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The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and environmental groups are suing to compel the Trump administration to finalize EPA’s Obama-era proposed ban on use of methylene chloride in paint strippers, claiming that the June 2016 revised toxics law requires the agency to protect workers from unreasonable risks.

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Exxon Mobil is urging an appellate court to uphold a ruling that barred the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) from enforcing document requests about chemicals that are stored on site but not released as a result of an incident, arguing the Clean Air Act does not provide CSB with power to subpoena for documents related to “potential” releases.

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is urging the Trump administration to ensure that EPA’s final rule banning use of methylene chloride in paint strippers protects workers by covering most commercial uses, fearing that the agency is likely to rely on a proposed training program in lieu of a comprehensive ban on the substance’s paint-stripping uses.

Citing worker safety and other risks, food safety advocates are urging the Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to halt approval of line speed wavers for poultry processing plants and to reopen the comment period for a 2014 final rule after a Georgia plant was granted a waiver despite failing a required safety inspection.

Labor groups are petitioning the Trump administration to retract a proposed Labor Department (DOL) rule easing child labor safety laws in the health sector because it violates the Information Quality Act (IQA), a little-used law that courts have found to be unenforceable, though advocates say the petition could bolster a future suit under other laws.

Taking a page out of Republicans' playbook, House Democrats are trying to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to rescind the Trump OSHA's rule rolling back Obama-era recordkeeping requirements, a messaging exercise as the effort will almost certainly not be considered in the GOP-controlled Senate.

House Democrats have reintroduced and expanded legislation seeking to strengthen the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act by covering additional workers and bolstering protections for whistleblowers while also enhancing penalties, though an employers’ attorney suggests the bill is unlikely to pass the Senate or reach the president’s desk.

Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), incoming chairwoman of the House subcommittee overseeing worker safety is aiming to ensure vigorous OSHA enforcement, block Trump administration rollback of worker safety rules and reduce opioid abuse among construction workers but says boosting the minimum wage is her top priority.

NIOSH in a new research plan is outlining steps for addressing research gaps preventing regulators from better understanding nanomaterials’ potential risks to workers, while also noting that continued introductions of novel nano-scale substances present an ongoing challenge to understanding and addressing risks.

A federal district judge is ordering the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) to issue within one year a final rule requiring chemical facilities to report their accidental releases, backing health and public interest groups’ claims that CSB has unreasonably delayed the rule that could inform worker protections and is mandated by law.

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Almost two years since her appointment, OSHA's acting administrator has tapped a long-time GOP Capitol Hill labor aide as her chief of staff, providing key high-level support as officials continue to wait for Senate Democrats to lift their hold on Scott Mugno, the Trump administration's nominee to lead the agency.

Jordan Barab, OSHA's deputy administration during the Obama administration, has joined the House Education and Labor Committee to work on new worker safety legislation and help lead OSHA oversight hearings and investigations for the Democratic majority.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has indefinitely delayed a Feb. 6 hearing to consider the nomination of former FedEx executive Scott Mugno, who the Trump administration first nominated to lead OSHA in 2017, and who faces slim prospects for confirmation given senators’ differences over labor personnel.

The Labor Department’s (DOL) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has agreed to review DOL’s proposed rule allowing teenage healthcare workers to independently operate patient lifts as part of a broader investigation into the agency’s rulemaking processes, following a letter from Democratic lawmakers faulting the Trump administration’s rule.