ehs wire

Subscribe to!

Your email:

Posts by category

Current Articles | RSS Feed RSS Feed

OSHA’s Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements – Updated

OSHA’s Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

On September 11, 2014, U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule revision to the Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements.  These revisions to 29 CFR 1904 are effective on January 1, 2015 and focus on two key requirements:

Study Shows a Third of Work-Related Disability Comes from Low Back Pain (LBP)

Work Related Disability Comes from Low Back Pain (LBP)

According to the Council for Disability Awareness, more than 25 percent of today's 20 year-olds will develop some type of disability before they retire. The overall toll on the individual, the company and the government is substantial. For this reason, legislation and guidelines have been issued and tweaked throughout the decades. The cause and severity of disabilities can vary greatly. However, a recent study sheds light on one major culprit, Low Back Pain (LBP). 

NIOSH Releases Strategic Plan to Prevent Work-Related Vehicle Crashes

prevent work related crashes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, vehicle-related accidents are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the U.S. Out of all workplace fatalities, 36% involved a motor vehicle. In addition to the tragic loss of life, motor vehicle accidents have an economic impact, costing employers an average of $500,000 per incident. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the total annual economic impact to be around $60 million. To lower those numbers and protect workers, this May, CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a strategic plan for research and prevention of workplace related motor vehicle injuries and death.  This will be a four year initiative.

House Passes Bill to Strengthen Chemical Facility Security

Strengthen Chemical Facility Security

Terrorism threats on chemical facilities in the US? On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the House passed the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Security (CFATS) Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014 (HR 4007), in order to protect against such threats.

Titanium Manufacturer Ordered to Pay Largest TSCA Penalty Ever Imposed


In May, Titanium Metals Corporation (TIMET) was ordered to pay a $13.75 million civil penalty for violations to the Toxic Substances Control Act. According to a press release from the Environmental Protection Agency, this was the largest penalty ever ordered for TSCA violations.

Lowes, Lead and Levies


The EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) was enacted in 2008 and became fully effective in 2010. The intended purpose of this rule is to protect children and any vulnerable individuals from exposure to lead dust during renovations. Lead-based paint was banned in 1978 after it was discovered that exposure to lead could cause a number of health problems, especially in young children, including behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, seizures, and even death.

Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System (“e-Manifest”)

Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System (“e Manifest”)

For over a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), individual states, industry and related stakeholders have had a mutual interest in developing a national electronic manifest system that would facilitate the electronic transmission of the uniform manifest form and make the use of the uniform manifest much more cost-effective and convenient for users. On October 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act into law, which authorizes the EPA to implement a national electronic manifest system.

Not All SSHASPS Are Created Equal

Site-Specific Health and Safety Plan

As a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager who has authored and reviewed 100s of Site-specific Health and Safety Plans per year, I can assure you—they are not at all cut from the same cloth! I find that particularly curious, because a SSHASP should meet a list of required elements. My experience tells me that a SSHASP that is not put together properly can result in project delays as the SSHASP is subjected to reviews and comments by the entities involved in the project.   If a poor SSHASP is put into play, it can be reused over and over again —just with a new location and new names. 

OSHA Releases New Resources to Protect Hospital Workers and Enhance Patient Safety

OSHA Enhance Safety

On January 16, 2014, OSHA released the details of a new initiative which will help hospital workers and patients maintain better safety. According to research that conducted in 2012, U.S hospitals reported over 250,000 work related injuries of which nearly 60,000 caused individuals to miss work. As a result, workers compensation claims cost hospitals over $2 billion in annual expenses. According to OSHA, a majority of injuries were caused by moving and lifting patients, needle sticks, exposure to infectious diseases, slip and falls, workplace violence, and exposure to hazardous chemicals and medications. 

NIOSH Study Shows Healthcare Workers Need More Training In Hazardous Chemical Handling


According to the CDC, the healthcare industry is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy—employing over 18 million workers.  These workers face a range of job hazards such as back injuries, exposure to human pathogens and stress. Many are unique to this industry, such as needle/sharps sticks, latex allergy, or injuries due to patient violence.  The CDC states that while many industry sectors have experienced reductions in occupational injury and illness, healthcare workers continue to experience incidents in the workplace, and cases of nonfatal occupational injury and illness among to healthcare workers are among the highest of any industry sector. 

All Posts