A recent study published in the Annals of Family Medicine reports that being angry more than quadruples a personâ€™s odds of being injured, and being hostile increases those odds sixfold. Not surprisingly, the study also reports that being angry at work increased the odds of a workplace injury occurring.
At long last OSHA published a new standard in the Feb. 28 Federal Register that covers occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium in general industry, construction and shipyards. The new standard lowers OSHA's permissible exposure limit (PEL) for hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)), and for all Cr(VI) compounds, from 52 to 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air as an 8-hour time-weighted average.
President Bushâ€™s budget request of $483.7 million for OSHA in fiscal year 2007 represents an increase of $11.2 million over FY 2006 and includes boosts for federal enforcement, compliance assistance and safety and health statistics, Jonathan L. Snare, acting OSHA chief, announced last month.
Experts say "employees with chronic work stress have more than double the odds" of suffering from metabolic syndrome than do "those without work stress, after other risk factors are taken into account," according to a report on www.mydna.com.
As BP continues its efforts to bring its 1,200-acre Texas City refinery back online, the work is being watched closely by OSHA, the Galveston County Daily News reports. Agency inspectors have been conducting unit-by-unit oversight of the work.
President Bushâ€™s nominee to head OSHA, Edwin G. Foulke Jr., told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Jan. 31 that if confirmed he would work to make the agency more proactive in preventing workplace deaths and fatalities.
Thousands of West Virginia miners got safety lectures at the start of their shifts, and officials began a round of inspections across the No. 2 coal-producing state Thursday, Feb. 2, in a "timeout" urged by the governor, according to the Associated Press.
In light of major layoffs at Ford Motor Co., Michigan lawmakers last month passed a bill to block the state from adopting new workplace safety rules they say can only add to Michigan's job woes, according to the Detroit News.
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