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OSHA opens up: Fatality reports and injury rates now online (2/23)

For the first time, the agency is allowing the public to look at establishment or industry-specific injury and illness data. The workplace injury and illness data is available at www.osha.gov/pls/odi/establishment_search.html
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Deja vu all over again: OSHA gets tough and ambitious

OSHA boss Dr. David Michaels has had few opportunities so far (he arrived at the agency December 9) to publicly articulate his plans. There have been no press conferences, one on one interviews, congressional testimony, and but a handful of speeches.
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Budget cuts threaten VPP growth (2/23)

The growth of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program has been one of the most dynamic job safety and health stories in recent years. Founded during the Reagan administration in 1982, VPP dawdled along largely off the radar screen until the mid-1990s. From ’82 to ’94, the number of federal and state plan VPP worksites increased from 11 to 180.
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State OSHA plans confront funding crunch, increased oversight (2/23)

Currently 22 states and jurisdictions operate complete occupational safety and health state plans (covering both the private sector and state and local government employees) and five - Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and the Virgin Islands - cover public employees only.
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Ergo krypto-dynamite: MSD reporting proposal scares U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2/23)

Business groups in Washington react to any mention of ergonomics like Superman confronting kryptonite. They want absolutely nothing to do with it.
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Sudden impact: Labor Secretary Solis's first year at DOL (2/23)

Hilda Solis was confirmed as Secretary of Labor almost one year ago to the day, February 24, 2009. Her boss, President Obama is now widely criticized and questioned in the press as an indecisive leader.
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Look who's back: Six McWane sites earn VPP status (2/23)

McWane, Inc., based in Birmingham, Alabama, a manufacturer of cast iron pipes and one of America’s largest privately owned companies, employing over 7,500 people and generating an estimated $1.75 billion in operating revenues, is embracing OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program as one way of rebounding from a series of high-profile press reports in 2003 describing McWane as one of the most dangerous work places in America, with multiple deaths occurring at its numerous foundries.
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EPA chief briefs Senators on agency plans for 2010 (2/23)

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson issued a letter responding to a letter sent to her the evening of February 19 by eight U.S. Senators asking about the agency’s plans for 2010.
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Cummins Inc. agrees to pay $2.1 million penalty for diesel engine Clean Air Act violations (2/23)

Cummins Inc., a major motor vehicle engine company based in Columbus, Ind., will pay a $2.1 million penalty and recall 405 engines under a settlement agreement resolving violations of the Clean Air Act, EPA and the Justice Department announced yesterday.
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The weekly toll: 20 recent fatality reports to OSHA (2/23)

These 20 reports describe the most recent incidents posted on OSHA’s web site.
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