Wyoming OSHA Expanding To Reduce Oil and Gas Worker Deaths in 2012

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According to the Wyoming Star-Tribune, Governor Matt Mead is expanding the role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Wyoming as part of a followup to a memorandum sent by now-former Wyoming Occupational Epidemiologist Timothy Ryan. The expansion will add three new positions, and request approval for hiring five more. Seven of the proposed [...]

Electrical Safety Tips for The National Electric Code

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The National Electric Code, known as NFPA 70, is a large volume and many don’t appreciate the proper way to approach the regulation. As with any electrical safety topic, it’s the strategic approach that matters most. An interesting article about this was published over at safety.blr.com entitled, “3 Steps to NFPA-70E Compliance,” and it’s highly [...]

Flame Resistant Coat May Have Saved LA Researcher

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When felony charges were filed against the University of California and Professor Patrick Harran in the death of 23-year-old researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji last month from a chemical fire that took place in 2008, the three-year old case also reignited a controversy about the fact that Sangji wasn’t wearing a fire resistant lab coat. Some [...]

New Airborne Pathogen Risk for Workers?

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Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2011

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published their Top 10 list for safety citations during fiscal year 2011 (October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011). The agency says they publish this list to encourage employers to take action prior to an OSHA inspection. It’s interesting to note that many of the same violations appear in [...]

Employers Pay Heavy Price for Workplace Injuries

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Liberty Mutual Insurance company report showed that the most disabling injuries (those involving six or more days away from work) cost American employers more than $53 billion a year – over $1 billion a week – in workers’ compensation costs alone. That statistic was quoted by Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration [...]