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September 20, 2012

September 2012 Workplace Safety News and Notes

New and Revised Combustible Dust Resources from OSHA
OSHA has redesigned and updated its combustible dust explosion hazard webpage. The page is now organized with tabs to be more user-friendly. The sections are arranged in logical order, beginning with guidance information that should be especially helpful to workers who are unfamiliar with combustible dust hazards. Other enhancements include additional links to reports issued by NIOSH and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. Visit the updated page here.

Drive Safely Work Week is 2 Weeks Away - Employer Tookit Now Available
This year's theme is Back to Basics-Your Keys to Safe Driving. How will you mark the week? A variety of options are provided in the free employer toolkit. Register and download your kit today.

NIOSH Hurricane Response Resources
The NIOSH topic page Emergency Response Resources for Storm / Flood and Hurricane Response now includes the most up-to-date resources NIOSH has available for storm, flood and hurricane response as Hurricane Season 2012 continues. Visit the page here, or browse Hurricane and Severe Weather safety signs here.

OSHA Publishes Removal Criteria for Severe Violator Enforcement Program
OSHA has published criteria for removing employers from the agency's Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). SVEP has been in effect since June 18, 2010, and is intended to focus agency resources on employers that demonstrate indifference to their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act with willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. Read the removal criteria here.

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