OSHA aligns chemical labels with global standard
Improved worker safety and reduced corporate costs are two outcomes of a March 23 federal rule aligning U.S. chemical hazard labels and other safety information with a global system developed by the United Nations.
Help wanted: Spray polyurethane foam insulation research
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has been studying the occupational health implications of spray polyurethane foam, which is being widely used in energy-efficiency building and renovation. The agency is seeking partners who’ll allow NIOSH researchers to collect air samples during spray foam application.
Your incentive program might be illegal! New memo from OSHA clarifies injury reporting and incentive policies
While many employers want to reward workers for safe behavior, there’s a thin line between appropriate recognition and providing a disincentive to employees for reporting injuries. Companies that cross that line could be violating the law, according to a new memo sent to OSHA regional administrators and whistleblower program managers from Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Fairfax.
OSHA proposes fine against Neenah roofer
The federal government’s workplace safety agency is proposing $121k in fines against a Neenah roofing contractor that now has been cited five times since 2007 for failing to adequately protect workers from falling.
N.Y. contractor cited after runaway rail car injures two workers
OSHA has cited Dragados USA-Judlau JV, general contractor for the East Side Tunnel Access Project between Queens and Manhattan, with 11 alleged serious violations of workplace safety standards. OSHA’s Manhattan Area Office opened an inspection following an Oct. 15 incident in which a runaway rail car struck an aerial lift in the tunnel, injuring two workers in the lift.