By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its 2014 Budget Justification this week, indicating implementation of its new “weighted inspection system” to target the most serious hazards such as those found in refineries, trenching, shipbreaking, falls, chemical plants and industries that use crystalline silica, lead, and hexavalent chromium.

The Agency plans
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By James L. Curtis, Meagan Newman, and Anne D. Harris

In an effort to improve safety at chemical plants, President Obama recently signed an executive order requiring the federal government to conduct a review of safety and security procedures at U.S. plants. 78 FR 48029 (August 7, 2013).

The order calls for private sector input in developing new guidelines
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