The White House rewrote crucial sections of an Interior Department report to suggest an independent group of scientists and engineers supported a six-month ban on offshore oil drilling, the Interior inspector general says in a new report.
Significant new requirements in two rules covering equipment and workplace safety at offshore oil and gas operations have been put into place by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEM).
Before the BP oil spill fades from memory, experts are sounding alarms about the risk of the next big disaster occurring where cleanup could be far more difficult–the Arctic.
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration revealed more problems have been found related to the most widely used model of self-contained self-rescue devices in U.S. coal mines.
Facing a Republican majority in the House and a slimmer Democratic majority in the Senate, President Obama and administrative agencies may increasingly turn toward regulation to accomplish policy goals. In contrast, new lawmakers and congressional leaders vow to use their power to roll back regulations, cut spending, and shrink the size of government.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) Monday challenged the heads of four federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, to review the Tribune’s findings that commuters and rail workers might be exposed to “high levels” of Diesel soot at Chicago’s Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center.
For the thousands who poured blood and sweat into the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center, the ghosts of Ground Zero may finally be receding—at least in legal terms. An extended deadline is approaching for a massive legal settlement that would attempt to compensate emergency responders, construction workers, and clean-up workers for the monstrous health impacts that thousands still suffer long after toiling on the “pile” after 9/11.
This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, which was passed in response to the problem of healthcare workers being exposed to bloodborne pathogens (HIV, hepatitis, etc.) via sharps injuries. The Act directed OSHA to modify its existing bloodborne pathogen standard to require that employers update their exposure control plans to reflect advances in technology (e.g., needleless systems and sharps with injury protection); maintain sharps injury logs; and solicit input from non-managerial employees potentially exposed to contaminated sharps.
Test conducted by Oregon OSHA demonstrate, that when heated, Brazilian Blowout releases the dangerous gas. We took the issue to the state office that regulates workplace safety.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a $53,550 fine against a San Antonio printing company for 19 alleged violations, including leaving workers vulnerable to amputations from improper machine guarding, failing to provide guardrails on elevated working areas to protect employees from falls, not ensuring electrical deficiencies were repaired and maintained, and not providing training on the use of hazardous chemicals and methods to control hazardous energy.