo;s Office on Feb. 21 released 7,564 pages of emails, many of which reveal the close relationship EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had with a number of energy companies and lobbyists for the industry when he was attorney general.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:31:00 +0000 53061 at Thinkstock EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: From Chief Opponent to Agency Chief <div class="field-deck"> Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been tasked to lead the agency he sued 13 times. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Feb. 17, Scott Pruitt was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He subsequently resigned his position as attorney general of Oklahoma.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment Health News Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:02:00 +0000 53021 at <p>EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt addressing EPA employees on Feb. 21.</p> Getty Images Goodyear Reaches $1.75 Million Settlement After Four Worker Deaths <div class="field-deck"> Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) settles with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company after four fatal accidents in one year. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear Tire &amp; Rubber Company has agreed to pay $1.75 million in penalties and overhaul its health and safety program after four fatalities occurred at its Danville, Va. plant over the course of a year.</p> <p>Jeanie Strader, Kevin Waid Edmond, &nbsp;Charles &ldquo;Greg&rdquo; Cooper &nbsp;and William Scheier were killed at the facility between August 2015 and August 2016. Eleven subsequent investigations discovered numerous violations at the plant, which manufactures aviation and specialty tires.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Forklift Safety Safety Leadership OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:37:00 +0000 52911 at Thinkstock Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Work-Related Injuries and Illness Summaries <div class="field-deck"> California companies with more than 10 employees must post their 2016 annual summaries between February 1 and April 30. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>California&rsquo;s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), also known as Cal/OSHA, are reminding employers that they have until April 30 to comply with the agency&#39;s posting requirement for 2016 injuries and illnesses.</p> <p>Companies that employ more than 10 workers must submit occupational fatalities, injuries, and illnesses per the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Sections 14300 through 14300.48 on an annual basis.</p> <p>Even if none occurred, employers are still required to complete and post Form 300A, Cal/OSHA states.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:48:00 +0000 52901 at Thinkstock Washington Construction Co. Fined more than $200,000 for Repeated Safety Violations <div class="field-deck"> A Puyallup, Wash., construction company allegedly exposed workers to potential falls and other hazards at a residential construction site in Olympia. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Washington State <a href=";d=DwMGaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=XgtefILxNjCXUNQxGj32dUM9iTIINaaWqlieCZOmwA0&amp;m=IEGEc1unPNRxenbIHx4Xkwb1PAXoUwvl4PjahU4MMRA&amp;s=S2-375Zb8dp-26d5YP7nGLRbLQ67n45bJz19CF5NYyQ&amp;e=" target="_blank">Department of Labor &amp; Industries</a> (L&amp;I) has cited J &amp; I Construction for 13 violations for allegedly exposing workers to falls and other hazards, including several that are considered willful and repeat-serious. The findings include penalties totaling $203,420.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Fall Protection OSHA News Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:33:00 +0000 52851 at Part II: Are You Ready for OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard? <div class="field-byline"> Luis Pieretti, PhD, CIH, CSP </div> <div class="field-deck"> This is the second article in a three-part series reviewing OSHA’s standard for respirable crystalline silica. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In Part I of this series analyzing OSHA&#39;s crystalline silica standard, I mentioned that the <a href="" target="_blank">new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica</a> is 50 &micro;g/m3 with an action level of 25 &micro;g/m3. A series of requirements will be in effect depending on the employee&rsquo;s exposure.</p> <p><strong>Exposure Assessment</strong></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Health Industrial Hygiene News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:06:00 +0000 52831 at <p>On March 25, 2016, OSHA published the long-awaited respirable crystalline silica rule, which the agency says will affect 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries and this hydraulic fracturing operation in Colorado.</p> Thinkstock Are You Ready for OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard? <div class="field-byline"> Luis Pieretti, PhD, CIH, CSP </div> <div class="field-deck"> The first in a three-part series of articles analyzing OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline silica standard, this article from Luis Pieretti, PhD, CIH, CSP, discusses the new PEL and how it might impact employers in general industry and the maritime industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On March 25, 2016, <a href="" target="_blank">OSHA published the long-awaited respirable crystalline silica rule</a>, which the agency says will affect 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries and hydraulic fracturing.</p> <p>This rule took effect on June 23, 2016, after which industries have one to five years to comply:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:48:00 +0000 52811 at Free Retro-Inspired Posters Highlight OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2016 [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p><a href="" target="_blank">The series of 10, vintage-inspired safety posters are available for free from the Grainger web site.</a></p> </div> Construction Forklift Safety Galleries GHS Safety Leadership Fall Protection OSHA Safety Galleries Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:24:00 +0000 52791 at <p>A set of 10, vintage-style safety posters is available for free from Grainger.</p> Fall Prevention Training for General Industry Employees <div class="field-byline"> By Karen Hamel, CSP, WACH </div> <div class="field-deck"> OSHA's efforts to revise and update the existing walking-working surfaces standard for general industry have been ongoing since 1973. A focus of the update is employee training. Here's what you need to know. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In 2016, OSHA passed a final rule expanding the scope of the existing walking and working surface standard for general industry and adding a fall protection standard for general industry; acknowledging that many general industry workers face similar types of fall hazards as those in construction.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fall Protection OSHA Safety Training OSHA Enforcement Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:54:00 +0000 52721 at Six Ways to Leverage Chemical Labeling To Increase Safety and Supply Chain Efficiencies <div class="field-byline"> Greg Wimble </div> <div class="field-deck"> How can you leverage innovations in enterprise barcode labeling to help your chemical company succeed in a highly regulated, highly competitive global marketplace? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Labeling is complex; today&rsquo;s chemical manufacturers are faced with a range of evolving requirements that complicate the process, and many companies accept this process as the cost of doing business. But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be.</p> <p>Labeling can make a huge difference, enabling IT and supply chain decision makers to not just overcome challenges, but also provide their company with a distinct competitive advantage. There are just six questions you have to ask yourself to find out.</p> <p><strong>How Can Labeling Improve Supply Chain Processes?</strong></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GHS Emergency Management OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:18:00 +0000 52711 at