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NIOSH is facing competing calls from EPA and the Defense Departement over its draft review and proposed limit to protect workers against exposure to the solvent 1-Bromopropane (1-BP), with EPA backing the analysis, and DOD criticizing the review and seeking further data.

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As lawmakers grapple with the final issues holding up an agreement on a bill overhauling the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), they appear unlikely to back recent calls from health advocates seeking to strengthen regulation of chemicals used in oil and gas drilling operations.

OSHA advisors are faulting the agency's draft guide for protecting whistleblowers from employer retaliation, saying the agency “omitted or severely diluted” advisors' recommendations, though agency officials during an April 26 meeting rejected calls for further discusion on the issue, saying they are focusing on written comments in preparing a final version.

New federal health and safety data showing an increase in the number of workplace injury and deaths is prompting new calls from labor and other advocates for policymakers to strengthen OSHA's policies and practices, including issuance of long-awaited standards, increased enforcement and inspection funds and stepped up focus on immigrant, temporary and older workers, as well as those in the public and oil & gas sectors.

OSHA advisors are crafting safety guidelines for the construction sector by clarifying and tailoring the agency's 2015 draft safety guidelines for all industry sectors, seeking a separate document that is unique and relevant to the construction industry's many small employers, often transient workforce, and multi-employer work sites.

A federal court has rejected efforts by an oil and gas construction company to dismiss Clean Water Act (CWA) charges brought by federal regulators as a result of an industrial accident on an offshore rig, underscoring Justice Department efforts to use pollution control laws to bolster workplace safety enforcement.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is declining to issue a novel limit to protect workers from exposure to nanosilver, citing insufficient data, though health advocates are urging the institute to strengthen its language on the issue, saying it could prompt regulatory agencies to require data that would eventually inform a future standard.

Bolstered by calls from top Democrats and a long-awaited congressional investigation, a broad coalition of labor unions is preparing a formal petition asking OSHA to set a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard to protect healthcare workers.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) says that “ongoing and fragile negotiations” continue between House and Senate lawmakers on trying to craft a final compromise Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill that could advance in both chambers, adding that administration officials have been offering support in the long-running bid for a deal.

The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) is urging Congress to block OSHA's silica rule until the agency has reconsidered the measure's impacts on small businesses, a call that at least one key Republican lawmaker signaled he is prepared to support.