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01/23/2023

California’s Hazardous Materials Business Plan Changes in Effect as of January 1

Effective as of January 1, 2023, California amended its Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) program to more strictly limit the use of exemptions for "retail establishments" and "consumer products," among other changes.

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11/28/2022

Four Factors for Falls at Any Workplace

Every year, more than 200,000 workers experience a fall-related injury that causes them to miss one or more days of work. Address these four "fall factors" can significantly lower the risk of a reportable incident from a fall.

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05/16/2022

PHMSA Clarifies Criminal Enforcement Procedures

PHMSA published a Final Rule to clarify that hazardous materials and pipeline inspectors may report actual or possible criminal activity to the US DOT Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

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05/13/2022

Oil Field Explosion Injures Three Workers, $467K in Penalties Issued

OSHA issued citations to two energy companies following an explosion on November 4, 2021, at an oil drilling site near Grassy Butte, ND that left one worker permanently disabled and two severely injured. Workers were assembling a blasting cap on a perforating gun when the perforating gun detonated, releasing shrapnel and other debris.

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03/21/2022

DOT Increases Hazmat Civil Penalties for 2022

The maximum civil penalty for a typical violation of the US DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) increased more than $5,000, to $89,678 per day, per violation. 

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02/11/2022

Is It Recordable? Injured Driving to Work

In some circumstances, an injury sustained while an employee is traveling to or from work may be a recordable event for the purpose of OSHA recordkeeping compliance.  

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01/27/2022

OSHA Withdraws COVID-19 Vax-or-Test ETS

Update:  On January 26, 2022, OSHA withdrew its emergency temporary standard (ETS) that would have required employers with 100 or more employees to implement vaccination-or-testing requirements for employees.   

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01/27/2022

Lessons From 3 Real Hazmat Incident Reports

US DOT PHMSA processed more than 20,000 reports of transportation incidents involving hazardous materials last year. Each incident illustrates how small mistakes can result in shipping delays, packaging waste, lost product, injuries, and potential penalties for noncompliance with the HMR. 

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01/24/2022

Lessons From 3 Real Hazmat Incident Reports

These three incidents show how small mistakes can lead to shipping delays, packaging waste, lost product, injuries, and potential penalties for HMR violations. 

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01/14/2022

OSHA Penalties for Health and Safety Violations Increased

Effective January 14, 2022, OSHA has increased civil penalties for workplace health and safety violations to match inflation.

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