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 23, 2015

Keeping Telecommute Workers Safe, Exxon blast, more

Free Webinar Features Q&A with NIOSH Director

NIOSH Director John Howard is scheduled to take questions from stakeholders during a free webinar, sponsored by the National Safety Council, on Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. Eastern time.  >> Find out more

Why Workplace Accidents tend to Happen Late in a Project

In everything from small home-improvement tasks to public infrastructure megaprojects, injuries and deaths tend to happen late in the job, when confidence runs high and tolerance for delays dips especially low. This springs from a phenomenon known as normalization, which often allows people to accept looser standards in the name of greater speed.  >> Find out more

Keeping Telecommute Workers Safe

In all our concerns for keeping our employees safe, we may’ve forgotten the telecommuting crowd. “Out of sight, out of mind” perhaps, but home workers can still file workers’ comp, and the company is still responsible for their safety.

In 2010, an interior decorator who was working from home was injured when she tripped over her dog while walking to her garage to look at fabric samples. The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board denied her claim, but the ruling was reversed by the state’s Court of Appeals, which argued that her injury occurred during the course of her employment.

So if you have telecommutes, find out ways to help keep them safe, including a downloadable telework agreement.

Union Cries Foul after Exxon Refinery blast

A blast at the 750-acre refinery in Torrance, California shook nearby buildings and left at least four people with minor injuries. Most of the damage was contained to the site of what was described as a small fire.  >> Watch this breaking news video

EPA Upholds Penalty for Hazardous Waste Violations

The EAB ordered Chem-Solv to pay $612,339 for hazard waste storage violations.

The Virginia chemical distribution facility appealed the original determination that they had impermissibly operated a hazardous waste storage tank regulated under RCRA, and more. Chem-Solv claimed that the EPA Chief Administrative Law Judge demonstrated bias against the company in the underlying decision. They lost the appeal and were ordered to pay the fines within 30 days.  >> Hear the full story

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