At VelocityEHS, we’re committed to keeping our customers informed about EHS news from across the country and around the world. That’s why we present this news roundup each Friday, featuring EHS stories from the week that they might have missed.
This week we saw OSHA continuing to level fines against violators, with an emphasis on willful violations that put workers in danger. There was also interesting fallout from a series of articles that ran last week in the New York Times about the dangers and challenges faced by nail salon workers in New York City. Chief among these were exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals and a lack of required PPE. Based on public outcry resulting from these articles, the governor of New York ordered a series of emergency health measures to protect workers and combat wage theft. He also created a new, multiagency task force that would perform spot inspections of nail salons going forward.
- A Wisconsin factory has reached a settlement with OSHA to pay $54,000 in fines for exposing workers to amputation and crushing hazards, falls and chemical hazards.
- Illinois OSHA issued more than $114,000 in fines against USA Technologies, and auto parts manufacturer, for a variety of safety violations, including ignoring machine safety rules and not labeling hazardous chemical containers.
- In the fallout of last week’s New York Times expose on the chemical hazards nail salon technicians face, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a task force to enforce health and safety regulations among those workers.
- Texas OSHA cited chemical manufacturer DuPont and fined the company $99,000 for a chemical leak that killed four workers in La Porte last year.
- A community college in California briefly evacuated a science building after an old container of picric acid was discovered.