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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.
The nurses requested assistance from the Cal/OSHA just after the World Health Organization re-classified H1N1 as an "unstoppable" Level 6 pandemic.
Earlier this month, Tyson Foods Inc. was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Arkansas to pay the maximum fine for willfully violating worker safety regulations that led to a worker's death in its River Valley Animal Foods (RVAF) plant in Texarkana, AR.
OSHA is soliciting applications for nearly $7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants available to nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations. Applications are due July 24, 2009.
In an effort to crack down on fraudulent trainers, OSHA is strengthening the integrity of its 36-year-old Outreach Training Program by improving how trainers become authorized to teach and ensuring these trainers are in compliance with OSHA program guidelines.