FDA Warns of Risks From Inaccurate Results From Certain Lead Tests

blood testingThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a warning that certain lead tests manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results, which could affect compliance with OSHA’s workplace health standards for lead. Employers and healthcare providers conducting medical surveillance for lead-exposed workers should refer to the FDA’s warning and recommendations for retesting.

OSHA’s Lead Standards for General Industry and Construction require employers to provide blood lead testing for workers exposed to airborne lead above a specific level. Employees with very high blood lead levels must be removed from exposure. Employers are required to have blood lead samples analyzed by a laboratory that meets OSHA accuracy requirements in blood lead proficiency testing.

New and Revised Fact Sheets on Silica Now Available

New fact sheets available on OSHA’s Silica Standard for ConstructionOSHA has released more than a dozen fact sheets that provide guidance on the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction. One fact sheet is an overview of the silica standard. The other fact sheets provide employers with information on how to fully and properly implement controls, work practices, and if needed, respiratory protection for each of the 18 tasks listed in Table 1— Specified Exposure Control Methods under the standard.

Alabama Auto Dealership Cited After Fatal Fire

AlabamaOSHA cited automobile dealership Carl Cannon, Inc., for serious safety violations after three employees died and two were injured at its Jasper facility. Inspectors determined that a flash fire occurred when the employees were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the service pit floor. OSHA issued one willful and two serious safety citations for failing to implement all elements of a chemical hazard communication program; improperly storing flammable liquids; and allowing unapproved electrical receptacles and equipment to be used in a hazardous area. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $152,099.

For more information, see the news release.

Texas Pottery Manufacturer Reaches Settlement with OSHA Following Worker Fatality

TexasMarshall Pottery, Inc., has reached a settlement agreement with OSHA after the death of an assistant plant manager who was servicing a kiln and became trapped inside when it activated. The Texas pottery manufacturer was cited for failing to implement lockout/tagout and confined space programs. The company was cited for similar violations in 2008. Proposed penalties total $545,160.

For more information, read the news release.

Pennsylvania Company Cited For Exposing Workers to Falls and Confined Space Hazards

PennsylvaniaOSHA has cited US Environmental, Inc., for 12 safety violations, including willfully exposing workers to confined space and fall hazards at its Downingtown, Pa., location. Inspectors found that the company failed to implement rescue procedures for employees in confined spaces; provide protective equipment when working in confined spaces; and provide employees with fall protection training and equipment. The company faces penalties of $333,756.

For more information, see the news release.

Arizona Fines Air Conditioning Company for Safety Violations That Contributed to Worker Fatality

ArizonaThe Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) issued $88,000 in penalties to Process Cooling International in Saint Helena for safety violations following the death of a worker who fell through a skylight. ADOSH inspectors concluded that the company failed to correct an imminent hazard, and failed to protect workers from potential fall hazards with skylight screens or guardrails.

Washington State Cites Construction Company After Fatal Fall

WashingtonThe Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) issued $115,740 in penalties to Sayde Construction Inc. for safety violations identified after a worker installing roof trusses fell about 20 feet to his death. DOSH inspectors determined that the company failed to provide appropriate fall protection and ensure that workers used it, and did not have a written fall protection plan.

For more information, read the news release.

Two Florida Companies Cited Following Hazardous Chemical Release

OSHA inspectors responded to a hazardous incident at Tampa Electric Co.’s facility in Gibsonton, Florida, that sent four workers to the hospital. Inspectors determined that anhydrous ammonia, a chemical refrigerant, was released when a relief valve activated after a pipeline became over-pressurized. OSHA cited the company for failing to ensure that workers wore appropriate respiratory protection, and for not including all minimum requirements in their emergency response plan. Critical Intervention Services, a security services provider, was also cited for not training workers on hazardous chemicals, and failing to develop and implement a written hazard communication program. Proposed fines for both companies total $43,458.

For more information, read the news release.

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