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Health Consultants Receives Green Business Consultant Certification
Posted 9/3/2009

Setting Safety & Health Programs Aside
Posted 6/11/2009

An Early Prediction on the New OSHA
Posted 4/12/2009

Ergonomics and the Aging Workforce
Posted 3/2/2009

Job Lay-offs and the Aging Workforce
Posted 2/18/2009


Congressional Action pending to require OSHA to prosecute companies for willful negligence

Legislation is being introduced by US Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) to require the OSHA to insure accountability by prosecution for employers when injuries or deaths as a result of willful negligence or standard violation occurs.

According to a recent New York Times article, during the last two decades, over 1,200 cases were investigated where the agency concluded those deaths were caused by “willful” safety violations of the employer. However, in over 90 percent of those cases, OSHA did not seek prosecution. In a letter to the OSHA Administrator, John Henshaw, Mr. Lautenberg stated, “This is an astounding record of failure by the one federal agency charged with ensuring workplace safety. OSHA's gross negligence to perform its most basic duties of holding companies accountable for their failure to protect their employees, in my opinion, rises to a level where a top-down review of agency policies is required.”

Mr. Lautenberg promised legislative that will require OSHA to provide within 60 days of the end of each month, a review of the number of deaths and injuries reported and any and all actions taken by OSHA to punish those companies which have placed these employees in danger.


Company president convicted for giving false statements to OSHA

The president of a Port Arthur, Tex., based firm was convicted and then sentenced by the U.S. District Court in Manhattan to 30 months in prison for defrauding the United States Postal Service (USPS). The conviction was for making a false statement to an OSHA employee during an investigation related to an Anthrax decontamination project costing more than 1.6 million in services for the United States Postal Service. In addition, the company president was ordered to pay $1,385,971.31 in restitution to the USPS.

The company president pled guilty on July 31, 2003, to a criminal indictment charging that he falsely represented that his company’s workers had participated in the required training outlined by 29 CFR 1910.120 when in fact they had not.

The company president admitted at the time of his guilty plea that he knew that his workers had not received the required HAZWOPER training. The company president falsely represented that his workers had received the requisite HAZWOPER training and took steps to conceal the fact that they had not. On Nov. 17, 2001, an OSHA employee interviewed the company president, who falsely stated that he had given all of his workers 40 hours of hazardous materials training.

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New Data Show Record-Breaking Results From Strong Enforcement, Compliance Assistance

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao today released the Department of Labor's annual enforcement statistics.

Chao emphasized that the department was able to better protect workers by targeting enforcement at bad actors and providing tools to employers that help them better comply with the law.

Chao also said workers are safer at their work sites, thanks to the strong enforcement and compliance assistance activities of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Chao said the numbers show the clear positive results of the Department's new approach:

  • OSHA cited employers for 83,760 violations in FY 03, a nearly 8 percent increase;
  • Nearly 60,000 of those violations were considered serious, an 11 percent increase over FY 02;
  • The most recent data available show the rates of workplace injuries and fatalities fell to the lowest point ever in 2002;
  • Fatalities in all mines decreased by 14 percent in FY 03;
  • Total mining injuries fell by 15 percent in FY 03.
For more information visit OSHA

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Lott speaks at International Society of Environmental Technicians and National Registry of Environmental Professions on OSHA Compliance-November 2003

Dr. Lott presented at the annual conference in Orlando, Florida on OSHA Compliance. The discussion's theme related to the challanges faced by Safety and Environmental Managers in attempting to get as much emphasis by facility managers in safety compliance as is experienced with environmental compliance.

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Health Consultants, Inc. Develops Online Safety Training

Health Consultants is developing a Pay Per View Online Safety Training program to be powered by Pure Safety, a nationally recognized provider of online, web based training. This allows HCI to support its clients not only with its Instructor Lead Programs but gives them access over the web to the entire Library of training courses provided by Pure Safety.

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