OSHA Updates Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs - Nov 04, 2016

OSHA has recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new Recommended Practices have been well received by a wide variety of stakeholders and are designed to be used in a wide variety of small and medium-sized business settings. The Recommended Practices present a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program, built around seven core... Read more

Safety and Health Empowerment for Women in Trades (SHEWT) - Nov 03, 2016

Construction workers experience many health and safety concerns including falls, being struck by/against machinery, musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic health hazards from contaminants. Women workers face additional gender-specific hazards such as inadequate physical protection, unsanitary facilities, and stress from discrimination and harassment. As opportunities for women in the trades continue to grow in the Pacific Northwest,... Read more

U.S. Labor Department: States Are Failing Injured Workers - Oct 06, 2016

A new Department of Labor report says cuts to state workers’ comp systems have left injured workers with inadequate benefits and raises the specter of federal oversight. The findings echo those of a ProPublica and NPR investigation last year.

by Michael Grabell ProPublica, Oct. 5, 2016, 6:01 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR.

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Farmworker Advocates call for Suspension of Highly Toxic Pesticide - Sep 21, 2016

Advocates from across the country urge EPA to swiftly ban chlorpyrifos citing unacceptable risks to farmworkers and their families.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 Washington, D.C. — Published by EARTHJUSTICE

Today, United Farm Workers, labor and community health groups from Florida to California petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately suspend hundreds of uses of chlorpyrifos an acutely toxic pesticide that harms workers and their family members.

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New state rule will help first responders prepare for crude oil shipments - Sep 02, 2016

OLYMPIA – Washingtonians were made a little safer today when the state adopted a rule requiring facilities that receive crude oil by rail to notify the Washington Department of Ecology in advance. The rule also requires pipelines transporting crude oil in the state to submit information about volumes and place of origin twice a year.

The rule allows Ecology to share crude oil movement information with emergency response agencies through an advance notification system. In addition,... Read more

How Industrial Hygienists Assist in Rail Emergencies - Jul 06, 2016

Speaking at an AIHce 2016 session, several experts said industrial hygienists are well suited to anticipate, recognize, and respond to the hazards and to control the risks using science-based methods.

Industrial hygienists are well prepared to perform an important role during the response to a railroad hazardous materials emergency, several experienced experts said during an AIHce 2016 session about rail crude oil spills on May 24. Risk assessment, data analysis, and plan... Read more

President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act - Jun 22, 2016

This bipartisan effort amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – the first major update to an environmental statute in 20 years. At the bottom of this story is the text from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s blog on the new law. The link to her blog and tweets from the agency are also included below.

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OSHA Releases Silica Rule - Apr 29, 2016

OSHA has said the proposed rule "would bring protections into the 21st century" because it currently enforces 40-year-old permissible exposure limits for crystalline silica in general industry, construction, and shipyards.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Dr. David Michaels, the OSH assistant secretary, are scheduled to brief news media representatives March 24 on OSHA's newly released silica rule. OSHA has been working on the proposed rule for years and published an NPRM on Sept... Read more

Judgment Day for Reckless Executives - Apr 08, 2016

By RENA STEINZOR APRIL 7, 2016

New York Times:

Silver Spring, Md. — ON Wednesday, a Federal District Court judge, Irene C. Berger, sentenced Donald L. Blankenship, a former chief executive of the Massey Energy Company once known in Appalachia as the “King of Coal,” to one year in jail, with imprisonment to begin regardless of a pending appeal, and payment of a $250,000 fine. The judge’s decision sets a remarkable precedent: The first C.E.O. ever to be convicted of conspiring... Read more

OSHA Releases Silica Rule - Apr 01, 2016

OSHA has said the proposed rule "would bring protections into the 21st century" because it currently enforces 40-year-old permissible exposure limits for crystalline silica in general industry, construction, and shipyards.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Dr. David Michaels, the OSH assistant secretary, are scheduled to brief news media representatives March 24 on OSHA's newly released silica rule. OSHA has been working on the proposed rule for years and published an NPRM on... Read more

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