Tag: inspection

The Pitfalls of Reporting Severe Injuries to OSHA

How did you fare in your first year of reporting under the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) new severe injury reporting rule? According to a report recently released by OSHA, over 10,000 severe injuries were reported. Today we will review the key findings in the report and talk a bit about pitfalls in conducting […]

Workers Exposed to Chemicals, Employers Exposed to Fines: Three Recent Cases (Cont.)

When you think about chemical safety and compliance, the first standard that comes to mind might be the hazard communication standard. However, there are a lot of standards that apply to hazardous chemical safety. Yesterday, we looked at two employers that failed to comply with Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, personal protective equipment, and […]

EPA Releases Proposed Changes to the Cost of RMP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its proposed amendments to the Chemical Accidental Release Prevention Program, aka the Risk Management Program. Concurrently, the Agency also released a Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA). Yesterday we reviewed EPA’s estimated costs for changes concerning third-party audits, root cost analyses, and safer technology and alternative analyses. Today we […]

OSHA Increases Fines for Failing to Report

Anticipating a large increase in severe injury reports (fatality, inpatient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye), OSHA issued an internal enforcement memorandum on December 24, 2014, to help the field offices manage these reports. It provides new procedures on when to launch an inspection. Recently, OSHA revised its Interim Enforcement Procedures for New Reporting […]

O&G Employers Encouraged to ‘Step Up for Safety’ to Prevent Struck-By and Fire Deaths

In an effort reminiscent of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) very successful “Safety Stand-Down” program to prevent falls in construction, the agency has launched a program to protect workers in the oil and gas (O&G) industry. It’s called “Step Up for Safety,” and OSHA and its partners are encouraging employers to conduct “Step […]

The Pitfalls of Noncompliance

Following safety regulations isn’t just the right thing to do—it keeps employers on the right side of OSHA enforcement and saves money by avoiding fines, legal fees, and more. Keep reading to learn about six companies that ran afoul of OSHA regulations and paid the price.

How E-Enterprise Figures in EPA’s 2017 Budget, Cont.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is modernizing its approach to environmental compliance and efficiency through a project called “E-Enterprise for the Environment.” Yesterday we reviewed EPA’s plans for E-Enterprise as outlined in the Agency’s 2017 budget pertaining to air quality, water quality, and inspections. Today we will look at EPA’s budgetary plans for compliance […]