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, September 02, 2013

Safety New Briefs - Seven Strategies for a Safer Workplace

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.

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Chemical Safety Board vs EPA - Federal Agencies At Odds

The Chemical Safety Board and the EPA are at odds over the Chevron refinery investigation.  The Claims Journal reports that:

"The federal government is fighting with itself over a massive fire at a Chevron refinery in California that sent 15,000 people to hospitals with respiratory ailments. The 7-month-old document dispute has become so contentious that the safety board went to court in an effort to quash grand jury subpoenas that federal prosecutors issued on behalf of the EPA."

Read the Claims Journal story.

While we are on the subject of the California Chevron fire, the new California Interagency Refinery Task Force will be holding its first meeting. What's interesting is that although the new agency is tasked with improving safety in the oil industry, but there is only one safety agency that is a member of this task force. The focus appears to be on environmental protection agencies.

Read the story on ABC news.

Employers Still Do Not Understand OSHA's Incentives Stance

OSHA is not clearly communicating its position on what is acceptable and what is not acceptable as a safety incentive. For example, is it acceptable to let employees know the number of injury free hours that have been worked?

Occupational Health and Safety magazine reports on OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels answering questions at the Labor/Management Open Forum on August 26th.  Many of the questions concerned OSHA's stance on using incentive programs to encourage improved safety. There is significant confusion among employers concerning what is and what is not acceptable.

Read the article here.

Is Sand Used For Fracking Really A Hazard?

Last week we reported on the new OSHA standard on exposure to silica.  Questions are being raised about the need for new silica regulations and whether this new silica regulation is just a backdoor way to shut down oil and gas fracking.  An article in Daily Finance states:

"While the Obama administration estimates 700 lives a year can be saved by putting new rules in place, industry representatives say the current regulations already adequately protect workers because they reduce or completely eliminate the risk of breathing in the fine particulates. Moreover, the cost of the new regs would be huge. The new rules also apply to industries outside oil and gas, and the metal-casting industry alone says they will cost about $1.5 billion annually to implement."

Read the Daily Finance article here.

Read the construction industry's concerns in RealEstateRama.

Seven Strategies for a Safer Workplace

Speaking at the 2013 VPPPA conference, Randy Royall didn't mince words when speaking about his 1987 workplace accident, and giving advice to today's workers. He uses the acronym IMPACTS as a way to remember seven strategies for a safer workplace.

Learn about IMPACTS in the article in EHS Today, click here.

Scrutiny Rises With Increase in Oil Shipping By Rail

I was in the Bakkan region (North Dakota) last week. One of the biggest problems is getting all the oil and gas out of North Dakota and to refineries. There is a shortage of pipeline capacity and a huge amount of oil is shipped by rail. (Excess gas is flared off.)  But, this raises safety issues and is attracting the attention of Federal regulators. An article in Delaware Online discusses the current situation.

Read the article online.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Problems With OSHA?
Safety News Briefs - OSHA Issues Citation Without Inspection
Safety News Briefs - Accident Rates Vary By State

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