You might want to go out and purchase a copy of Doubt is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health (Oxford University Press, 2008), written by Dr. David Michaels, research professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Several sources tell ISHN that Dr. Michaels is very close to being named by the Obama administration as permanent assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) commends OSHA on its recent decision to implement a multi-tiered enforcement program to ensure worker protection on projects related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), according to an AIHA press release
Four Indian human rights activists connected to the Bhopal chemical disaster of 1984 will be in the San Francisco Bay Area May 26 and 27 as part of a two-dozen city tour of the United States intended to raise awareness about the ongoing human suffering in this central Indian region, according to a press release issued by coordinators of the tour, the International Campaign for Justice In Bhopal.
OSHA is cracking down on fraudulent trainers by improving how trainers become authorized to teach and ensuring these trainers are in compliance with OSHA program guidelines, according to an agency press release.
Georgia-Pacific, a manufacturing company headquartered in Atlanta, has agreed to perform remedial work at an estimated cost of nearly $13 million to contain two former disposal areas within the Kalamazoo River Superfund site in Allegan and Kalamazoo Counties, Mich., the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.
To remind Americans to practice sun-safe behaviors on Memorial Day weekend and the rest of summer, EPA’s SunWise Program and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention have designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day.” Skin cancer is largely preventable; however, new cases of melanoma, the most deadly of skin cancers, continue to rise at a faster rate than the seven most common cancers, according to the EPA.
In a letter to Jordan Barab, acting director of OSHA, AFL-CIO Safety and Health Director Peg Seminario urges the agency to take immediate action to protect healthcare workers, responders and other at high risk from workplace exposure to the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.
"OSHA's Process Safety Management standard contains specific requirements that are essential to the safety and health of workers in the petroleum refining industry, and it is crucial that employers follow these safety and health requirements," said Stephen Boyd, OSHA's area director in Dallas. "If Delek had followed OSHA's standards, it is possible this tragic accident could have been avoided."
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it has paid more than $400 million in compensation and medical benefits to Colorado residents under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).