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House subcommittee examines OSHA's "flawed" Enhanced Enforcement Program (5/1)

May 1, 2009
Witnesses who testified yesterday before the Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee said that a special worker health and safety program that targets employers who repeatedly put their workers at risk is not working and needs to be refocused, according to a press release.
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NFPA cooks up safe grilling tips (5/1)

May 1, 2009
In 2003-2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 7,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year, causing 120 reported injuries and $80 million in direct property damage, according to information from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
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Combustible dust: OSHA to issue Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (4/30)

May 1, 2009
OSHA is commencing a comprehensive rulemaking on combustible dust, according to an agency press release.
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"Perfect Storm" for OSHA reform gathers force in Washington (4/30)

May 1, 2009
Brace yourself. The Occupational Safety and Health Act stands a better chance now of being seriously amended than at any time since it was first written in 1970. How so? The move by Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania to the Democratic Party combined with what seems to be the probable court-confirmed victory of Al Franken to take his seat on the Democratic side of the Senate would give the Democrats a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, plus a majority in the House and of course a Democrat in the White House.
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WHO raises pandemic alert to Phase 5 - "strong signal that a pandemic is imminent" (4/30)

April 30, 2009
On April 29, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan announced that “based on assessment of all available information, and following several expert consultations, I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5.”
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Combustible dust: OSHA to issue Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (4/30)

April 30, 2009
OSHA is commencing a comprehensive rulemaking on combustible dust, according to an agency press release.
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"Perfect Storm" for OSHA reform gathers force in Washington (4/30)

April 30, 2009
Brace yourself. The Occupational Safety and Health Act stands a better chance now of being seriously amended than at any time since it was first written in 1970. How so? The move by Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania to the Democratic Party combined with what seems to be the probable court-confirmed victory of Al Franken to take his seat on the Democratic side of the Senate would give the Democrats a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, plus a majority in the House and of course a Democrat in the White House.
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MSHA urges public to "Stay Out and Stay Alive" (4/30)

April 30, 2009
For the 11th consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched its annual "Stay Out-Stay Alive" public safety campaign to warn outdoor enthusiasts - especially children - about the dangers of playing on mine property, according to an MSHA press statement.
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OSHA to target enforcement at stimulus package-related projects (4/30)

April 29, 2009
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), hundreds of billions of federal dollars will be disseminated to employers across the country for various infrastructure and industrial growth projects. These will include major construction activity as well as the development and expansion of existing and new technologies, according to an OSHA press release.
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Labor Secretary Solis: Imperative to act fast to reduce worker exposure to food flavorings containing diacetyl (4/30)

April 29, 2009
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on April 28 announced that OSHA will convene a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panel May 5 on a draft proposed rule on occupational exposure to diacetyl and food flavorings containing diacetyl.
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