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Union details 12-point plan to beef up OSHA enforcement (4/30)

April 29, 2009
At a House hearing on April 28, AFL-CIO Director of Safety and Health Peg Seminario outlined a 12-plan to put real “teeth” into OSHA enforcement, as she described. With an administration and Labor Secretary sympathetic to union concerns and grievances, you can be sure Seminario’s views are echoing in the Department of Labor. Acting OSHA chief Jordan Barab’s former boss on Capitol Hill, Rep.George Miller (D-CA), sponsored the April 28 hearing and introduced legislation the previous week to beef up OSHA enforcement. Barab has been quoted in internal OSHA emails as vowing to recharge OSHA enforcement and reinvigorate the agency.
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House hearing asks: Are OSHA penalties tough enough? (4/30)

April 29, 2009
Following last week’s introduction of H.R. 2067, The Protecting America’s Workers Act, the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing April 28 on whether OSHA laws ensure that employers who fail to protect their workers are adequately penalized and deterred from committing future violations.
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Heads up: Under-reporting of job injuries to grab the spotlight in 2009 (4/30)

April 29, 2009
With a friendly administration in the White House and Democrats in control of Congress, unions are pushing hard for changes in how the federal government researches and reports annual injury and illnesses.
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AFL-CIO report rips Bush administration's OSHA management (4/30)

April 29, 2009
In its annual report on the state of job safety and health protections and performance, timed to be released on Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, the AFL-CIO this year savaged the Bush administration’s handling of OSHA affairs.
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Labor Secretary Solis comes out swinging on OSHA standards front (4/30)

April 29, 2009
Who says OSHA needs a full-time administrator, nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, to steer the agency? Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is taking it upon herself to be the kind of job safety activist the Labor Department has not seen in years, if not decades.
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House hearing to probe reported failures of OSHA's targeting program for high-risk employers (4/30)

April 29, 2009
The Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, April 30 on the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Enhanced Enforcement Program.
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"OSHA hardening" bill aims to strengthen penalties, protect more workers, and increase whistleblower protections (4/30)

April 29, 2009
Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee, led by U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, introduced legislation April 23 that “would help the nation’s health and safety agencies to hold unscrupulous employers accountable for exposing their workers to preventable hazards,” according to a committee press release.
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OSHA convenes rulemaking panel on worker exposure to diacetyl (4/29)

April 29, 2009
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis 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, according to an OSHA press release.
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Labor Secretary Solis speaks at memorial monument ceremony; reveals OSHA plans for Recovery Act funds (4/29)

April 29, 2009
During a groundbreaking ceremony for a workers’ memorial monument held at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md., Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis paid tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives on the job, according to an OSHA press release.
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EPA reexamines three New Source Review rules (4/29)

April 29, 2009
EPA notified petitioners of its intent to reconsider portions of three rules under its New Source Review (NSR) permitting program, an agency press release noted.
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