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, July 22, 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.

Five Misconceptions about Electrical Safety

This is not one of those articles that just provides a quick brush with five topics. The author, James White, writes about his actual experience.  For example, he tells about cutting the neutral wire in a lighting system:

"I became a pretty good conductor. The muscle spasms hurled me through three panels of the drop ceiling, and I landed on top of a secretary’s desk. Stunned — either from receiving the shock or having the wind knocked out of me (I don’t remember). I was written up later — not for an unsafe act, but for impeding the secretary from performing her job. When the plant manager asked if I had learned anything, I told him, 'Yes, I need to get off the desk quicker.' He seemed satisfied with that answer."

Read the article in Electrical Construction and Maintenance

Chevron refinery fire. Frank Schulenburg Photo
California Panel Recommends New Government Task Force Be Created To Oversee Refinery Safety

The Oakland Tribune reports that the Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety, a panel formed by Gov. Jerry Brown in response to the Aug. 6 fire, has recommended that a new state organization, within the California Environmental Protection Agency, be created. The new organization would be called the Interagency Refinery Task Force." It's purpose would be to to regulate refinery operations and ensure all government agencies have access to the same information, and share that information among themselves.

Read the story in the Oakland Tribune

Expert Identifies Ten Noncompliance Issues

A auto dealership expert has identified ten safety issues that he says are drawing OSHA citations for auto dealers.  The article in Safety BLR states:

"Auto expert Terry Dortch has identified 10 compliance pitfalls that are getting auto dealerships in trouble with OSHA. The list includes issues familiar to service, retail, wholesale, and warehouse businesses as well."

Read the article here.

Penalties For PG&E San Bruno National Gas Pipe Explosion Get Tougher

An earlier proposed penalty has been replaced with a tougher penalty by a revamped California  regulatory body. The California Public Utility Commission (PUC) was reorganized follow their initial proposal penalty was judged to be too light. The new recommended penalty includes a $300 million fine that will go to the state's general fund. This is part of an overall $2.25 billion penalty.

Read the story in The Reporter

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Objections To OSHA's New Walkaround Policy
Safety News Briefs - Possible VPP Changes
Health Hazards of Green Buildings


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