OSHA partnered with construction contractors, the Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia and local government organizations to sponsor a safety stand-down hour at local construction sites around Georgia on Tuesday, Nov. 9, according to an agency press release
Many smokers also use smokeless tobacco, according to new data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that covers use of smokeless tobacco in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The data show that the rates of smokers who also use smokeless tobacco, including chew tobacco and snuff, range from 0.9 percent in Puerto Rico to 13.7 percent in Wyoming, a CDC press release states.
OSHA has cited Amtec Corp., a contractor at the U.S. Army's Space & Missile Defense Command, Redstone Arsenal, in Huntsville for safety violations following an explosion that killed two workers, according to an agency press release.
Cal/OSHA recently implemented updated safety standards for employees working in outdoor heat, according to a press release. The revisions to the Heat Illness Prevention Standard, approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board on Aug. 19, became effective on Nov. 4th. The revised standards provide clarification of the shade requirement, including temperature triggers and address high-heat requirements.
In an unprecedented legal move, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, according to a press release, has filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky a motion for preliminary injunction against Freedom Energy Mining Co.'s Mine No. 1. Located in Pike County, Ky., Freedom's Mine No. 1 is owned by Massey Energy Co.
In a national survey of U.S. Manufacturing Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and senior comptrollers conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, only 18 percent plan to increase hiring in the next six months, while 22 percent plan to decrease hiring, a recent press release states. In addition, a large majority believe that the best way to create jobs is to cut corporate and personal tax rates and that the U.S. economy will not recover until the second half of 2011 or later.
Nineteen months after she fled her federal sentencing hearing, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fugitive Albania Deleon was captured on Saturday in the Dominican Republic, the agency announced in a recent press release. Dominican law enforcement authorities with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service, arrested Deleon, who had disguised her appearance and assumed a false identity, following a vehicle stop. Deleon was wanted by EPA for certifying individuals as having asbestos removal training when they never took the required course.
Mothers and doctors should think twice before diagnosing the flu, says one University of Missouri (MU) researcher, according to a recent press release. The illness could be Q fever, a disease that is very similar to the flu and on the rise around the world, due to an ability to replicate in almost any animal before infecting humans, the release states.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2011 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with information about estimated mileage and fuel costs for model year 2011 vehicles, according to an EPA press release. Choosing a more fuel efficient vehicle in a class will save consumers money and reduce carbon pollution.