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MSHA publishes proposed rule on civil penalty assessments

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has published a proposed rule that would amend its existing civil penalty regulations by simplifying the criteria for assessing health and safety violations and increasing emphasis on more serious safety and health conditions, thus providing improved safety and health for miners.


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Accusations fly over controversial NY Scaffold Law study

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A study being used by the construction industry to support a bid to change New York’s century-old Scaffold Law is tainted, according to opponents of the revisions, who say it was heavily edited by the business interests who funded it.


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CSB chief welcomes safe workplaces Executive Order

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Statement of Rafael Moure-Eraso, Chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety And Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.


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Controversial new coal dust reg goes into effect today

Mining industry says MSHA ignored its input
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New respirable dust regulations that are intended to reduce the incidence of black lung disease among miners take effect today, over the objections of the National Mining Association (NMA), which calls them “one-size-fits-all approach” that won’t deliver real worker protections.


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Coal miners rally against EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Regs aren't the only factor threatening coal jobs, though
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The EPA wraps up four days of public hearings on its Clean Power Plan today -- and the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) rally against it tomorrow in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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OSHA issues new directive to keep communication tower workers safe

Communication towers are on the agency's regulatory agenda
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OSHA has updated its Communications Tower directive regarding the use of hoist systems used to move workers to and from workstations on communication towers. This follows an alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities at communication tower work sites.


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EPA seeks comments on risk management program changes

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The EPA has published a Request for Information (RFI) to seek comment on potential revisions to its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations and related programs to modernize its regulations as required under Executive Order (EO) 13650: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security.


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In wake of deadly W. Va. metal dust explosion, CSB renews call for combustible dust standard

“The time is now for OSHA to take action to prevent these tragic accidents”
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A final report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) about the December 9, 2010 combustible dust explosion at the AL Solutions metal recycling facility in New Cumberland, West Virginia comes with a familiar recommendation: that OSHA promulgate a general industry combustible dust standard.


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NBC news interview with OSHA boss Dr. David Michaels

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It’s not often the OSHA chief is interviewed by one of the Big 3 TV Networks. But that’s what happened recently when NBC’sSeth Freed Wessler interviewed OSHA boss Dr. David Michaels.


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Former Cal/OSHA staffer says he witnessed political coup that forced out agency head

By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess was instructed to attend a meeting at 11 am on September3, 2013 – the day after Labor Day – with California Labor Secretary Marty Morgenstern and Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker at DIR’s Oakland Headquarters.


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