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12/01/2015

OSHA Answers Form 300 Questions

Retail isn't the only business that's overwhelmed with work around the holidays. As customers flock to retail stores for holiday shopping sprees, industry facilities in agriculture, mining, construction, heavy manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and more are busy completing their end-of-year paperwork. Among the end-of-year administrative requirements for many businesses is the OSHA 300 Log...

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11/09/2015

Fainting at the Sight of Blood—Is It Recordable?

OSHA issued two new letters of interpretation recently that clarify certain elements of the workplace injury and illness reporting and recordkeeping requirements...

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10/13/2015

EPA National Compliance Enforcement Initiatives

Every three years, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required by law to set National Enforcement Initiatives (NEIs). These NEIs drive EPA's environmental compliance inspection and enforcement actions. NEIs are sometimes court-mandated, but more often result from input from State and tribal governments, EPA regional offices, environmental associations, environmental advocacy and justice groups, and the general public...

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10/07/2015

Top 10 Most Frequent OSHA Violations in 2015

At the recent National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in Atlanta, OSHA released its list of the Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations. See the list below. We’ve indicated each OSHA standard’s spot on last year’s Top 10 violations list after each entry. As you will see, the list did not change much...

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09/01/2015

Know Your Safety Agency: The CSB

The US Chemical and Hazard Investigation Board, or CSB, made headlines this year when its chairman resigned amid controversy. President Obama appointed, and the US Senate confirmed, a new chairperson in March. As the new Chair-former Chief Counsel for PHMSA, Vanessa Sutherland-begins her term, the time is right to ask: What exactly is the CSB, and what does it do?

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07/09/2015

EPA Memo Shows How Regulators Evaluate Ability-to-Pay Claims

A memo released late last month by the US EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement (OCE) provides insight into the steps EPA officials follow when determining the amount of a civil penalty for environmental violations...

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06/30/2015

The 4 Approaches to Inherently Safer Technology

In response to recent industrial accidents, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is encouraging OSHA to modernize its Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations for industry. As part of this effort, which CSB has named one of its "most wanted safety improvements," the Board recommends the use of inherently safer technologies in hazardous process design and operation...

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04/07/2015

Using and Inspecting Ladders at Work

During workplace inspections last year, Fall Protection noncompliance was the single most common OSHA violation, according to the annual Top Ten List of Violations. Falls from elevated work areas are a major contributor to workplace injuries and fatalities, and the leading cause of death in the construction industry...

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11/04/2014

Winter Weather Workplace Hazards

As winter approaches, employers should be ready to protect workers from "cold stress," the primary environmental hazard workers face in colder months. "Cold stress" can result in frostbite, hypothermia, and trench foot, all of which are all caused by uncontrolled reductions in body temperature...

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10/14/2014

EPA Guidance on Oil Spills and SPCC Inspections

To ensure its Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) guidelines are enforced consistently nationwide, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised its SPCC guidance document for regional inspectors in August 2013. While the guidance document, titled...

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