Category Archives: Respiratory Protection

Fourth time tank cleaner failed to address dangerous confined space hazards An air quality test and harnesses properly tethered to a lifeline for rescue might have prevented tragedy for three workers overcome by a lack of oxygen inside a rail … Continue reading

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Company identified as ‘Severe Violator’ OSHA began a programmed-targeted inspection of Rich Products Corp., located in Brownsville, Texas under the agency’s Process Safety Management Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program to reduce or eliminate the release of highly hazardous chemicals. … Continue reading

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I know there’s a community out there touting the benefits of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs (also called vaping).   No one can deny that the e-cig industry is expanding and expanding.  Although everything I’ve read stops short of calling them a … Continue reading

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WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health today released the Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit, a resource for health care employers to use to protect hospital staff from respiratory hazards. Respirators … Continue reading

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R+L Carriers faces $86,900 in penalties for serious violations BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – Employees at a Wallingford freight shipping terminal faced dangerous chemical, fire and explosion hazards on October 6, 2014, as they tried to contain a highly flammable and explosive … Continue reading

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Michigan Shipyard receives $243K in fines, 18 safety violations ESCANABA, Michigan – Once again, workers were exposed to dangerous amputation hazards while operating press brakes, which cut large metal pieces weighing up to 450 tons, because safety mechanisms were not … Continue reading

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Welding company exposed employees to fire, chemical, respiratory hazards BRAINTREE, Massachusetts – Guiseppe Falcone and Daniele Falcone, doing business as D & J Ironworks, failed to follow safety precautions, which fire officials indicated led to a fire that cost the … Continue reading

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Nationwide ice maker faces $274,700 in fines for repeat, serious hazards NEW YORK – Inadequate safeguards to protect workers against potential ammonia releases at its Brooklyn, N.Y., ice plant have resulted in $264,700 in fines for Arctic Glacier U.S.A., Inc., … Continue reading

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Company facing $341,550 in fines For exposing workers to cancer-causing health hazards by inhaling, absorbing and ingesting hexavalent chromium, Pride Plating Inc. is being cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company, which employs … Continue reading

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by David McGill, CIH, CSP, CHMM Industrial Hygiene Scenario:  You work in a facility that blends and packages fingernail polish remover (5% acetone in water).  A new production line has just been installed.  After performing a check of area exposures, … Continue reading

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