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  • OSHA Issues Combustible Dust Hazard Fact Sheet

    July 7, 2016

    The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a new fact sheet on combustible dust explosion hazards. Titled “Protecting Workers from Combustible Dust Explosion Hazards,” the document instructs facilities to “capture,...

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  • Five Significant USDA Food Safety Updates

    July 5, 2016

    Over the past seven years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has instituted some of the most significant updates to our country's food safety system since the 1950s, leading to a 12 percent drop in foodborne illness associated with meat,...

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  • Fike Names New EVP for Global Sales and Marketing

    July 5, 2016

    Looking to fill a key position to address a rapidly expanding global market, Fike has promoted David Kemp to executive vice president of global sales and marketing, effective immediately. In this role, Kemp will head sales and marketing efforts for all Fike product lines worldwide.  ...

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  • General Mills Expands Flour Recall

    July 5, 2016

    General Mills continues to collaborate with health officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121, and is expanding its recall of Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour to include flour made earlier in the fall that may still be in consumers’ pantries...

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  • OSHA Fines Food Manufacturer $107K after Worker Dies

    July 1, 2016

    On June 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations for $107,000 to Wei-Chuan U.S.A. Inc. for one willful, one repeat, and six serious violations. OSHA initiated an inspection on December 27, 2015, after the Jersey City...

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  • OSHA, NFPA to Progress on Combustible Dust Standards

    2016 could be a bellwether year for combustible dust standards. In June, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) starts its first revision cycle of NFPA 652, the organization’s newly introduced combustible dust standard for general industry. Later this fall, the US Department of...

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  • OSHA Fines Food Additive Manufacturer $180K

    June 24, 2016

    A Newark food additive manufacturer's failure to handle hazardous materials and respond properly to an emergency led to an explosion that injured four workers, including two contractors who scaled an 8-ft security fence topped with triple-strand barbed wire to escape the fireball. An...

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  • OSHA Fines Food Manufacturer $140K after Amputations

    June 24, 2016

    Twice in less than a month, two workers at an Ajinomoto Windsor Inc. facility suffered amputation injuries because their employer failed to install adequate safety guards to keep operator's hands out of machine danger zones, inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety...

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  • OSHA Fines Grain Elevator Company $51K

    June 24, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated High Country Elevators Inc. on March 15, 2016 in Dove Creek, CO, as part of the agency's Regional Emphasis Program for Grain Handling Facilities. At the time of the inspection, an employee was...

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  • Wireless Hazard Monitoring System

    June 20, 2016

    HazardPRO is a complete wireless hazard monitoring system for up to 32 pieces of equipment. Individual sensors attach to a wireless node that transmits data directly to a system manager. Real-time and historical data can then be viewed on the system manger’s touch screen display. This...

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