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, August 26, 2013

Safety News Briefs - Glaring Problems With OSHA's SVEP

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: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Glaring Problems With OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) Reported

A review of the first 18 months of OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program by attorneys at Epstein Becker & Green P.C., finds that there are several “glaring problems with how the SVEP is being administered.

An article in SafetyBLR reports that the SVEP:
  • Disproportionately targets small employers with enforcement rather than compliance assistance;
  • Provokes more than four times as many legal challenges compared to the average OSHA enforcement action;
  • Encounters significant obstacles in the execution of follow-up inspections of SVEP employers; and
  • Is not capturing the recalcitrant employers that are its target.
Use this link to read the complete story.

MillerCoors Questions OSHA's LOTO Requirements

As reported in Packaging World magazine, MillerCoors is questioning the need for using LOTO on packaging machines when the carton size is being changed.  They are purchasing packaging equipment from Europe where IEC 13849 standard is followed. It allows for supplemental protection during package size changeover and does not require lockout-tagout.

MillerCoors' position is that OSHA's LOTO standard is outdated and that modern equipment includes safeguards that make LOTO unnecessary when changing carton size.

Read the story here.

Does OSHA Do Enough To Protect Worker's Health?

A New York Times article examines OSHA's approach to workplace health vs. workplace safety.  What they found is that OSHA rates health hazards as a lower priority than safety threats. The result is workers being harmed by health hazards that are ignored.

The article points out that, "OSHA’s performance is often measured by lawmakers, advocacy groups and the news media based on how many inspections it does in a year; an inspector can do five times as many safety inspections in the time it typically takes to do one focused on health, where the issues may be less clear-cut. And the agency tends to face less public pressure about health enforcement, because the harm done by these sorts of hazards typically does not show up for years."

Read the article here.

Opposition To OSHA's Change In Plans For The On-Site Consultation Program

Body Shop Business is reporting that:

"The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced its opposition for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) decision to withdraw a proposed rule to amend its regulations for the federally funded On-site Consultation Program. OSHA is withdrawing this rule based on concerns that the proposed changes would discourage employers from participating in the program"

Read the article here.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - OSHA Issues Citation Without Inspection
Safety News Briefs - Accident Rates Vary By State
Safety News Briefs - Five Safety Questions Your CEO Needs To Ask

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