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Report Finds 85 Fatalities in The Chemicals Industry Last Year

Report Finds 85 Fatalities in The Chemicals Industry Last Year
Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:38pm Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A British chemical engineering group said this week that serious accidents in the U.S. chemical and processing industries resulted in 85 fatalities and more than 600 serious injuries in 2014.

The Institution of Chemical Engineers, a professional membership organization, surveyed media coverage of explosions, fires and other incidents in the U.S. last year.

The analysis found 228 separate incidents in chemical manufacturing and a number of related industries, including mining, refining, food processing, biotechnology, wastewater treatment, and oil and gas exploration and production.

"Many of these incidents commanded just a few column inches, but there are 75 reports that detail fatalities," said Andy Furlong, the group's policy director. "Each one is a grim human tragedy that could have been avoided, had the appropriate safety arrangements been in…

NFPA 652 - new combustible dust standard - National Fire Protection Association Blog

National Fire Protection Association Blog

NFPA 652 - new combustible dust standard Susan Bershad is a Senior Chemical Engineer in the Industrial and
Chemical Engineering division at NFPA® and is also the staff liaison for
the Combustible Dust project.
Susan has been working diligently on NFPA 652 which has the following
scope: “This standard shall provide the basic principles of and
requirements for identifying and managing the fire and explosion hazards
of combustible dusts and particulate solids.”

I had a few minutes to talk to Susan about the challenges and importance of the document and about a training event she is hosting on December 3 about NFPA 652.

Q: What was your biggest technical challenge with updating the NFPA 652?
A: The biggest challenge for the committee with NFPA
652 was identifying those requirements that are fundamental to all
facilities and processes where combustible dust hazards are possible.

Q: How is NFPA 652 different from NFPA 654?
A: NFPA 652 provides the …

Breaking News – OSHA Max Penalties Set to Nearly Double

The OSHA Defense Report

OSHA Law Updates from the OSHA Practice Group at Conn Maciel Carey Breaking News – OSHA Max Penalties Set to Nearly DoubleNovember 9, 2015

By Eric J. Conn, Chair of Conn Maciel Carey’s national OSHA Practice Group

For as long as I have been practicing OSHA law (more than 15 years now), four things have remained constant:

The maximum per violation penalty that OSHA has been permitted by
the OSH Act to assign to Serious violations has been $7,000, and for
Repeat or Willful violations it has remained $70,000;The Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA makes an annual pilgrimage
to the Hill where he or she pounds on the table and demands that
Congress enact OSHA reform legislation to increase the maximum penalties
OSHA can assign (with common refrains like: “employers can be fined
more for mistreating cattle on federal lands than for allowing an
employee fatality!”);There has been one iteration or another of such reform legislation
(usually dubbed the “Protect…