The Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) recently brought the case of the unsolved murder of its organizer Santiago Rafael Cruz before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington D.C., according to an AFL-CIO press release.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking recommendations from small business on whether insect repellents applied to the skin should continue to be exempt from federal pesticide regulation, according to an EPA press release. In another sign of transparency, the agency is also taking a new approach to obtaining small business views on this matter.
Contradicting what most parents might think, participation in team sports doesn’t necessarily result in teenage boys adopting healthier behaviors. Instead, new research finds that it is actually associated with increased fighting and drinking.
John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods Inc., and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods of the Carolinas Inc., based in Atlanta, Ga., have agreed to pay a $350,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.
A new EPA study shows concentrations of toxic chemicals in fish tissue from lakes and reservoirs in nearly all 50 U.S. states, according to an agency press release. For the first time, EPA is able to estimate the percentage of lakes and reservoirs nationwide that have fish containing potentially harmful levels of chemicals such as mercury and PCBs, according to the agency.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently kicked off its 2009 Winter Alert campaign to warn miners and mine operators of the dangers colder weather can bring to the mining environment, according to an MSHA press release. Statistics show that most coal mine explosions throughout history have occurred during the period between October and March. This year's slogan, "Beat Winter Hazards, Win with Winter Alert" appears on posters and hardhat stickers with a race car theme.
Many members of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) have developed and implemented contingency and communications plans for their businesses in an effort to minimize the effects of H1N1 flu on workers as well as providing information for workers’ families and communities. In a recent press statement, ASSE urges all businesses to do the same.
Investigators from the California Labor Commissioner’s Office issued over $900,000 in fines to businesses in the car wash industry in a two-day statewide enforcement sweep, according to a press release from the California Department of Industrial Relations. The penalties included a total of $600,900 issued to 76 unlicensed carwash businesses that were cited for not having a registration.