OSHA has issued the Bridgford Foods Processing Corp. facility in Chicago 10 safety citations for failing to implement and provide training for workers on lockout/tagout procedures, thereby exposing them to energized equipment. The meat processing plant is facing proposed penalties of $212,000.
The Gulf oil disaster was forseeable and preventable, and similar large-scale catastrophes are likely in the future unless serious reforms are undertaken, according to a report just released by the Oil Spill Commission.
A new type of lung cancer screening may help workers who are at increased risk for the disease because of past occupational exposures, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
While a recent report from OMB Watch criticized the Obama administration for moving too slowly on regulatory enforcement during its first two years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce describes the same period as having "an unprecedented exposion of new regulatory activity."
High rates of injury and illness -- and the specialized nature of some occupations -- are getting the maritime industry special attention from OSHA. Secretary of Labor Hilda L.Solis plans to re-establish the agency's Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, according to an agency press release.
Although the fluoridation of drinking water has been called one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century, recent findings from the National Academies of Science suggest that we may be getting too much of a good thing.
Director of Regulatory Policy at OMB Watch Rick Melberth called the Obama administration "far more serious" than the Bush administration about crafting workable regulations and enforcement mechanisms to protect people and the environment. However, the report concludes that expected improvements to the process are largely "stalled out."