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MSHA issues final rule reducing miners’ exposure to respirable coal dust

Black Lung disease linked to 76,000 miners' deaths since 1969
April 30, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released a final rule to lower miners' exposure to respirable coal mine dust in all underground and surface coal mines.


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How does OSHA’s hazard communication standard apply to combustible dust?

April 28, 2014

The following are two “letters of interpretation” from OSHA officials answering questions from the field regarding how OSHA’s newly revised hazard communication standard applies to combustible dust.


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OSHA’s combustible dust rule moves closer to reality in 2014

April 25, 2014

A rule to establish standards for combustible dust that’s been in the works since 2009 is scheduled to move closer to completion in 2014, with a proposed draft regulation due this spring.


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A fresh take on OSHA in fiscal year 2015 – yes, 2015

April 23, 2014

In the OSHA budget justification the agency laid out some of its plans for 2015: Inspections – OSHA announced the agency will conduct more health and safety inspections in 2015, with most of the increase occurring in health inspections. OSHA says the reason for this is that health issues are being identified as increasing.


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CSB: West, TX explosion was preventable

Investigation found lack of regulation at all levels of government
April 23, 2014

The lessons learned from the deadly 2013 West, Texas explosion and fire are not being passed along to emergency responders in other communities with facilities that store ammonium nitrate (AN), according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB).


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Michigan farm houses temp workers in unhealthy conditions

April 22, 2014

A Michigan farmer that houseshis temporary workers in substandard buildings with broken toilets, showers and screen doors, standing water and pest infestations has been ordered by a federal judge to clean up his act.


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Home renovation contractors hired by Lowe’s must follow lead regulations

Company reaches agreement with DOJ, EPA
April 21, 2014

Following the discovery that some contractors hired by Lowe’s Home Centers to renovate homes had violated federal regulations regarding lead dust, the company has agreed to a corporate-wide compliance program at its 1,700+ stores.


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Deadlines extended for silica rulemaking comments

April 17, 2014

While public hearings for OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica rule concluded on April 4, the agency is extending submission deadlines in order to give participants additional time to prepare post-hearing submissions.


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Court upholds EPA’s limits on pollution limits for power plants

April 17, 2014

A legal challenge to the EPA’s rule limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants was shot down yesterday by the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


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New survey finds EHS credentials mentioned in lots of laws and regs

“IH professionals should feel very pleased with this result”
April 15, 2014

The issue of how important credentials are for safety professionals got a bit more clarity recently, with a review by the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH).


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