“Introduction to OSHA,” a new training component emphasizing workers' rights, is required content in every OSHA 10- and 30-hour Outreach Training Program class, according to a recent OSHA press release. OSHA developed the information in support of the Secretary of Labor's goal of strengthening the voice of workers.
The American Public Health Association (APHA) applauds the Senate for opposing a measure that would have blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act that significantly contribute to climate change and threaten public health, according to a recent press release.
Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the leading product safety testing organization, is encouraging families not to take a “vacation” from safety this summer. In a recent press release, the organization offered some simple grilling, pool and play set safety tips:
Poor health is the most important reason why workers decide to take early retirement, but factors such as high work pressure and low job satisfaction also play a role, reports a study in the June Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), according to an ACOEM press release.
The federal on scene coordinator for the BP Deepwater Horizon response and OSHA announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) concerning worker safety and health issues related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a recent press release.
Jordan Barab, deputy assistant secretary for OSHA, testified last week before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety. Part of his prepared statement appears below:
American Public Health Association announced in a recent press release that the organization has launched a new website that spotlights a range of issues related to health and the environment. From chemical exposure, food systems and the built environment to climate change and challenges currently facing the environmental public health workforce, along with emerging issues such as the Gulf Coast oil spill.
To protect the health and safety of Gulf oil spill cleanup workers amid rising summer temperatures, the Unified Area Command has established a policy requiring all on-shore and near-shore cleanup workers to follow a work/rest cycle to ensure their safety and well-being â€” which is determined based on the heat index, type of work being performed and required protective clothing.
In a letter to Sen. Mike Enzi, (R-WY), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) President Michael Brandt throws the AIHA’s support behind Enzi’s bill to protect OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program, which has received lukewarm backing from OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels and his leadership team.
At the direction of President Obama, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis traveled to Louisiana yesterday to inspect efforts to ensure the health, safety and well-being of workers affected by the BP oil spill. During a two-day tour, she will meet with beach cleanup workers in Port Fourchon, La.; discuss worker safety efforts with OSHA staff; and visit the Terrebonne Career Solutions Center, where she will meet with Vietnamese workers affected by the spill.