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01/28/2020

California Mulls Adding Pain Killer to Prop 65 Dangerous Chemicals List

California regulators are reviewing a proposal that would add acetaminophen to their Proposition 65 list of chemicals believed to cause cancer or reproductive complications. This is only the most recent of several high-profile considerations, which has included alcoholic drinks and coffee.  

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01/21/2020

There's No Such Thing as "OSHA Approved" Headphones

While there is no specific OSHA standard that prohibits headphones on a job site, workers listening to music can create a safety hazard. If the employee’s music masks sounds like alarms, moving equipment, machinery, traffic, danger signals, or verbal warnings, the results could be tragic.  

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01/17/2020

OSHA Penalties for Safety Violations Rise for 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced increased civil penalties for violations of 29 CFR work safety programs.  

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01/14/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/14

In this week's Roundup, an oil refinery and a real estate development company must pay over $900,000 to resolve Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a Washington State port authority agrees to a $1.3 million settlement for alleged illegal stormwater discharges in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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01/06/2020

Railcar Servicer Fined $550K After Worker Fatality

On December 4, OSHA fined a railcar company $551,226 due to confined space safety violations that led to the death of an employee in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

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11/12/2019

Are Lithium Batteries Covered as Materials of Trade?

In a recent letter of interpretation, PHMSA answers the question: "Does the 49 CFR exception for materials of trade apply to lithium batteries?"   

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11/05/2019

DOT Names Lithium Battery Air Safety Advisory Committee

US DOT has announced a new 20-member safety committee to provide advice and recommendations to improve the safe air transportation of lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries.

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11/05/2019

Methylene Chloride Draft TSCA Risk Evaluation Released by EPA

On October 29, 2019, EPA unveiled a draft risk evaluation for the chemical methylene chloride. This comes after a prohibition on consumer sales was enacted in March of this year to go into effect at the end of November.  

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10/29/2019

Meat Plant Fined $50K by OSHA Following Death of Worker

A Pennsylvania meat processing plant has been fined $49,062 in safety violations after an employee was killed as a result of falling or being pulled into a commercial meat grinder.

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10/28/2019

CSB Releases Fact Update on PES Refinery Explosion

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a factual update on the major incident at the PES Refinery in Philadelphia on the morning of June 21, 2019.  

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