DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Safety News Briefs - New VPP Policy

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have any safety news tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Sea World Fined As Repeat Offender For Not Complying With OSHA

Click Orlando is reporting that OSHA has fined Sea World for not complying with their previous order concerning handlers working with killer whales.

The article states: "The fine, which was issued Friday, comes amid a three-year fight between OSHA and SeaWorld after trainer Dawn Brancheau was drowned in Orlando by a killer whale in 2010."

"In April, attorneys representing OSHA said in court that SeaWorld's attempts to keep killer whale trainers safe is still not adequate. SeaWorld insisted, however, that the company was in compliance with OSHA's mandate that trainers remain behind barriers or stay a safe distance away from killer whales during the park's famous Shamu show."

Earlier blog postings about Sea World and OSHA were made on:

December 24, 2012
June 01, 2012

Read the Click Orlando Article here.

Workplaces May Lose VPP Status

OSHA has issued a directive concerning VPP sites where a fatality occurs.  The directive lays out the steps for terminating the site's participation in VPP. It states that:

"Termination: When a fatality is deemed work-related, or when a site is placed in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program, or when a willful violation(s) is issued to the VPP/MWF participant regardless of the genesis of the enforcement inspection, the Region will issue a "Notice of Intent to Terminate" within 10 days of the completion of the enforcement inspection."

An article in BNA Blooberg describes the steps OSHA will follow. 

Related past posts:
Health Hazards of Green Buildings
Safety News Briefs - Union Reports OSHA's Resources Lacking

Safety News Briefs - OSHA's Severe Violator Enforecement 

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