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  • CSB Asks EPA to Review 1993 HF Study

    In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the safety board cited two of its recent investigations. CSB conducted public hearings in both at which members of the surrounding communities expressed concern about the adequacy of the risk management strategies for the use of HF and the effectiveness of community notification procedures in the event of a catastrophic release.

  • CSB Stresses Preparedness for Cold Weather Operations

    "It is important for chemical and other facilities to be prepared for the unique safety challenges posted by cold weather," the agency's new Safety Digest document says, "such as hazards of water freezing and expanding, which can damage equipment or cause instrumentation to fail."

  • U.S. Steel Settles CWA Case Involving Wastewater Spill

    A consent decree was filed in federal district court in the Northern District of Indiana that requires U.S. Steel to pay more than $600,000 as a civil penalty and to reimburse EPA and the National Park Service for response costs incurred after an April 2017 spill of wastewater containing hexavalent chromium that entered a waterway flowing into Lake Michigan.

  • Chemical Plant Suffers Two Explosions Due to Flooding

    Early Thursday morning, two explosions generating billows of thick black smoke were reported at a flooded chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, just 30 miles northeast of downtown Houston

  • Safety+ Conference Gets Safely Under Way

    VPPPA's annual national conference apparently has dodged most of the Hurricane Harvey bullet. Now, thousands of attendees from VPP companies are in downtown New Orleans to learn, network, and share their expertise.

  • VPPPA's 2017 National Annual Meeting Drawing Near

    Hundreds of occupational safety and health professionals will be traveling to New Orleans to attend Safety+ at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. It takes place Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.


  • PIG® Quick Deploy Leak Diverter Kit

    New Pig recently introduced the PIG Quick Deploy Leak Diverter Kit for quick response to roof and pipe leaks.

    New Pig recently introduced the PIG® Quick Deploy Leak Diverter Kit for quick response to roof and pipe leaks before they damage inventory, machinery, or create slip hazards. Complete with a discharge hose and fittings, the Quick Deploy Leak Diverter can be deployed by simply hooking the handle over a pipe or ceiling truss. Pinched corners help funnel liquid toward the center of the Diverter for better drainage, and the included PVC drain hose channels captured liquid to a collection container, drain, or other containment device.





  • Wisconsin Creamery Combats Dusty Whey Powder

    Ellsworth Co-op Creamery (Ellsworth, WI) processes 1.3 million pounds of milk a day along with fine and dusty whey powder that settles on the floor, ceilings, and machinery.

  • Choosing the Best Equipment Rental Company

    Renting equipment instead of spending large amounts of capital to own the same thing is often justified by today’s tighter budgets, reduced workforce and wide variety of projects. There is a measurement tool available that can provide an accurate and quick way for customers to objectively evaluate and compare the abilities of different equipment rental companies.


  • AAA Attraction Inspections: From Thrills to Chills

    Tag along as a AAA inspector sets out on a mission to find interesting, enjoyable and worthwhile things to see and see and do. Experience environments from museums and zoos to theme parks and zip lines. Learn what make an attraction fun and games — and what doesn't. Discover the attributes that qualify some attractions for the AAA GEM designation, indicating a Great Experience for Members.

  • BP Alaska: UAV Pilot Testing

    In Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, BP conducted pilot testing of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology to enhance pipeline inspection and safety. Equipped with high-resolution cameras, the Aeryon Scout provides visual inspections of equipment, helping crews assess and respond to maintenance needs. The small rotor-wing aircraft is flown from a hand-held tablet computer. BP Alaska conducted the trials in cooperation with the University of Alaska Fairbanks in fall 2012.

  • NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace

    Paul Dunphy, electrical inspector/compliance coordinator in the Engineering and Utilities Division of Harvard University, discusses the NFPA 70E standard and his work with departments of the cities of Boston and Cambridge. More than 40 electricians work on the Harvard campus, and 70E is very important to how they work and work safely, he says, as he discusses recordkeeping, training, and the introduction of new technologies.