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New OSHA Penalties Kick-off August 1st, 2016

Starting the 1st of August, new penalties by OSHA will be adjusted for inflation. The increase will jump 78% from their 1990 levels. These new penalties were accepted last November 2015, when Congress allowed government agencies to adjust there rates.

Under these new measures, an abatement or requirement violation increased from $7,000 to $12,471 maximum and a willful or repeated violation moved from $70,000 to $124,709 maximum.

OSHA Requires High-Hazard Employers to Hand Over Data

OSHA today issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public, and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is applying the insights of behavioral economics to improve workplace safety and prevent injuries and illnesses.

Why is Mold Growing in My House?

Why is Mold Growing in My House?

Molds come in many colors; both white and black molds are shown here.

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.

How do I get rid of mold?

Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust.

Illness and Injury Summaries Require Posting Now Through April

Employers must post injury and illness summaries now through April

OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2015. The summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted each year between Feb.

Initiative to Address Environmental and Worker Safety Violations

Initiative to Address Environmental and Worker Safety Violations

Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division Will Work with the Department of Labor and U.S. Attorneys for Broader Look at Environmental and Workplace Safety Crimes

In an effort to prevent and deter crimes that put the lives and the health of workers at risk, the Departments of Justice and Labor announced today a plan to more effectively prosecute such crimes.

Safety Tips for Santa Claus

Between all the present wrapping, route planning, and checking the Naughty and Nice lists, Kris Kringle also has to set aside time to go over a safety check list to avoid personal injury. When your job involves a lot of walking on snowy rooftops and night flying, it’s always a good idea to take extra precautions.

NOAA Refuses Release of Climate Change Data

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA refuses release of climate change data.  The analysis of that data, published in Science in June1, analyzed NOAA's temperature records and found that global warming has continued apace in the early twenty-first century.

Top 10 Safety Violations for 2015

The top 10 safety violations for 2015  were announced by Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the "Top 10" on the Expo floor.  

“In injury prevention, we go where the data tell us to go,” said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman.

Diesel Fuel Contamination

Maintaining diesel fuel quality, preventing diesel fuel contamination and assuring cleanliness has never been easy. To give you an idea of how long the industry has been dealing with this issue, a Caterpillar Operators Manual published 90 years ago stated “dirt and water causes 90 percent of all the problems with diesel fuel systems.