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, February 24, 2014

Safety News Briefs - Employers Worry About MMJ Workers

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.

Foss Settles OSHA Citations

In November 2013 we reported on $115,000 in citations OSHA issued against a New Hampshire manufacturer for 21 safety violations. This week the Sea Coast Online reports that Foss and OSHA have reached a settlement agreement in which Foss will pay $63,300.

The article in the Sea Coast Online reports:

"Foss Manufacturing has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in which it has paid fines for and fixed 18 potentially life-threatening safety violations found at its Hampton warehouse. The textile manufacturer whose products are used in footwear, automobiles and medical devices was scrutinized by OSHA starting on April 24, 2012, in response to a worker's complaint."

Read more here.

Employers Worry About MMJ Workers

With two states legalizing marijuana, and other states legalizing medical marijuana, and the federal government not enforcing narcotics laws concerning marijuana, employers are struggling with how to deal with employees who are using marijuana. Arizona has gone a step further enacting laws that prohibit discrimination against medical marijuana holders. An article in Modern Times reports:

Employers may not discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, or other terms or conditions of employment based on the person’s status as a card holder; or based on a card holder’s positive drug test for marijuana unless the patient used, possessed or was impaired by marijuana at work or during working hours (with exceptions related to loss of federal funds, contracted labor, and certain high-demand or security-sensitive positions)."

How may employers respond to marijuana use? Read the article here.

Tesoro Bars Federal Safety Agency From Refinery

The Tesoro refinery near Martinez, California has barred Chemical Safety Board (CSB) inspectors from returning to the refinery.  The day after an accident in which two workers were burned by acid, CSB inspectors showed up at the refinery and were allowed access.  However, the refinery is not allowing them further access on the basis that the accident does not quality to be investigated by the CSB.

The two injured workers were treated and released at a nearby hospital.

Read the article in the Modesto Bee.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Part 1
Safety News Briefs - OSHA Increases Fine
Safety News Briefs - What To Expect From OSHA In 2014

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