On April 10, 2020, OSHA issued interim guidance related to recording cases of COVID-19 that occur in the workplace. Normally, illnesses contracted in the workplace are recordable if they are new cases and result in medical treatment beyond first aid, days away from work, or other criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7.
On March 18, EPA released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) to clarify the scope of the 2018 proposed rule “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” The original rulemaking is designed to make information that influences certain EPA rulemakings publicly accessible.
The 49 CFR explicitly states that “hazmat employers” must ensure their “hazmat employees” are training to perform their essential job functions [49 CFR 172.702(a)]. But who exactly needs training and what kind of training is required? We answer these questions and more.
Hazmat labels play a monumental role in the safe transportation of hazardous materials. US DOT’S Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)...
We review three hazardous materials rulemakings to keep an eye out for in 2020. These rules appeared in DOT PHMSA's section of the Fall 2019 Unified Agenda and relate to harmonization with international standards, safe transport of lithium batteries by air, and more.
When shipping hazardous materials, it is crucial that incompatible materials are kept separate from each other. But how do we know which materials will react with others, or with their packaging?
As road repair and construction projects kick into high gear for summer, so does workers’ risk of exposure to breathable silica dust. Workers can be exposed to silica during abrasive blasting work, stonecutting, rock drilling, or the manufacturing of bricks, cement, and asphalt. Silica is also used in adhesives, paints, soaps, and glass.
US DOT PHMSA posted notice of applications to modify existing hazardous materials special permits (SP) and notice of actions taken on existing SP applications on April 15.
PHMSA snuck a new marking/labeling requirement for excepted lithium batteries shipped by all modes (including ground shipments) into its HM-224I lithium battery "harmonization" Interim Final Rule, in effect as of March 6, 2019.
The owner of a trucking company has been sentenced to serve one year in jail for hazardous materials shipping violations, conspiracy, fraud, and obstruction of justice.
To record or not to record? That is the question when an employee gets sick or injured at work. In most cases, injuries that occur at work are work-related and must be recorded to maintain compliance with OSHA regulation. That said, OSHA provides nine specific exceptions to this general rule.