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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.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Safety News Briefs


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.


OSHA Reminds Inspectors To Ensure Exit Doors and Routes Comply With OSHA Standards

OSHA is reminding compliance officers to check for adequate means of egress at all workplaces. This follows the recent disastrous fire and explosion that killed at least 119 workers earlier this month, at a poultry processing plant in China.

A memorandum sent to the agency's regional administrators and state plan designees directs field inspectors, when conducting inspections, to be mindful of whether employers have provided and maintained adequate means of egress from work areas. This includes:
  • checking that an adequate number of exit routes are provided
  • that the exit routes are free and unobstructed
  • that exits and exit routes are marked
  • that exit doors are not locked
See OSHA's PDF Emergency Exit Routes Fact Sheet for more information on employers' responsibilities to ensure that their workers are able to exit the workplace quickly and safely.


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

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