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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, March 31, 2014

Safety New Briefs - OSHA Wants To Inspect Smallest Businesses

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.

OSHA Budget Signals Intention To Inspect The Smallest Businesses

Employers with fewer than ten employees, in industries with lower than average injury and illness rates, are exempt from OSHA inspections. However, language in the FY 2015 OSHA budget is indicating that OSHA intends to start inspecting those employers.

As reported in Safety News Alert. In their article they report that: "OSHA says it wants to be able to inspect smaller employers covered by OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard or EPA’s Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions – facilities that have the potential for catastrophic incidents."

Read the article here.

SEIU Uses OSHA Inspections to Target Small Business

The National Review Online is reporting that one of the tactics being used by the SEIU to target a non-union employer in Houston is to have union representatives accompany OSHA inspectors when they inspect that employer's work sites.

The article reports that:

"Union organizers are showing up at Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections of an open-shop business that has been targeted by the country’s second-largest union. On three recent occasions, SEIU representatives accompanied federal safety inspectors to examine PJS cleaning sites, says Evelyn Meza, the human-resources manager for PJS. The inspections resulted in fines."

Read the article here.

FMCSA Shuts Down Several Transportation Companies

Occupational Health and Safety magazine reports that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has shut down two transportation companies and two trucking companies as the result of safety issues.  The article reports that:

"The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has shut down several bus and trucking companies in Georgia, South Carolina, Iowa, and Massachusetts based on findings that they posed an imminent hazard to public safety. The agency called for an immediate shutdown of the companies for 'disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their companies' own drivers, passengers, and the public at risk.'"

Read the article here.

OSHA Seeking Nominations For National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

OSHA has announced that nominations are being accepted for members to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

NACOSH was established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to advise the secretaries of labor and health and human services on occupational safety and health programs and policies.

OSHA plans to fill all 12 committee positions, which consist of  four public representatives and two representatives each for labor, management, and professionals in occupational safety and health.

The health and human services secretary will designate four of the representatives for appointment by the secretary of labor: two public, one occupational health professional, and one occupational safety professional. To create staggered terms, the secretary of labor will appoint six members to serve a two-year term, and the other six members to serve a three-year term. In the future, all members will go back to serving two-year terms.

Nominations may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal, mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. Nominations must be submitted by May 27, 2014.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Focus On OSHA General Duty Clause
Safety News Briefs - Bad Choices Lead To Workplace Accidents
Safety News Briefs - Maine Opposes OSHA Plan For Online Safety Data

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