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OSHA is proposing to issue an interpretation of the term “feasible administrative or engineering controls” as used in the general industry and construction occupational noise exposure standards and to amend its current enforcement policy to reflect the interpretation. Comments are due 12/20/10.
BLS announced that nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers declined in 2009 to a rate of 3.6 cases per 100 equivalent full time workers, down from a total case rate of 3.9 in 2008.
OSHA will hold an informal public hearing starting January 18, 2011, on the proposed rule revising the Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standards to improve worker protection from slip, trip, and fall hazards.
According to the BLS, the number of reported nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases that required days away from work to recuperate decreased by 9% in 2009 for private industry, state, and local government. (Note, this number reflects a decrease in construction and overall employment.)
The committee advises the Secretary of Labor on developing standards and policies that affect the safety and health of construction workers.
[hamlet-nc-chicken-plant-fire-2_tn] On September 3, 1991 a fire in the Imperial Foods chicken processing plant in Hamlet, NC, claimed 25 lives and injured 54 employees. Locked emergency exits made it difficult for employees to exit the building during the fire.
Last week, OSHA announced that BP Products North America Inc. will pay a full penalty of $50.6 million stemming from the 2005 refinery explosion that killed 15 workers and injured 170 others.
Workers who “blow the whistle” on prohibited or unlawful practices in the workplace as well as safety and health discrimination play an important role in assuring compliance with federal laws.
The MOU provides the means for OSHA to notify the FOSC when it intends to take enforcement action against BP, BP’s contractors, or any other employer engaged in response activities.
How high are tensions running in the energy industry down in Louisiana? At one company, the president makes the link between improper swivel chair usage and the BP oil spill.
Cleanup workers can face potential hazards from oil byproducts, dispersants, detergents, and degreasers. Drowning, heat illness, and falls also pose hazards, as can encounters with wild species native to the impacted areas. OSHA is consulting with BP and others to ensure that workers receive appropriate training and protective equipment.
In the aftermath of the recent fatal incidents this month, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement on Workers Memorial Day, April 28, 2010.
A whistleblower investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that New Jersey Transit violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act when it retaliated against an employee for reporting a work-related illness.
The Hazard Communication proposed rule seeks to ensure that the hazards of all chemicals produced or imported are evaluated and communicated to employers and employees. Modifying OSHA’s existing HCS could harmonize chemical hazard communications worldwide, help U.S. employers compete in the international marketplace, and increase work safety.
OSHA issued a compliance directive on 11/20/09 to ensure uniform procedures when conducting inspections to identify and minimize or eliminate high to very high risk occupational exposures for healthcare workers to the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus.
New report from the GAO confirms that Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA statistics do not reflect the real risk employees face from workplace hazards.
OSHA is initiating a national emphasis program on recordkeeping to assess the accuracy of injury and illness data recorded by employers.
The states with an OSHA law already in effect are Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, and most recently, Missouri. The state of Nevada OSHA training law becomes effective January 1, 2010.
The program establishes policies and procedures for inspecting workplaces that are covered by OSHA's process safety management (PSM) standard.