OSHA says whistleblowers covered by one of 22 statutes administered by the agency will now be able to file complaints online through a web-based form, providing workers who allege they have been retaliated against a . . .
A recent NIOSH study appears to link workplace bullying with missed work days, showing that more than 7.6 percent of working Americans reported they were mistreated at their workplace in 2010, and this mistreatment was . . .
NIOSH scientists in a newly issued document identify and describe strategies for the engineering control of worker exposure during the production or use of engineered nanomaterials. The recommendations come as the emerging markets for nanotechnology . . .
OSHA has cited an Illinois company for one alleged serious safety violation following the June 25 death of a worker whom the agency says developed heat stroke at a job site in Chicago. The citation . . .
OSHA is eying the possibility of making several major changes to its process safety management (PSM) standard, designed to protect workers from catastrophic events inside chemical plants, and process safety enforcement policies, according to sources who say the agency's thinking may be reflected in a series of questions OSHA is asking about how regulators could improve the PSM and related standards.
Some industry advocates view the Obama administration's latest regulatory agenda for OSHA as fitting hand-in-glove with a more aggressive stance in the safety and health arena on both the standards and enforcement fronts, possibly emblematic of a tougher overall emphasis on regulations in the president's second term.
OSHA officials are signaling that a draft proposal for new regulations to protect workers from beryllium exposures could be released in the next few months, sources tell Inside OSHA Online, noting that the agency intends to update a group of advisors on the rulemaking later this week.
The partial shutdown of the federal government that ran over two weeks in October had a substantial impact on workplace safety and health enforcement efforts nationwide, the White House says in a recent report, with OSHA unable to conduct most of its usual inspection regimen with most compliance officers furloughed.
OSHA has set next spring as the new time frame for commencing a small business impact review of a proposed rule that would tackle the complex issue of combustible dust hazards in the workplace, according to the Labor Department's new regulatory agenda, released by the White House alongside other agencies' last week.
OSHA chief David Michaels found himself answering the same basic question, albeit phrased different ways, several times in a conference call on OSHA's campaign to inform employers of chemical hazards: How could the agency somehow leverage the newly available resources in a hypothetical enforcement action? Each time his answer was basically the same: OSHA has no plans to use the educational push as an enforcement tool. But still, questions linger – with industry persistently raising apprehensions about how the new data tools propagated by the agency could be used.
OSHA plans to implement several changes to its mechanical power press rule including removal of a paperwork requirement involved in weekly inspections of the machinery -- revisions the agency says will contribute to an administration-wide effort to reduce regulatory burdens wherever possible.
NIOSH is requesting technical reviews of the draft skin notations and supporting technical documents for 25 chemicals. The review is consistent with the process used for the publication of the first 20 Skin Notation Profiles, the research . . .
Public health agencies including NIOSH are voicing concern about the health impacts of environmental tobacco smoke in the workplace. A Massachusetts epidemiologist writes in a NIOSH science blog that recent surveillance findings in that state . . .
OSHA has scheduled a public meeting Jan. 9 in Washington to hear comments on a proposed rule to require large firms to report workplace injuries and illnesses quarterly, and to make other recordkeeping revisions (see . . .
The American Medical Association House of Delegates on Tuesday (Nov. 19) adopted by unanimous vote a resolution, introduced by the American Thoracic Society, endorsing OSHA's proposed rule to reduce crystalline silica exposures (see related story).
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