A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news with links to the complete stories in other publications.
NJ High Court Rules ‘Willful’ OSHA Violation Doesn’t Overcome Worker’s Compensation Preemption
A willful violation of federal safety standards does not, on its own, overcome the worker’s compensation bar against civil suits, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in its June 26, 2012 decision in Van Dunk v. Reckson Assocs. Realty Corp.
Worker’s compensation is typically the exclusive remedy when an employee suffers an on-the-job injury. However, there is an exception to worker’s compensation preemption of civil suits when the employer commits an “intentional wrong.”
Read about this court decision on JDSupra
Office Air Quality: Sometimes Dust Is The Problem
The office workers, police officers, social workers and court employees Brian Sauvageau talks with have reached a breaking point.
They might come to work feeling OK, but soon develop chronic coughs and sneezing, scratchy throats, itchy eyes and even headaches. No one can find the mold they think is causing their symptoms. Unsympathetic colleagues say they feel just fine, so there can't be anything wrong.
Read the answer in the Hartford Courant
Are You In Compliance With NEC 110 Labeling Requirements?
NEC 110 requires that electric equipment and panels to be field labeled with the maximum available fault current. These are separate labels from arc flash labels. The labels must also include the date of the fault current calculation.
Learn about the NEC available fault current labeling requirements
The Fight – and Rhetoric – Heats Up in Quest for an OSHA Heat Stress Standard
OSHA has denied a petition from Public Citizen and others requesting the agency promulgate an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for a heat stress threshold and a subsequent permanent heat stress standard.
In a letter denying the petition Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels pointed to an educational campaign launched by OSHA this summer, saying, “On May 7, 2012, OSHA launched a nationwide heat stress education and outreach campaign
to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in the heat and steps needed to prevent heat related illnesses. The 2012 Heat Illness Prevention Campaign builds on last year's successful campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of working in extreme heat.”
Read the story in EHS Today Magazine
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