OSHA will hold a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) July 15, 2009, to discuss topics including the agency's recordkeeping initiative and ethics rules.
EPA has identified the hardrock mining industry as its priority for developing financial assurance requirements. Financial assurance requirements help ensure that owners and operators of these facilities, not taxpayers, foot the bill for environmental cleanup. These requirements will be developed under section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly called “Superfund.” EPA plans to propose the rule by spring of 2011. The agency will publish a notice of this priority in the Federal Register, which is the first step toward developing the requirements.
For the fourth consecutive year, Kathy A. Seabrook, CMIOSH (U.K.), CSP (U.S.) presented an annual “Global Safety and Health Briefing” at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Annual Professional Development Conference, held this year in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Close to 2,000 attendees of the 48th annual American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition gathered to hear corporate executives discuss why safety and health is key for their company’s success at the “Executive Summit.” Their remarks were described in a press release issued by ASSE.
OMB Watch has published a report that explores the impacts of secrecy labeling practices within the federal government. The report, Controlled Unclassified Information: Recommendations for Information Control Reform,shines a light on how government withholds unclassified information from the American people and offers recommendations on how to balance the need to protect sensitive materials with the duty to disclose information to the public.
EPA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Indian Health Service (IHS) have announced $90 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for improved access to vital drinking water and wastewater services in the American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The funds will be invested in ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure projects designed to better protect human and environmental health in Indian Country and to create jobs.
In this challenging economy, even those who are fortunate enough to keep their jobs can feel stressed by increased workloads and uncertainty at work. The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) has released a white paper detailing ways that employees can manage work-related stress with greater self-advocacy and interventions.