Category: Fire Safety

OSHA Cites, Fines EV Battery Maker Again

After workers at a Commerce, Georgia, electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility suffered potentially permanent respiratory damage in a lithium battery fire, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited SK Battery America Inc. a second time in less than a year and seeks $77,200 in new penalties, the agency announced April 8. Following the fire, […]

Infographic: Emergency Action Plans

When it comes to workplace fire preparedness, OSHA vigorously enforces its exit routes and emergency planning standards (29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910 Subpart E). Subpart E also includes requirements for emergency action and fire prevention plans. Here’s what you need to know about emergency action plans. 

Back to Basics: Are You Ready for a Workplace Fire?

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine workplace fire preparedness. Have you considered what might happen if a fire broke out in your facility? On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory […]

CSB: Diesel, Hydrogen Released in Marathon Plant Fire

A metal tube ruptured within a reactor charge furnace during a unit start-up, releasing hot renewable diesel and hydrogen and resulting in a fire that seriously injured an employee at the Marathon Martinez Renewables facility in Martinez, California. The employee suffered third-degree burns to most of his face and body, the U.S. Chemical Safety and […]

Company Officials Sentenced to Federal Prison Over Deadly Facility Explosion

A Wisconsin federal judge has sentenced six Didion Milling Inc. officials for their role in a fatal explosion at a facility operated by the corn milling company in 2017. “These defendants put Didion workers in grave danger, and five people tragically lost their lives, devastating their families and their community,” said U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. […]

OSHA Releases Text of Emergency Response Proposal

On December 21, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released text of a proposed rule it plans to publish in January 2024 covering the health and safety of emergency response workers. The proposal would update the agency’s 43-year-old fire brigades rule. It would also update the existing fire brigades standard and expand safety and […]

CSB Releases Report on Fatal Dust Explosion, Fire

On December 6, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final report on the deadly explosions and fires at the Didion Milling, Inc., dry corn milling facility in Cambria, Wisconsin. The May 2017 explosion fatally injured five employees and seriously injured another 14. The incident destroyed the facility, resulting in over […]

Secretary Su Joins ASSP to Unveil Triangle Shirtwaist Memorial

Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su will join American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) President Jim Thornton and New York Governor Kathy Hochul on October 11 to dedicate a memorial in New York City to the 146 garment workers killed in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the ASSP announced September 27. The ASSP was […]

EHSDA Shorts: FR/AR Garment Labels

On this week’s episode of EHSDA Shorts, we hear from Derek Sang, Senior Technical Training Manager at Bulwark Protection, about how to find the information about FR/AR garments from their labels. Tune in to hear his insights.

Infographic: Smoke Hazard Protection

It is important that safety professionals understand particulate matter and wildfire smoke hazards, and how to keep workers safe when outdoor air quality decreases. Here’s what you need to know about protecting workers from smoke hazards.