Tag: OSHA

OSHA Ranks Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations of FY 2021

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2021. Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the list virtually during the 2021 NSC Safety Congress & Expo, a tradeshow held live in Orlando, Fla., and virtually Oct. […]

OSHA Cites Paint Manufacturer, Seeks $709k Penalty

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited an Ohio paint and resins manufacturer with two willful and 33 serious safety violations in connection with a fatal April 8 fire and explosion at Yenkin-Majestic Paint and OPC Polymers Corporation in Columbus. The agency proposed penalties totaling $709,960 and placed Yenkin-Majestic in its Severe Violator Enforcement […]

Ask the Expert: Alternative Control Under Lockout/Tagout

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking what is considered alternative control under the lockout/tagout standard. See what the experts had to say. Q: What is considered alternative control under the lockout/tagout […]

Tootsie Roll Facing $136k OSHA Fine in Amputation Case

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Tootsie Roll Industries LLC for a willful violation of the machine guarding standard after a 48-year-old worker suffered a partial finger amputation after the employer allowed bypassed safety locks on a machine’s access doors that enabled a bag sealer to close on the employee’s finger. The agency […]

Vax Mandate, Not Lax Mandate: Security Considerations for Vaccine Mandate Compliance

Despite rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations driven by the delta variant, executive leaders are pushing toward a post-pandemic return-to-work model that puts employees in the office at least two days a week. HR and IT/security professionals have been feeling squeezed between a rock and a hard place trying to meet workforce health, safety, technology, data […]

CSB Urges EPA, OSHA to Revise Chemical Safety Rules

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) called for stricter environmental and occupational safety regulations to help prevent reactive chemical accidents, like an explosion and fire at AB Specialty Silicones’ Waukegan, Illinois, facility. CSB reiterated an earlier recommendation for the EPA to revise its risk management plan (RMP) regulations and for the Occupational […]

What to Expect From OSHA’s New Focus on Heat Stress

Will you be ready when an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector shows up at your facility or worksite for a heat-related illness inspection? Have you thought about how you would comply with a new federal heat stress standard? On September 20, the White House and OSHA announced new steps to address worker exposures […]

Ask the Expert: Requirements for Fire Extinguisher Training

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking if there are requirements for providing fire extinguisher training to employees. See what the experts had to say. Q: With the COVID-19 pandemic, I have […]

OSHA’s Denver Office Cites Employers in Fatalities

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Denver area office announced employer citations in separate worker fatalities. OSHA cited JBS Foods’ Swift Beef Co. facility in Greeley, Colorado, for eight serious violations related to an unsafe lifting process and for hazardous chemical and training violations following the death of a worker who was installing a […]

Back to Basics: Be Prepared for Fire Hazards in the Workplace

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. To mark Fire Prevention Week, we examine how to train workers about fire hazards in the workplace. When it comes to workplace safety, it doesn’t get more basic than fire safety. That said, it’s never […]