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EPA Fines Lowe’s $500,000 for Remodeler Lead Dust Violations

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/17/2014 7:18PM

Lowe’s Home Centers agreed to company-wide lead abatement training for its remodeling contractors and will pay a record $500,000 civil penalty, largest ever for violating the federal Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule.

Custom Cabinet & Countertop Firm Cited for ComDust Violations

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 04/03/2014 9:18AM

Custom cabinet and countertop maker Salko Kitchens Inc. faces fines of $51,800 for combustible dust and potential carcinogen exposure violations.

Effort To Exempt OSHA from ALERT Act Fails in House

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/18/2014 10:12PM

An amendment to exempt OSHA from a proposed federal rule-making accountability bill, the ALERT Act, aimed at protecting businesses from government meddling, was voted down by the House. The amendment's sponsor felt OSHA ComDust rule formation would be restricted by the bill.

U.S., U.K. Stairways Trade Groups in Joint Standards Venture

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 03/12/2014 11:53AM

Stair manufacturers in the U.K. and United States will collaborate on technical standards, operational efficiency and best practices, to reduce accidents and promote better staircase builders through a certification program.

Ohio Law Would Ban LEED v4 on State Projects

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/06/2014 10:16PM

A ban on LEED v4 for state projects has been passed by the Ohio senate and has moved on to the state legislature. Ohio follows other states, including Maine and Georgia, where LEED has been restricted by governmental action.

Wood Pellet Plant Dust Explosion Was Preventable: OSHA

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/05/2014 2:35PM

A combustible wood dust explosion and fire that injured a worker at Inferno Wood Pellet Inc. was "preventable," according to Patrick Griffin, area director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's office in Rhode Island.

Woodshop Injury Reduction Plan Issued by OSHA

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 03/03/2014 12:23PM

OSHA recently issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014 program to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.

OSHA Cites Lumber Manufacturer for Combustible Dust as Hazard

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 02/27/2014 8:54PM

Violations of lock-out tag-out rules, exposure of employees to electrical shock and other hazards were listed by OSHA in a citation against Dupont Yard, a lumber mill. Notably, combustible dust accumulation of more than 1/8-inch was listed as a safety and health hazard.

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