Federal Panel Vacates Postal Service Heat Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission recently vacated four Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for letter carriers in Benton, Arkansas; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; and Martinsburg, West Virginia, exposed to excessive heat. The commissioners concluded that OSHA failed to identify economically and technically feasible prevention […]

Back to Basics: Hazardous Air Pollution

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine hazardous air pollution and the EPA’s strategies for dealing with climate change. Following the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, that happened in early February, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has […]

6 Elements of Contractor Safety Management

If your organization uses an external workforce to complete work on your job site, you know firsthand how many little intricacies you must account for in creating a safe work environment. As a safety professional, you are well aware of the time and resources it takes to create an effective safety and compliance program that […]

EHSDA Song of the Week: Flamethrower

Although popular music tends to celebrate the unusual, there are plenty of songs that pay tribute to hard working folks as well. This EHSDA Song of the Week comes courtesy of the J. Geils Band, who were at the peak of their party-rockin’ power in 1982 when “Flamethrower” was released on the Freeze-Frame album. Written […]

What We Learned From… EHS NOW: Safety Culture

EHS Daily Advisor held the EHS NOW online summit this week with two days of webinars focused on how to build an effective safety culture. Here is a rundown of everything covered during EHS NOW, including key takeaways. If you were unable to attend the live webinars, you can still watch them on-demand at the […]

Faces of EHS: Amanda Engstrom on Equity and Representation

Amanda Engstrom would compare their career to a choose-your-own-adventure novel. Following graduation from college with a degree in Environmental Studies and one year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA, they initially focused on environmental site assessments and industrial hygiene (IH) services at an environmental and construction consultation company. Working as a consultant allowed them to […]

Georgia Manufacturer Faces $423K OSHA Fine

A LaFayette, Georgia, insulation manufacturer faces Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines totaling $423,432 after a line operator suffered severe head trauma after being caught in a machine’s roller, the agency announced March 6. OSHA cited Bonded Logic Inc. for 2 willful, 2 repeat, and 10 serious violations. Agency inspectors found the employer willfully […]

OIG Oversight Plan for Top Management Challenges

The EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued its Fiscal Year 2023 Oversight Plan, which details the projects the OIG intends to conduct through September 2023 and identifies top management challenges faced by both the EPA and the OIG. “Oversight is at the core of the EPA OIG’s mission,” said Inspector General Sean O’Donnell […]

Back to Basics: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the importance of having a diverse safety culture. There are many factors beyond basic safety compliance that go into building a strong safety culture. One of […]

El Paso Employer Facing $292K OSHA Fine for Corrosives Exposures

An El Paso, Texas, jewelry metal-plating finisher faces Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines totaling $292,693 for failing to protect employees working with dangerous acids and other chemicals from potentially permanent eye injuries, the agency announced February 28. The agency cited Arizona Traders Co., doing business as Siltec, Inc., with 12 serious workplace safety […]