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CSB Warns of Danger in Hot Work on Tanks Containing Biological or Organic Material

Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigators were deployed the Omega Protein facility in Moss Point, Mississippi, following a July 28, 2014 tank explosion that killed contract worker and severely injuring another.

NIOSH Seeks Comment on Draft Workplace Tobacco Policies Document

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is seeking public comment on a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury through Workplace Tobacco Policies. The public comment period is open for 30 days, closing on September 15, 2014.

GAO Finds Too Few Safeguards for Drinking Water Near Fracking Wells

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of EPA’s oversight and enforcement program over the injection of fluid into wells associated with oil and gas production found that EPA is not doing enough to safeguard drinking water around the nearly 200,000 wells where fracking wastewater is injected deep underground. GAO concluded that EPA needs to take actions to ensure enforcement of regulations [...]

California Proposes Major Changes to Refinery Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard

California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has developed a draft regulatory proposal for a new Cal/OSHA Process Safety Management Standard to “strengthen regulatory oversight” on California’s oil refineries.

OSHA Releases Earthquake Safety Information

OSHA has posted an online Earthquake Preparedness and Response resource on how to protect workers from earthquakes, which is available at​

New OSHA Compliance Assistance Resources

Please see below for our monthly update on new OSHA compliance assistance resources, including Web resources and publications. See the New Compliance Assistance Products page for a continually updated listing of new resources.

NIOSH Blogs on Food Industry Safety

A recent NIOSH Science Blog tackles food industry safety in a post entitled, “A Wrench in the Gear: Lockout/tagout in the food industry,” which can be found at​2014/07/07/loto/​

Summary of OSHAs Finalized New Recordkeeping Rules

On September 11, OSHA announced its final rule adopting new requirements for reporting severe injuries and updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements. ASSE opposed the provisions related to reporting severe injuries. For ASSE members, a summary of new recordkeeping changes was prepared by Adele Abrams, Esq.

OSHA Publishes RFI on Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)

OSHA has published an RFI stating that the Agency is reviewing its overall approach to managing chemical exposures in the workplace and seeks stakeholder input about more effective and efficient approaches that addresses challenges found with the current regulatory approach.

Supplement to ASSE Comments OSHA Silica Proposed Rules Addresses "Competent Person"

During the questioning period of the March 21, 2014, public hearing for OSHA's proposed rule on respirable crystalline silica, OSHA's staff asked ASSE's witness, Adele L. Abrams, to supplement the Society's comments by elaborating on OSHA's proposal to require a “competent person” to be responsible for establishing and overseeing written access control plans where respirators and protective clothing [...]

ASSE Backs NTSB Call for States to Adopted 0.05 BAC Level for Impaired Driving

Friday, September 26, 2014
Based on the development of Position Statement on the issue by ASSE’s Transportation Practice Specialty, ASSE offered the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) support for its call to adopt measures that can encourage states to reduce the legal standard of driver impairment due to alcohol consumption, as measured by blood-alcohol content (BAC), from 0.08% to 0.05%.

OSHA's New Recordkeeping Rules Summarized

Friday, September 26, 2014
On September 11, OSHA announced its final rule adopting new requirements for reporting severe injuries and updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements. ASSE opposed the provisions related to reporting severe injuries.

NIOSH Announces Call for Abstracts for NOIRS 2015 Injury Research Symposium

Wednesday, September 03, 2014
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (LMRIS), the National Safety Council (NSC), and the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR), will host NOIRS 2015 on May 19 to 21, 2015 at the Camp Dawson Training Center in Kingwood, West Virginia.​

OSHA Regions Get Policy Background Memo on Temp Workers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
OSHA has issued a memorandum on its Policy Background on the Temporary Worker Initiative to its regional administrators. From Tom Galassi, Director of Enforcement Programs, the memo was posted July 21 on the OSHA web site. Temporary workers has been a key initiative of OSHA this year, as the Agency’s web page on the issue indicates.

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