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Two REPs will target the transportation tank cleaning industry and confined spaces

In the Midwest a regional emphasis program (REP) will target the transportation tank cleaning industry and a REP in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana will target similar industries focusing on confined space hazards. The Midwest program will begin with a three-month educational outreach and then inspect targeted industries in Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin and those under federal jurisdiction in Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota. The program follows investigations of 23 Chicago-area worker deaths and 97 incidents in the transportation and tank cleaning industries since 2016.

The program in the south is designed to raise awareness among employers typically engaged in tank cleaning activities, including trucking, rail and road transportation, remediation services, material recovery, and waste management services.

New small business handbook

The Small Business Safety and Health Handbook highlights the benefits of implementing an effective safety and health program, provides self-inspection checklists for employers to identify workplace hazards, and workplace safety and health resources for small businesses.

New QuickCard - Understanding your role as a shipyard competent person



New hazard alert - Soybean soapstock storage tank explosion

The alert describes a 2015 soybean soapstock storage tank explosion that killed a welder installing a catwalk on top of the tank and the corrective measures that should have been taken.

New whistleblower webpage

A new webpage consolidates all whistleblower protection laws enforced by the Department of Labor.

First egregious citation issued under Biden administration

The agency fined "serial violator" Atlantic Coast Utilities LLC/Advanced Utilities Inc., $1.3 million for the deaths of two workers at a dig site in Boston after a dump truck struck and pushed them into a nine-foot-deep trench. It did so under its egregious citation policy, which allows the agency to propose a separate penalty for each instance of a violation.

Criminal charges and conviction follow OSHA investigation

A Colorado state court has sentenced Bryan Johnson, owner of ContractOne Inc., an Avon construction company, to 10 months in jail for two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of third-degree assault and ordered restitution for the family of a 50-year-old company worker who suffered fatal injuries in a preventable trench collapse at a Granby worksite in June 2018.


The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has endorsed updated guidance from the Department of Public Health advising employers and employees to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to surge across the state.


Michigan OSHA is strongly encouraging employers to follow recently updated CDC guidelines due to the Delta variant of COVID-19.

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