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Food processing facility receives $263K OSHA fine

A major food processor and manufacturer recently received the results of a long-term Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection conducted at one of its facilities in Texas. The...

August 31st, 2016

New OSHA whistleblower pilot program provides insight into possible future changes

The U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched a pilot whistleblower program in OSHA's western region, meaning some or all elements of t...

August 30th, 2016

EPA indicates belief that fracking may have contributed to North Texas earthquakes

The Environmental Protection Agency conducts an annual evaluation of the Texas Railroad Commission to assess that state organization's actions in supervising the injection and disposal wells...

August 26th, 2016

A TSCA reform major shift: No grandfathered chemicals

The original Toxic Substances Control Act made a major concession in terms of which chemicals it would actively review or investigate. That version of TSCA, passed in 1976, allowed many chem...

August 25th, 2016

CA oilfield dispute may be costly for producers

A recent legal action brought by an environmentalist group highlights how prior approval from the Environmental Protection Agency may not provide the blanket security that many businesses ex...

August 24th, 2016

OSHA workplace safety rules update include major changes to drug testing

Drug testing employees following a workplace injury or incident is a common health and safety tactic. This blanket approach likely runs afoul of new Occupational Safety and Health Administra...

August 23rd, 2016

OSHA issues new interim rule for PSMS Appendix A chemicals

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced a change in the way chemicals falling under Appendix A of the Process Safety Management Standard are treated. According t...

August 19th, 2016

Final GHS deadline may be just the beginning

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals is now the rule across the U.S., with the final Occupational Safety and Health Administration deadline related to c...

August 18th, 2016

Pipeline Operational Status and Abandonment

Rule Change SummaryPHMSA has issued an advisory bulletin to owners and operators of hazardous liquid, carbon dioxide, and gas pipelines to clarify terms relating to pipeline operational stat...

August 17th, 2016

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New OSHA whistleblower pilot program provides insight into possible future changes

The U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched a pilot whistleblower p...

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