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04/15/2021

OSHA Proposes GHS HazCom Update for 2021

Update 4/15/21: OSHA has extended the comment period by 30 days for the proposed HazCom Standard update. Members of the public are encouraged to submit their comments by May 19, 2021.

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04/13/2021

Maine Autobody Plant Faces $400K in OSHA Citations

An autobody manufacturing facility in Waterville, ME has been issued citations from US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA noted two willful and 10 serious alleged violations of Fall Protection and Noise Safety Standards, totaling $393,992 in proposed fines.

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04/12/2021

Why Some Excluded RCRA Wastes Need HazCom Labels

Hazardous wastes covered under RCRA are excluded from OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). But what about wastes that are excluded from RCRA?

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04/09/2021

COVID-19 Rule Update: OSHA Gathers New Data, Postpones New Standard

OSHA announced plans to delay its new COVID-19 workplace safety standard while it gathers updated information on SARS-CoV-2. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh made the request for up-to-date “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis and the latest information regarding the state of vaccinations and the variants."

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04/05/2021

US Vaccination Push Brings Waste Management Challenges

With 15% of the US population now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and around 500 million individual doses still to be delivered, the United States will produce a lot more vaccine-related waste in the next six months.   

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03/08/2021

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2020

OSHA unveiled its preliminary list of the top 10 most-cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2020 during a National Safety Council (NSC) webinar last month. OSHA’s release of the top 10 list has become a staple of NSC events, normally coinciding with the annual Safety Congress & Expo.

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03/01/2021

Does Your State Regulate PCBs as Hazardous Waste?

The RCRA statutory definition of “hazardous waste” specifically excludes polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Why is that, and how should these wastes be managed and disposed of? The answer may depend on what state you're in. 

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02/25/2021

Will OSHA Target Your Site for Inspection in 2021?

OSHA recently revised its Site-specific Targeting (SST) program to establish a new category of employers who may be targeted for safety inspections this year. The new directive replaces SST-16 to target facilities based on employer-reported data from 2017 to 2019.

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02/25/2021

Half of Covered Employers Don't Submit Injury and Illness Reports

A report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that fewer than half of covered establishments submitted their required annual summary of injury and illness data in 2019.  

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02/16/2021

Fatal Accident Results in $400K Penalty for Texas Rail Servicer

On February 10, OSHA issued a $419,347 citation to a Texas-based rail car servicing and maintenance provider after a confined space accident resulted in the death of two employees.

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