Feds: Botched safety reviews contributed to ExxonMobil refinery explosion - Jan 14, 2016

By Nick Green, Daily Breeze

Management failures to review an outdated procedure and inadequate hazard analyses were among a series of deficiencies that led to the February explosion at ExxonMobil’s Torrance refinery, an independent federal agency has concluded.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board also reported that a piece of machinery that contributed to the blast had operated since 2010 without a maintenance overhaul, forcing some critical pieces of safety and other equipment to... Read more

New OSHA Rescue Requirements for Confined Space Retrieval: What You Should Know - Nov 02, 2015

Confined spaces exist in nearly every industry, and many workers come into contact with at least one during the course of their work. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about 90 deaths involving confined spaces occur every year across a wide range of industries. Unfortunately, two-thirds of those deaths are workers killed while trying to rescue someone else from a confined space. This is often due to the critical nature of these rescues, which sometimes lead to... Read more

DEOHS Team Honored as "Safer Chemistry Champions" for Reducing Toxics - Oct 29, 2015

SEATTLE--Staff in the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences were honored Oct. 27, 2015 with a Safer Chemistry Champion award presented by the Washington Department of Ecology.

The annual awards honor Washington businesses and organizations for their leadership in reducing the use of toxic chemicals and finding safer... Read more

*New* Customizable Safer Chemistry Curriculum for Professionals - Oct 26, 2015

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council Education Group is proud to announce the launch of the... Read more

Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil-train disaster - Sep 21, 2015

The oil-production boom in North Dakota has made oil trains a daily fact of life around the country.

PHILADELPHIA — They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest.

While railroads have long carried hazardous materials through congested urban areas, cities are now scrambling to formulate emergency plans and to train firefighters amid the latest safety threat: a fiftyfold increase... Read more

Firefighters, Law Enforcement Remember 9/11 at WFD Memorial - Sep 11, 2015

Area firefighters, law enforcement and community members remembered 9/11 at Wilmington’s Firefighter Memorial, which features a piece of a beam from the World Trade Center.

During the ceremony Friday morning a wreath was laid at the memorial, honoring lives lost in the attacks that day 14 years ago.

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said though it was an emotional day, he is also proud of the bravery shown by the first responders.

“It’s a good time to not only... Read more

Women In Trades Portrait Project - Sep 10, 2015

A look into Puget Sound's hardworking women in traditionally male jobs.

Washington state: Car wash chemical dangerous to workers - Aug 22, 2015

TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — A chemical commonly used at commercial car and truck washes can be dangerous to workers, according to new research by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report Friday based on research from the agency, which looked at workers’ compensation injury reports from 2001 to 2013. It found 48 workers suffered burns from hydrofluoric-acid-based car wash products, and one, a 38-year-old man,... Read more

With number of insured on the rise, nurse practitioners may be key solution - Aug 13, 2015

With more people using the health-care system, the nurse practitioner may play a key role in providing primary care. Bob Smithing is an easygoing, approachable guy — traits his patients surely appreciate in their primary-care provider. But there is one thing patients can do to get a rise out of him. They can call him “Dr. Smithing.” Smithing is a nurse practitioner, a medical professional who works in a family clinic in Kent with four other nurse practitioners and no medical doctors. While... Read more

Fire District 1 Hosts Course on Oil Train Risks, Preparedness - Aug 07, 2015

More than 30 safety professionals and first responders learned about crude oil rail transportation risks and preparedness in a class at Snohomish County Fire District 1 last week.

“This will help Fire District 1 in our response planning for the oil trains coming through our service area in unincorporated south Snohomish County and the City of Edmonds,” Assistant Chief Bob Eastman said. He was one of five senior officers from Fire District 1 who attended.

The course was... Read more