Section 103 of the food safety bill (S.510), will require food manufacturers to identify food safety hazards and fix them. The legislative text sounds similar to part of what OSHA chief David Michaels has been describing as an injury and illness prevention program (I2P2).
Yesterday, the Senate passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which imposes stricter food safety standards and grants the Food and Drug Administration greater authority to regulate tainted food. To ensure that workers can disclose food safety concerns without fear of reprisal, Congress included in the FMSA a robust whistleblower protection provision (Section 402) that protects workers engaged in the manufacture, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, reception, holding, or importation of food.
Republican leaders in the Maine House and Senate have delayed plans to eliminate the Labor Committee from the list of Joint Select Committees within the Maine Legislature.
In a continued crackdown on coal mines with histories of serious safety and health violations, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued notices that 13 mines will be placed in a special stepped-safety enforcement program unless mine owners begin immediate corrective actions.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week assured an Oregon congressman that it shares his concern over Brazilian Blowout, a popular salon hair smoother, after laboratory tests showed it contained formaldehyde even when bottles were labeled “formaldehyde-free.”
A steel worker sued a subcontractor for burns and other injuries he suffered during a July explosion at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works.