Tweets, Google Maps Help Solve Mystery of Portland Explosion-WSJ Article
The Combustible Dust Policy Institute
has been using Google Maps for several years in mapping combustible dust related fires and explosions that occur in the nations manufacturing sector. Mapping over a period of time assists in identifying trends in probability of occurrence for risk analysis studies. Recently OSHA used the results of this Google Mapping in developing the proposed Combustible Dust rulemaking that was published in the October 2009 Federal Register
Now occupational health and safety professionals can actively become engaged in EHS public policy issues with the unlimited resources of Social Networking Web 2.0. This new trend has many lobbyists, special interests, and power brokers in Washington D.C alarmed, since previously they had all the control concerning information provided to lawmakers in policy decisions. A recent article in Inside OSHA
reiterated this fact with an article attempting to discredit bloggers who provide helpful information to governmental agencies, which effects occupational health and safety policy.
Google Map Ethanol Plant Fires and Explosions