Tag Archives: workplace safety

Underground Storage Tank Regulations: The UST Program

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. The UST Program, as part of California’s Unified Program, helps to protect the public and the environment from discharges and releases of hazardous substances from USTs.   This article is part of a special dedicated series that covers California CUPAs and the Unified Program. For a complete overview, see the […]

Aboveground Storage Tank Regulations

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. APSA and its federal complements ensure that facility owners and employees are prepared to respond to accidental petroleum releases.   This article is part of a special dedicated series that covers California CUPAs and the Unified Program. For a complete overview, see the June 2019 NES article California CUPA Overview: […]

The DTSC Hazardous Waste Generators Program

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. The DTSC Hazardous Waste Generators program, as enforced by local CUPAs, regulates the hazardous waste generated by California businesses.   This article is part of a special dedicated series that covers California CUPAs and the Unified Program. For a complete overview, see the June 2019 NES article California CUPA Overview: […]

The Cal OES HMBP Program

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. The HMBP program provides vital information in the event of a release or threatened release of a hazardous material.   This article is part of a special dedicated series that covers California CUPAs and the Unified Program. For a complete overview, see the June 2019 NES article California CUPA Overview: […]

California CUPA Overview: Enforcing the CalEPA Unified Program

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. California CUPAs protect the public and the environment by enforcing the six environmental programs that comprise the Unified Program.   History of California CUPAs The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) was established in 1991 to oversee environmental protection programs statewide. The agency’s general mission is, “to restore, protect and enhance […]

National Safety Month 2019

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. The topics for National Safety Month 2019 are Hazard Recognition, Slips, Trips, and Falls, Fatigue, and Impairment.   National Safety Month 2019 Begins In the United States, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. This statistic comes from the National Safety Council (NSC), a nonprofit founded in […]

Cal/OSHA vs. Federal OSHA

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. Cal/OSHA maintains a state health & safety plan that differs in some elements from the federal OSHA plan.   Cal/OSHA vs. Federal OSHA: An Overview Since its establishment in late 1970, federal OSHA has maintained authority over assuring worker health & safety in the United States through a variety of […]

The Rise of Workplace Opioid Abuse

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. Employers are increasingly finding themselves confronting the realities of workplace opioid abuse.   Opioid Abuse an Enduring Concern in the Nation The odds of dying accidentally from an opioid overdose rose in 2018 to one in 96, according to an analysis published by Injury Facts, an extension of the National […]

NIOSH’s Hierarchy of Controls

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. NIOSH has a variety of programs that help keep workers safe, including the hierarchy of controls.   NIOSH and the Hierarchy of Controls Poor housekeeping, working at heights, improper extension cord use, and unknown chemicals are all examples of common worksite hazards. Hazards such as these can cause serious injuries […]

OSHA’s “Naughty List”: The Severe Violator Enforcement Program

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. Federal OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program was developed to focus on the worst safety violators.   OSHA’s Controversial Severe Violator Enforcement Program On June 18, 2010, federal OSHA implemented the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). According to the agency, the SVEP was enacted to, “more effectively focus enforcement efforts on […]