In its first two years, the Obama administration stepped up the enforcement of rules meant to protect the environment, workers, and consumers, according to a new OMB Watch report. This activity is a welcome development after years of regulatory negligence that likely played a part in the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history and the most fatal coal mine disaster in 40 years.
OSHA’s fall semi-annual regulatory agenda was published in the Federal Register Dec. 20, featuring updates on regulatory actions including the Injury and Illness Prevention Program, modernizing recording and reporting requirements, infectious diseases, hazard communication, combustible dust and more.
Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn will not allow a proposal that would cover health-care costs for Ground Zero workers to go through the Senate before Christmas, a Coburn aide told Washington Wire this morning.
During the past few decades, scientists have become increasingly persuaded that people who suffer brain injuries benefit from what is called cognitive rehabilitation therapy — a lengthy, painstaking process in which patients relearn basic life tasks such as counting, cooking or remembering directions to get home. But despite pressure from Congress and the recommendations of military and civilian experts, the Pentagon’s health plan for troops and many veterans refuses to cover the treatment — a decision that could affect the tens of thousands of service members who have suffered brain damage while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
European airline safety regulators are seeking tighter limits on the hours flight crews may work, but the leading pilots association says the restrictions don’t go far enough.
President Obama is asking federal personnel officials to draft “appropriate workplace accommodations” for federal employees who are nursing mothers.
The star-crossed “Spider-Man” show will go on Wednesday – despite an accident that sent their top stuntman to the hospital. The producers of the seemingly cursed Broadway spectacle agreed on Tuesday to “additional safety protocols” a day after a cable holding actor Christopher Tierney snapped and sent him plunging 30 feet from a platform into a pit below the stage.
Federal workplace safety officials say they’ve been investigating the Broadway production of “Spider-Man” for several weeks — and that the investigation will “certainly” be continuing now.
Federal workplace safety authorities issued a $360,000 fine and several citations to a Norridge, Ill., contractor that allegedly failing to protect workers from trench cave-ins at four suburban worksites.
Eagle Recycling in North Bergen, where there have been two fires in the past seven months, has been fined $71,600 for workplace safety and health hazards, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today.