American Industrial Hygiene Association Government Affairs Director Aaron Trippler reports in his “Happenings from the Hill” that Congress is unlikely to focus on occupational health and safety issues in post-healthcare legislative maneuvering.
Working the nightshift interferes with sleep, particularly for workers in their 30s and 40s, reports a study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), according to a press release.
ASSE announced in a recent press release that the organization has teamed up with the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearing House to hold a free webinar on work zone safety April 21 at 1 p.m. EDT. To register for the free webinar, go to http://www.workzonesafety.org/training/record/10234 .
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in a press release that the agency expects more than 125,000 renovation and remodeling contractors to be trained in lead-safe work practices by April 22, the effective date for a rule requiring such training. The agency is on target to implement the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, which will protect millions of children from lead poisoning, on April 22, 2010.
The United Steelworkers (USW) this week condemned remarks made by oil industry trade associations in the aftermath of the Tesoro refinery explosion and fire April 2 in Anacortes, Wash., that killed five and severely injured two others.
In the aftermath of the disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh Co., W. Va., the safety history at that mine and of Massey Energy overall is “troubling and demands a tough investigation” moving forward, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts said in a prepared statement.
“As the nation grieves with the families of at least 25 mine workers who died in West Virginia Monday, we must confront a terrible truth: workers in a wide range of industries face horrific risks on the job. Just last week, six workers died from an explosion at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, WA. In February, five workers died from an explosion in a rush to build a power plant in Connecticut,” said Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union in a prepared statement regarding the West Virginia mine disaster.