Blog Author Steve Hudgik
Monday, July 29, 2013
Safety News Briefs - Chemical Safety Board May Tell Off OSHA
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 safety news, or safety tips, send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep an Eye on OSHA’s "Recordkeeping Modernization Proposal"
OSHA is looking to automate reporting so that data can be compiled and analyzed in a more timely manner. The article states:
"OSHA has announced that it would like to improve the methodology it
uses for collecting data. The concern, according to OSHA, is that takes too long—sometimes
years–to compile and analyze the information obtained by both the ODI
and BLS. And when it finally is put together, the data may prove
too vague to be useful for enforcement and planning purposes."
This article alerts employers to the need to have a good recording keeping system in place before OSHA implements their new systems.
Read the article here
Audit Finds OSHA, and State Plans, Did Not Use Almost Half Of Allocated Recovery Act Funds
An article in Bloomberg BNA reports:
"An audit report on how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration handled the $13.6 million it was budgeted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 found that while OSHA met its promise to increase inspections, $6.4 million was never spent."
"Of the 27 states
and territories with worker safety programs, only seven accepted
Recovery Act funding from OSHA: California, $765,070; Michigan,
$100,000; Minnesota, $166,945; New Jersey, $32,495; New Mexico, $50,000;
Oregon, $185,979; and Tennessee, $300,000. New Jersey and Tennessee
later returned most of the allocations."
Read the article here.
Chemical Safety Board May Tell Off OSHA and Obama Administration
A blog post in the Houston Press points out that there could be trouble brewing resulting from the investigation of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX. The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is expressing concerns about lack of inspections in the past, and problems with the investigation of the explosion. The article reports that:
"Over the past decade, CSB investigators have advised numerous changes be
made to strengthen OSHA and other regulatory agencies with power over
the massive U.S. chemical industry, but none of the recommendations were
ever put in place. As the cleanup continues,
the CSB is getting ready to hold their annual meeting, and the agency
is considering issuing a rebuke on the failure of OSHA in particular,
and the Obama administration in general, to make changes that could have
averted this and other disasters, or to do anything to make sure it
doesn't happen again."
Read the article here
Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Misconceptions About Electrical Safety
Safety News Briefs - Objections To OSHA's New Walkaround Policy
Safety News Briefs - Possible VPP Changes
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