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OSHA Proposes Indoor, Outdoor Heat Standard

On July 2, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released text of a proposed heat injury and illness prevention standard. The proposed regulation would contain requirements for water, shade, paid breaks, heat acclimatization, and training. Heat injury and illness prevention requirements would be triggered by a National Weather Service heat index of 80° Fahrenheit […]

Chemical Manufacturer Threatens Permanent Closure in Response to EPA Mandate

In United States of America v. Denka Performance Elastomer LLC and DuPont Specialty Products USA LLC, Denka recently told a federal appeals court that it will have to permanently close its Louisiana facility if it’s forced to comply with an EPA mandate to reduce emissions within 90 days. Background Denka operates a chemical manufacturing plant […]

NSC: Emerging Technologies May Mitigate Fatal Injury Hazards

A worker dies every 96 minutes in the United States, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), but the increased use of emerging technologies like risk management software, proximity sensors, and drones may help mitigate those risks. The NSC’s Work to Zero initiative announced on June 27 the release of a new report, “Safety Technology […]

Measure What Matters: Using KPIs in Your Safety Program

Introduction In high-risk industries, maintaining a robust safety program is paramount. At KPA, we understand the critical role that Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) play in enhancing safety and compliance. KPIs are not just numbers; they are powerful tools that help organizations measure, manage, and improve their safety performance. I’d like to share some insights I’ve […]

Back to Basics: Highway Work Zone Safety

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine how to maintain safety in a highway construction work zone. Highway and street construction workers face the risk of fatal and serious injury while on jobsites from passing motor vehicles, the movement of […]

EHSDA Song of the Week: Too Hot

The weather around the U.S. has been heating up in recent weeks, which means hotter working conditions. On June 20, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved an indoor heat standard to protect indoor workers from heat illness. Appropriately, the Song of the Week is Kool & the Gang’s smooth 1979 R&B hit “Too Hot.” […]

Georgia Contractor Cited in Fatal Fall

Johns Creek, Georgia, contractor NOR-D LLC faces a $61,065 OSHA fine after a 54-year-old laborer on a five-man crew removing tar and stone from metal roof panels of a Macon warehouse stepped on a skylight and fell about 19 ft, the agency announced June 25. Investigators determined that an employee stepped on the skylight after […]

OSHA Cites Tennessee Contractor in Fatal New York Fall

A.W. Stiles Contractors Inc., a McMinnville, Tennessee, contractor, faces $83,885 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines following a fatal fall at a Smyrna, New York, jobsite, the agency announced June 25. OSHA inspectors found that A.W. Stiles failed to provide the worker who was fatally injured and three others with effective fall protection, exposing […]

Chemical Safety Board Issues Report on Fatal Refinery Fire

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a final report on a fatal 2022 naphtha release and fire at the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery in Oregon, Ohio, the board announced June 24. The chemical release and fire led to the deaths of two BP employees, who were brothers. During an emergency at the […]

NSC Releases Report on DEI, MSD Connection

The National Safety Council (NSC) on June 10 announced the release of a report examining data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau showing that workers of color face more work-related injuries and illnesses, as well as contributing factors. The NSC report, The Intersection of DEI and MSDs: Ensuring Equitable […]