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10/26/2020

PHMSA, OSHA Prepare for GHS HazCom Summit

OSHA and PHMSA will hold a virtual public meeting on 11/19 to prepare to the next session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS).

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10/26/2020

The Future of GHS HazCom in the US

The GHS rules that OSHA adopted in 2012 are outdated now. GHS has undergone several revisions since then and OSHA must update its HazCom regulations in 29 CFR 1910.1200 again soon to keep pace. 

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10/08/2020

Temporary Guidance on Tight-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirators

On October 2, OSHA issued temporary guidance on the use of tight-fitting powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) during the COVID-19 global health emergency.

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10/07/2020

California to Regulate 24 Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

On September 30, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the nation’s first ban on two dozen toxic ingredients for cosmetics and personal care products being sold in the Golden State.

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09/28/2020

Cal/OSHA Issues 11 Citations for COVID-19 Workplace Safety Violations

Earlier this month, Cal/OSHA issued another round of citations to employers in the Golden State who allegedly failed to meet State standards to protect their workers from hazards related to coronavirus.

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09/22/2020

Is HAZWOPER Refresher Training Always 8 Hours?

Is 8 hours the only acceptable length for a HAZWOPER refresher training? We dive in to OSHA's regulations to dispel this common misconception and give you some clarity about what's required for emergency responders, site cleanup personnel, and TSDF employees under the HAZWOPER Standard in 29 CFR 1910.120.

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09/18/2020

Three Recent COVID-19 Safety Enforcement Actions by OSHA & Cal/OSHA

OSHA recently announced enforcement actions against two meat packing facilities related to COVID-19 workplace safety. Cal/OSHA also announced citations against a frozen food manufacturer in the Golden State for COVID-19 workplace safety violations.

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09/11/2020

Auto-parts Manufacturer Pays $1.5M After Lockout/Tagout Accidental Death

An auto-parts manufacturer has agreed to a $1.5 million settlement to resolve allegations that the company allowed workers to ignore OSHA safety standards, resulting in the death of one of its employees.

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08/31/2020

NJ Chemical Leak Results in Two Injuries and a Shelter-in-Place Order

Approximately 200 gallons of titanium tetrachloride were accidentally released at a plastics refining facility in Edison, NJ. Town officials issued an emergency shelter-in-place order and two individuals at a nearby business reported respiratory complications.

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08/25/2020

Amid COVID-19 Whistleblower Complaints, OIG Makes OSHA Recommendations

The US Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General  has concluded that OSHA must improve its Whisteblower Protection Program  after an audit report revealed the agency failed to respond to complaints in a timely manner.

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