A watchdog group is accusing the Obama administration of putting public relations ahead of scientific integrity in its communications about the Gulf oil spill.
OSHA has announced that it has temporarily withdrawn from review by the Office of Management and Budget its proposal to restore a column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders on employer injury and illness logs. The agency has taken this action to seek greater input from small businesses on the impact of the proposal and will do so through outreach in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.
We are mystified by today’s announcement that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is suspending its proposed rule to restore a tracking mechanism for work-related musculoskeletal disorders on employer injury and illness logs.
The US House of Representatives Tuesday fulfilled a Republican pledge to cut federal spending by passing a bill that would to return the government’s budget to the fiscal 2008 level. The bill, which would roll back non-security discretionary spending to levels before the massive economic stimulus measure was enacted, could curtail efforts to improve oversight of offshore drilling operations, sought in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon accident, by denying the funding that the White House has sought for added inspectors.
Today, Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY)– the House sponsors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act– sent a letter to Dr. John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), requesting a public meeting in New York City to answer questions about how the new law will be implemented.
After saying in December they would wait for a state report to determine if there were any lessons to be learned in the death of a police recruit, city leaders now plan a full review. The recruit died Dec. 18 after a series of blows to his head earlier in the month during defensive training. The Police Department initially mentioned only a collision with another recruit as a possible cause of his injuries, but public records showed that Kohn had been punched in the head in drills by instructors before and after the collision.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Drive Power Inc. of Newnan, Ga., $79.350 for alleged multiple health and safety violations.
The report on a months-long federal investigation at The Acadia Hospital was released on Tuesday and cited the hospital for failing to provide a safe workplace for employees. The investigation by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration also faulted the hospital for inadequately documenting work-related injuries and imposed a total fine of $11,700.
A company that employed a worker who died in an accident on the University of Iowa campus Monday was cited for safety violations in 2009 that regulators said put employees’ lives in danger during another project near UI, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.