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, April 28, 2014

Safety News Briefs - Old School OSHA Inspections

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.

CSB Investigation Concludes That West Plant Explosion Was Preventable

The Houston Business Journal reports that the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has issued their report on the April 17th explosion in West, Texas. Following a year-long investigation, the report concludes that the explosion and deaths were preventable.  The article states:

"Federally, the CSB is calling for tighter regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration on handling ammonium nitrate, as well as clearer fire codes for how to handle chemical fires. Most of the 14 fatalities around the explosion were volunteer firefighters who did not have a clear understanding of how to handle the situation, investigators said."

The CSB report also includes recommendation for improved regulations at the state and local level.

Read the article here.

Employees Texting While Driving May Result In An OSHA Citation

JDSupra Business Advisor has an article reminding employers that they can be cited by OSHA under the Genberal Duty Claus, if their workers are texting while driving.

While there are no specific OSHA standards concerning texting while driving, OSHA has stated that they require employers to prohibit texting while driving. If employers require workers to text while driving, create incentives that encourage or condone texting while driving, or structure work so that texting is a practical necessity for workers to carry out their job, the employer will be cited.

The JDSupra article provides recommendations for employers. Read the article here.

Old School vs. the New Generation: Technology Transforms Safety

A former OSHA compliance officer describes what an OSHA ispection was like in the 1990's, before there were computers and digital cameras.

"I started my safety career working with OSHA as a compliance officer in the early 1990s and everything was manual!  We took pictures with black-and-white film and handwrote reports. I did not even know what a computer mouse was and I had never heard of email."

He then contrasts that "pre-technology" time with now, and describes how technology can be leveraged to improve workplace safety.

"How can safety professionals leverage the technology? Why not blend two universal injury-prevention strategies together – employee involvement and safety awareness?"

Find out more. Click here to read this article.

Pending OMB Review, OSHA Could Restart Effort to Update Chemical Exposure Limits

This report comes from Bloomberg BNA, which is reporting:

"In an apparent effort to kickstart agency action on updating permissible exposure limits for hundreds of chemicals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration asked the White House April 15 to approve a request to gather information on ways to address chemical exposure."

OSHA's  exposure limits for many chemicals do not reflect current science and the exposure limits determined by NIOSH, as well as industry groups. However, the process for updating OSHA exposure limits is so cumbersome and expensive that OSHA has not been able to update the exposure limits in OSHA standards. Click here to read the Bloomberg BNA article and learn more about what OSHA is doing.

Warehouse Ergonomics: Tips And Techniques To Decrease Injury Risk

Warehouse work involves lifting, carrying, reaching, bending... a lot of movement. That makes ergonomocs important. This can result in a lot of strains and other types of injuries. An article in OHS Today reports that:

"These injuries most often affected the back, upper extremities and knees, and most likely were caused by exposure to material handling or other ergonomic-related risk factors including high applied force, awkward postures, short cycle times or long work durations without adequate breaks."

The articles goes on to discuss "...some common ergonomic principles that can be applied in warehouses in order to identify risk factors and develop ways to reduce musculoskeletal injury risk."

Read the article here.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - OSHA Jail
Arizona vs. OSHA - The Story Continues
Are Southern Auto Parts Manufacturers Being Targeted?

Labels: , ,

posted by Steve Hudgik
View This Post - (0 Comments)


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home