Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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DOL names new whistleblower advisors

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on Monday announced members of OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC), which aims to advise, consult with and make recommendations to the department on improving the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency . . .

Senate approps, House oversight panels plan Ebola response hearings

Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced a full committee hearing Nov. 6 in Washington on on the U.S. government response to the Ebola outbreak. The Senate hearing follows a similar probe last week by . . .

Outreach training program focuses partly on young workers

OSHA is inviting proposals to provide OSHA 10- and 30-hour Outreach Training Program online courses in the construction, general and maritime industries, and targeted training for young workers, the agency said Wednesday (Oct. 8). Agency . . .

OSHA teams with FCC, industry on cell tower safety

OSHA and the Federal Communications Commission met with a trade group representing cell tower companies on Tuesday in Washington to discuss ways of preventing worker deaths in the telecommunications industry. OSHA has put an intense . . .

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Worker Health Experts Urge OSHA To Rapidly Issue Infectious Disease Rule Due To Ebola Crisis

Industrial health experts are urgently calling on OSHA, and also taking their case directly to the White House, to move forward as rapidly as possible on a rulemaking to tackle infectious diseases in health care settings -- pressure that follows close on the heels of at least two U.S. health workers testing positive for the Ebola virus.

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Nurses Union: Give Ebola Czar Power To Cut Medicare Funds If Hospitals Don't Protect Workers

The National Nurses Union said the president's decision to tap a White House Ebola czar falls short unless the administration gives the czar power to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funds at hospitals that don't meet the highest uniform, national workplace safety standards.

EPA Receives Conflicting Comments On Worker Protection Standards From SBA, States, Congress

The Environmental Protection Agency is receiving conflicting comments on its proposed revisions to its worker protection standards (WPS) for agricultural pesticides, with House Democrats and some state health officials urging stronger protections while the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and state agriculture departments are calling on EPA to overhaul the rule.

CSB Touts Impact Of Industrial Safety Recommendations, Success Of Closure Rate

Federal chemical safety officials cite the high closure rate of their recommendations to improve industrial site safety as demonstrating the value of the investigative activities, as the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) comes under increased scrutiny on Capitol Hill over rampant allegations of dysfunction and whistleblower reprisal.

OSHA Floats New Ways Of Setting Risk, Economic Feasibility In Bid To Update PELs

OSHA officials are asking stakeholders to consider whether major changes should be made to the agency's rulemaking procedures in order to possibly expedite changes to workplace chemical exposure limits – a concept detailed in a recently issued request for information (RFI) on how the agency should approach updates to permissible exposure limits (PELs).

Ebola Scare Ensnares Health Worker Community As Infection Transmitted In U.S.

Worldwide concern over outbreaks of Ebola disease has hit home in the U.S. health care sector as a nurse in Dallas who cared for a now-deceased patient with the virus has contracted the disease, despite use of full personal protective equipment (PPE), putting new pressure on employers to institute comprehensive infection control programs that include site-specific training of employees.

Congressman Urges Study Of Potential Health Risks Posed By Artificial Turf

A Democratic lawmaker is calling on federal toxicology experts to study the possibility of human health risks from exposure to artificial field turf containing particles from recycled rubber tires, saying the tires often contain numerous chemicals considered carcinogens, including benzene, arsenic and phthalates, among others.

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Agency Asks For Feedback On Rim Wheel Rule Data Collection

OSHA has filed a notice in the Federal Register asking stakeholders to comment on its proposal with the Office of Management and Budget to extend data collection requirements under the standard on servicing multi-piece and . . .

OSHA Seeks Feedback On Data Collection For Tandem Lifts Rule

OSHA is seeking public comments concerning its proposal to extend White House Budget Office approval of data collection specified by the standard on vertical tandem lifts in marine terminals.

Comments For ACUS Urge Process For Continuous Reg Review

The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) should issue recommendations encouraging the government to set out a process for continuous retrospective review of rules, according to comments submitted by Jim Tozzi, former regulatory czar in . . .

HHS Checklist Advises Health Community On Ebola Preparedness

A new checklist crafted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and other experts aims to "increase understanding of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) . . .

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