Exercising to reduce stress may not increase productivity
Employees who exercise to manage high job stress may actually have reduced levels of work productivity, suggests a study in the October Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
OSHA reopens reporting rule for more comments
OSHA will accept comments until Oct. 28 on its proposed requirement that covered employers report any work-related fatality or in-patient hospitalization within eight hours, and all work-related amputations within 24 hours, to the agency.
Seattle becomes third US city to mandate paid sick leave
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on Sep 23 signed legislation ensuring workers in all but the city’s smallest businesses paid sick leave, according to a press release from the Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce, a group of 75 organizations that supported the law.
California senators to Rand Paul: Stop blocking pipeline safety bill
California’s two Democratic senators are pressing Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to end his procedural “hold” on pipeline safety legislation they call needed in the wake of a 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion San Bruno, California that killed eight people.
Labor officials blame working conditions for blast that killed 5 at storage bunker
Hawaii labor officials are blaming what they termed “unsafe working conditions” for an explosion that killed five men at a fireworks storage bunker earlier this year. The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said in a report released Friday that it was seeking fines of $415,000 from Donaldson Enterprises Inc. for the blast in April.
OSHA investigating DuPont illnesses
Federal workplace safety officials have launched an investigation of the illnesses of three workers last week at the DuPont Co. chemical plant in Belle. Last week, on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, two DuPont employees and one contractor were sent to the hospital after they felt ill while working in the same area of the Belle facility.
Massive explosion and fire at Texas chemical plant causes public safety concerns
A huge explosion this morning at the Magnablend chemical plant in Waxahachie, Texas caused a massive fire which created a potentially dangerous situation for the area around the plant. According to preliminary reports from the Waxahachie fire chief, the explosion was caused by a bad reaction to the mixing of chemicals. The plant is a custom chemical manufacturing and blending plant that also packages chemicals.