OSHA is emphasizing to employers that there are numerous hazards to workers associated with inclement weather. The push during winter comes as OSHA ramps up efforts targeted to seasonal hazard abatement by focusing on heat . . .
OSHA has issued an interim final rule establishing procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and also seeks public comments on the rule. The regulatory move comes . . .
OSHA says it is partnering with the Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute to reach more than 7,000 agricultural retailers, distributors, producers and other facilities in the industry to "remind employers of the importance . . .
OSHA chief David Michaels is again stressing the importance to communications tower builders of employee safety and fall prevention. The agency has already sent a letter throughout the industry warning employers of the dangers posed . . .
OSHA's proposal to mandate electronic submission and online posting of injury and illness data has ignited a dispute among worker and industry advocates over the precedence of federal agencies collecting data in that manner and over OSHA's statutory authority to issue the planned regulations, sources told Inside OSHA Online as comments flowed into the regulatory docket to meet a Monday (March 10) deadline for feedback on the contentious rule proposed last fall.
A key steelworkers union is putting rigorous pressure on OSHA to send to the White House for review a rule that would tighten controls on worker exposures to the toxic metal beryllium, long after the union teamed with the only U.S. producer of pure beryllium to propose the agency cut the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for the metal by 90 percent.
Environmental Protection Agency waste chief Mathy Stanislaus declined at a March 6 Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) hearing to commit the agency to mandating the use of inherently safer technologies (IST) to prevent or reduce the consequences of accidents or attacks at industrial facilities, despite strong urging from several Democratic senators.
Senate environment committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has agreed to a GOP request to postpone a planned markup on legislation creating a new Environmental Protection Agency program governing chemical releases from above-ground storage tanks, a delay that senators hope will allow them time to resolve concerns from states and others as they respond to the recent West Virginia chemical spill.
The petrochemical corporation that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) earlier accused of obstructing its probe into a sulfuric acid leak at a California refinery that reportedly injured two workers is now starting to cooperate with the investigative agency, a CSB source tells Inside OSHA Online.
The Obama administration wants Congress to allow OSHA to inspect work sites with 10 or fewer employees that potentially fall under the agency's process safety management (PSM) standard or the Environmental Protection Agency's Risk Management Program (RMP), which would modify a longstanding congressional mandate that precludes OSHA from inspecting such small businesses.
OSHA has decided to extend by three weeks the comment period on its request for data from stakeholders on whether changes are needed to the process safety management (PSM) and related standards, agreeing to stringent industry requests that the original March 10 deadline be delayed to provide more time for research due to complexity of the proposal and supporting analyses.
Numerous stakeholders, including major trade groups and labor unions, have filed comments on OSHA's proposed rule to revise its recordkeeping regulations, with a major shift to mandating electronic filing and online posting of injury and . . .
OSHA has posted a schedule of public hearings on the agency's proposed rule tackling crystalline silica (see related coverage). The hearings start March 18 and run through April 4.
The National Toxicology Program -- which evaluates potentially hazardous agents and is used widely in the worker health field -- announced an April 16-18, 2014 meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors and requested comments.
The Obama administration released its OSHA budget request as part of its proposed spending plan for the Labor Department in fiscal 2015 (see related story).
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