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Outlook: FY 2015 federal budget for OSHA, NIOSH and MSHA and reg reform legislation

OSHA – It doesn’t make much sense to go through all of the different proposals on the FY15 federal budget, so let’s just stick with the facts as they stand. The only thing that has been actually put to paper is the Senate Labor Appropriations Committee spending bill that would provide OSHA with approximately $557.4 million in FY15.


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DOT starts rulemaking process for vehicle-to-vehicle communications

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Monday released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) and a supporting comprehensive research report on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology.


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OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injury and illnesses

OSHA announced yesterday  that it will extend the comment period on the proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to Oct. 14, 2014. The proposal, published on Nov. 8, 2013, would amend the agency's recordkeeping regulation to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information that employers are already required to keep.


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NTSB proposes changes in investigation procedures

Agency seeks public comments

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment regarding proposed changes to rules governing investigation procedures. The rules are laid out in 49 C.F.R. part 831.


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Should 16-year-olds work as loggers?

AIHA opposes efforts to allow younger workers in dangerous industry

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has issued letters to Congress in opposition of new legislation that would exempt certain 16- and 17-year-old children employed in logging or mechanized operations from child labor laws.


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Companies bidding on federal contracts must self-report violations

An Executive Order (EO) signed by President Obama July 31st requires companies competing for new federal contracts to self-report safety and other labor law violations.


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OSHA’s I2P2 idea – Not quite gone and not forgotten

When OSHA released its Spring Regulatory Agenda, the Injury/Illness Prevention Program had been moved to Long Term Action. In the immediately previous regulatory agenda, I2P2 had been on the proposed rule schedule for September 2014.


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DOT proposes new reg to protect bus passengers in rollover crashes

Performance requirements would reduce risk of ejection

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to protect motorcoach and other large bus passengers in rollover crashes.  The proposal aims to improve the structural design of large buses to ensure that passengers are better protected in a deadly vehicle rollover by ensuring that the space around them remains sufficiently intact and the emergency exits remain operable.


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CSB chief: Explosion in China shows combustible dust danger

Statement from Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on the deadly consequences of combustible metal dust: Friday’s reported metal dust explosion in Jiangsu, China, is another reminder of the tragic and deadly consequences of combustible dust accidents, a hazard with which the US Chemical Safety Board(CSB) is all too familiar.


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MSHA publishes proposed rule on civil penalty assessments

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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