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OSHA Standards Why Do They Take So Long?, Jim Maddux

OSHA staff members are often asked, “Why do standards take so long?” In fact, as the saying goes, if I had a few dollars for each time I have been asked this question, I would be rich. OSHA is a complex agency involved in various types of work. OSHA staff inspect workplaces; set enforcement policy; issue guidance; maintain current web pages; develop and deliver training; administer voluntary programs such as partnerships, alliances and the Voluntary Protection Programs; conduct oversight of state OSHA programs, consultation agencies and education centers; and manage and administer in the federal government bureaucracy. The main reason that OSHA standards take so long is because the regulatory process is designed to be slow and deliberate.


611 OSHA's General Duty Clause: A Guide to Enforcement and Legal Defenses, Adele L. Abrams

The General Duty Clause (GDC), Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, was intended to serve as a “gap filler” to address recognized hazards that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not yet regulated. To establish a violation of the GDC, the Secretary of Labor must prove: (1) that the employer failed to render its workplace free of a hazard which was (2) “recognized” and (3) causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm and (4) that feasible means exist to free the workplace of the hazard.


Class 3 Hazardous Materials Safety & Security Plans for Rail Transportation, Magdy El-Sibaie and Robert C. Lauby

Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have issued this safety advisory as a follow-up to the agencies’ joint safety advisory published Aug. 7, 2013, and FRA’s Emergency Order No. 28 published the same day, both of which relate to the July 6, 2013, incident in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.


Occupational Safety and Health Laws in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, Governments of the United States, Mexico, and Canada

This is a historic document titled "Occupational Safety and Health Laws in the United States, Mexico, and Canada". This document would be of value to those SH&E Professionals with goblal responsibilities including Mexico and Canada. The document gives and overview and summary of each country and then does provide some comparisons.


ASSE Government Affairs Committee Update - VIDEO, Jim Thornton

This Safety 2013 conference presentation provides an update on the ASSE Government Affairs Committee.


CSB Calls OSHA Response to Open Recommendations Unacceptable, ASSE

In a public meeting, CSB members declared OSHA’s response to seven longstanding recommendations on combustible dust, fuel gas and the process safety management (PSM) standard to be “unacceptable.” CSB also voted to make the adoption of a combustible dust standard for general industry to be the first priority in CSB’s “Most Wanted Safety Improvements” program, which will result in stepped-up advocacy for the measure. 


CSB Calls for Regulatory Coverage of Reactive Chemicals, ASSE

In a video safety message, CSB Chair Rafael Moure-Eraso calls for regulatory coverage of reactive chemicals following the massive ammonium nitrate explosion that killed at least 14 people and devastated the town of West, TX, on April 17, 2013. Reactive chemicals, like ammonium nitrate, can undergo potentially hazardous chemical reactions, such as violently detonating, if not managed properly.


Fire Water StorageTanks, Walter S. Beattie

The third installment of this series focuses on fire water tanks and provides a review of what should be included in a typical self-inspection program as it relates to tanks. Inspection, testing and maintenance of fire water storage tanks are critical to fire safety. Water tanks provide stored water for fire pumps and fire protection systems. The primary standard in use in most companies and municipalities is NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. NFPA 25 establishes minimum requirements for the periodic inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems.


Fire Pumps, Walter S. Beattie

Inspection, testing and maintenance of fire pumps are critical to fire safety. Fire pumps help supply hydrants and sprinkler systems with the flow and pressure needed to control a fire. This is the second in a series of articles on the inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems. This article focuses on fire pumps and provides a practical review of what should be included in a typical program.


Revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

On March 26, 2012, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) modified its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations’ (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The revisions will improve consistency and quality of information that is provided to both employers and employees concerning chemical hazards and protective measures related to chemical hazards.


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