February 12, 2015

OSHA chief calls for higher penalties

From Occupational Health & Safety:

Leaders of OSHA and EPA testified last week before two U.S. Senate committees about federal agencies' progress in strengthening regulations that apply to chemical facilities, based on the West, Texas ammonium nitrate explosion, as well as the DuPont chemical plant release in LaPorte, Texas, in November 2014, and other recent incidents.

The Senate HELP Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee heard testimony from Dr. David Michaels, OSHA's chief, and Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, on Dec. 11. Michaels explained that OSHA is in the final stages of forming an alliance with the fertilizer industry and detailed how the agency plans to update its Process Safety Management standard.
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