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06/07/2021

Is It Recordable? COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

Newly updated OSHA guidance clarifies whether or not an employee's reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is considered a recordable illness per 29 CFR 1904.

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05/28/2021

CSB Provides 5 Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Recommendations

In its final report on a fatal hydrogen sulfide release in Odessa, Texas, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) provides five recommendations that could have helped prevent a tragic loss of life.

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05/24/2021

What is a HAZWOPER Hazardous Substance?

To know if you and your employees are subject to OSHA's HAZWOPER training and safety standards, you first need to know how exactly those regulations defines the term "hazardous substance."  

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05/21/2021

Vermont Bans PFAS from Food Packaging and More

On May 18, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation into law that would effectively prohibit the sale of certain products containing PFAS. The legislation will ban these “Forever Chemicals” from food packaging, ski wax, firefighting foams, carpets, rugs, and aftermarket stain and water-resistant treatments.

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05/17/2021

Train Hauling Hazmat Derails, Residents Evacuated

On Sunday afternoon, May 16, 2021, forty-seven railcars derailed and several exploded into flames near the town of Sibley, Iowa.

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05/10/2021

Illinois Warehouse Cited for $12K After Workplace COVID-19 Exposures & 1 Death

OSHA issued a $12,288 safety citation to a warehousing and distribution company in Naperville, IL for alleged safety violations related to a company meeting that led to 23 workers contracting COVID-19, including one who died.

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04/28/2021

OSHA Submits Emergency COVID-19 Rule For Approval

OSHA delivered its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval this week. If approved, the Final Rule may appear in the Federal Register within weeks.  

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04/26/2021

Oregon OSHA Issues $35K COVID-19 Safety Citation to Hardware Retail Chain

Two affiliated hardware stores in Oregon were fined a combined $35,600 for failing to adequately protect workers from exposure to COVID-19, according to the State Occupational Safety and Health Agency (Oregon OSHA).

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04/20/2021

What is Hazmat Safety Training and Who Needs It?

US DOT and OSHA both require training for employees who handle hazardous chemicals. Does this mean that employers must train each worker twice–once to satisfy DOT's safety training rule and once to satisfy OSHA's? No, it doesn't. 

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04/15/2021

CSB Issues Update on Ohio Paint Factory Explosion That Killed One

According to CSB, the facility was conducting its alkyd resin manufacturing process during the early morning hours of April 8 when an accidental release occurred at about 12:02 am.

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