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OSHA's Free On-site Consultation Program Helps NY Manufacturer Improve Safety, Reduce Workplace Injuries and Lower Insurance Costs

VonRoll USA Inc., a manufacturer of nonmetallic mineral products, has recently partnered with OSHA's free On-site Consultation Program to protect workers from high-hazard work.



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New ABIH/AIHA Project Finds Increasing Number of References to IH Profession in State Statutes and Regulations

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene has worked with a firm specializing in government relations to review all existing state laws and regulations and identify relevant IH terms, including CIH, industrial hygiene, and others.



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The American Society of Concrete Contractors Releases Concrete Safety DVD

The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) has released a new Employee Safety Orientation DVD for concrete contractors. The training tool was developed by members of the ASCC’s Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC) and released at the World of Concrete 2014.



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Wisconsin Central Limited Ordered to Pay Over $352,000 in Back Wages, Damages to Injured Conductor after OSHA Whistleblower Investigation

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found Wisconsin Central Limited railway in violation of the Federal Railroad Safety Act for terminating a conductor following the reporting of a workplace injury that occurred in Manitowoc, Wis.



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OSHA Schedules Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health May 7-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Work groups will meet May 7 and the full committee will meet May 8.



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Presidential FY15 Budget Includes Increases for OSHA, Cuts for EPA

President Obama has proposed his budget for FY15, and it includes small increases for OSHA and MSHA, but cuts in NIOSH and EPA funding.



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Grainger Announces Scholarship Program for Public Safety Curricula

Grainger has announced the expansion of its Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program to offer financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in public safety programs.



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AIHA PAT and AIHA LAP Programs Testify on Behalf of OSHA’s Proposed Silica Standard

Within the first week of April, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) openly supported the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed rule concerning workforce exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Both AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs (AIHA-LAP) and AIHA Proficiency Analytical Testing Programs (AIHA-PAT) testified at the April 1 public hearings in Washington, D.C.



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AIHA, OSHA Release Safety Sheet for Safe Patient Handling

As a part of its partnership with OSHA, AIHA has developed a new “QuickTips” sheet to provide OHS professionals with information on safe patient handling and mobility.



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Olivet Management Faces $2.3M in OSHA Fines for Knowingly Exposing Workers to Asbestos and Lead at NY Work Site

Olivet Management LLC faces a total of $2,359,000 in proposed fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing employees and contractors to asbestos and lead.



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OSHA Announces Final Rule Revising Standards for Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it would be issuing a final rule to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric power generation, transmission and distribution work.



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Fracking Exposes Workers to Dangerous Silica Dust

Hydraulic fracturing technology – also known as fracking – exposes workers to dangerous silica dust, a workplace safety expert said during hearings on new standards before the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).



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OSHA Strategic Partnership Established at Construction Site of Industrial Scientific’s New Headquarters Facility

Industrial Scientific has announced that OSHA and Mascaro Construction Company, the general contractor for the construction of its new global headquarters near Pittsburgh, have developed a partnering agreement as part of the OSHA Strategic Partnership Program.



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Mary Vogel, Worker Safety Advocate, Selected as New Executive Director of National Council for Occupational Safety and Health

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) announced that Mary Vogel, a veteran advocate for worker safety and health, has been selected as the organization’s new executive director.



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Dentec Safety Acquires US Safety Respirator Operation

Dentec Safety Specialists has acquired the US Safety respirator operation from MCR Safety as of March 7, 2014.



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AIHA Testifies on OSHA’s Proposed Silica Standard at March 21 Public Hearing in Washington, D.C.

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) recently testified on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. OSHA began three weeks of public hearings on its proposed rulemaking in Washington, D.C., on March 18.



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Global Congress on Process Safety Marks Ten Years of Progress in Industrial and Chemical Plant Safety

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will hold its 2014 Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety from March 30-April 3. This year is also the tenth annual Global Congress on Process Safety, which will be marked by special sessions to survey the past decade of process safety.



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ASHRAE Publishes 2013 Version of MOT for BACnet Conformance

New tests and test improvements are included in the newly published ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135.1-2013, Method of Test for Conformance to BACnet.



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OSHA Renews Alliance with Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute to Address Falls, Other Worker Safety Issues

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed its alliance with the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute. The alliance will focus on issues related to falls, small business, motor vehicle safety and hazard communication. The agreement will remain in effect for five years.



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Flood Safety Awareness Week Promoted by OSHA and NOAA

OSHA and NOAA joined together to promote Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 16-22.



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OSHA Fines Atlanta Frozen Food Company, and its Staffing Agency, Concerning Employee Safety

Schwan’s Global Supply Chain Inc., manufacturer of frozen foods sold under several brand names, including Red Baron pizza and Mrs. Smith’s desserts, has been cited for 32 health and safety violations that occurred at their Atlanta facility. OSHA has charged them with a total of $185,700 in fines.



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Comment Period Extended to March 31 for Information Request on Updates to Chemical Facility Safety Standards

OSHA is extending the public comment period for the request for information on potential revisions to its Process Safety Management standard and related standards to March 31, 2014.



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Public Hearings on Proposed OSHA Silica Rule Begin

OSHA has begun holding public hearings for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica. This marks the beginning of an intensive three weeks of public feedback on the proposal, with hearings scheduled through Friday, April 4, 2014.



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OSHA Publishes New Educational Bulletin on Recordkeeping Requirements for Temporary Workers

OSHA has released a new educational bulletin for staffing agencies and host employers on current requirements for recording injuries and illnesses of temporary workers. The new Recordkeeping Bulletin, which is part of OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative, addresses how to identify which employer is responsible for recording these work-related injuries and illnesses on the OSHA 300 log.



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NSC Releases 2014 Edition of Injury Facts

The National Safety Council (NSC) has released the 2014 edition of Injury Facts®, which details safety statistics and trends across the U.S. and worldwide. Injury Facts® has been the Council’s go-to resource for all safety statistics for more than 90 years. While the report covers a variety of injury and illness areas, it has valuable information in the area of employee safety.



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NSC Webinar Addresses Concerns of Growing Prescription Drug Abuse

The National Safety Council recently addressed the issue of improper prescription painkiller use.



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OSHA Teams Up with Montgomery County, Md. to Prevent Fatal Falls in Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has teamed with the Montgomery County Worker Health and Safety Commission to spread the word about preventing fatal falls in construction, which are the leading cause of death in the industry.



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