The Justice Department announced a settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Blockbuster Inc. to ensure equal access to its stores nationwide for individuals with disabilities who use service animals.
This week President Obama sent a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies outlining a new plan to protect Federal workers on the job: “The Presidential POWER Initiative: Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment.”
As heat stress can cause workplace injuries and illness, the American Society of Safety Engineers says it is important for workers to be protected against the heat, sun exposure and other hazards that could result in severe injury.
A U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) case study released yesterday on the 2009 explosion and fire at the Veolia ES Technical Solutions L.L.C. facility in West Carrollton, Ohio, calls on the industry to improve safety standards covering hazardous waste processing, handling, and storage facilities. The Board also recommended that fire protection codes be revised to require companies to determine safe distances between occupied buildings and potentially hazardous operating areas.
On Wednesday the Committee on Education and Labor of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 30-17 to approve the most significant changes to laws governing OSHA and MSHA since the creation of the agencies in 1970.