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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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01/24/2022

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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01/12/2022

EPA Increases Penalties for Environmental Noncompliance

US EPA increased its maximum monetary civil penalties for violations of air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste programs on January 12, 2022.

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12/27/2021

DOJ Sounds Warning on Environmental Enforcement

"Only individuals can go to jail, and we have found that criminal corporate accountability starts with accountability for individuals responsible for criminal conduct." - US Department of Justice official.

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11/22/2021

Update: 2018 TSCA Mercury Reporting Rule Revised

On November 8, a revision to EPA's 2018 rule "Reporting Requirements for TSCA Mercury Inventory: Mercury" was published to the Federal Register and will go into effect on December 8.

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