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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Safety News Briefs: How Will Obama’s Re-Election Impact Occupational Safety and Health?

A weekly news feature summarizing safety related news.

We take a look at safety news from the past week.   The big news was last Tuesday's election. And that raises a question about what we might see from the government in the next four years that will have a significant impact on workplace safety.  What do you think?  Use the "comment" link at the bottom of this article to add your thoughts.

A short article in EHS Today magazine takes a look at the impact of last week's election on workplace safety. The article features comments from Aaron Trippler:

"According to Aaron Trippler, director of government affairs for the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Obama’s re-election is unlikely to result in any drastic changes in the occupational safety and health arena."

Read the article here. 

Safety News Alert also has an article with their take on what OSHA will be doing in President Obama's second term.  For example, OSHA is working to push up the average fine for a serious violation, as well as increase fines overall.  They predict he number of citations over $100,000, which OSHA calls “significant cases” will to increase.  In 2010 only 164 companies had significant cases, but in 2012 that jumped to 217.

Read the article here.

Funny Safety Photos?

The phrase "funny safety photos" generates a lot of results in Google searches. However, I'm not sure I'd call any of the photos that show up "funny." The reaction I have is, "How could someone do that? What were they thinking?"

After seeing pictures like this for years and years, I've compiled my collection of what I thought were the best "odd" safety photos. Some of you may have seen some of these before, but I'd guess that there are some you've never seen.  For example, did you know that pilots used to change engine spark plugs while the plane was flying?

Click here to see the "funny" safety photos 

The photo to the left was not included in the collection I put together, but I thought it was interesting. It shows Kenneth Hunter making repairs to his airplane engine while in the air on a continuous flight that lasted 23 days, 1 hour and 41 minutes.  Of course, there is no safety line, harness, or parachute

Oregon-OSHA Rule to establish new Employer Knowledge rule

The Associated General Contractors, Oregon-Columbia Chapter reports that OR-OSHA intends to create a new “employer knowledge” rule in Oregon.  The article states that OR-OSHA’s position is that an employer will be “strictly liable” for the bad acts of all supervisors, including “rogue supervisors.”

Read the announcement here.

Related Past Posts
How Will The Election Effect Safety?
OSHA Announces Alternative Whistleblower Dispute Resolution Policy
The Volks Decision - What Does It Mean?

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