The EPA is revising the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard to strengthen protections for the nation’s two million agricultural employees who work on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses. The agency says the revisions will afford farmworkers similar health protections that are already afforded to workers in other industries.
Fewer roadway accidents and less driver fatigue are among the results of the the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) hours-of-service (HOS) rules implemented in 2013, according to a report released recently by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
OSHA is extending the deadline for submitting comments on the proposed rule that clarifies an employer's continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness. The comment due date has been extended to Oct. 28, 2015.
New York state’s recent implementation of regulations meant to protect workers in the state’s nail salons has prompted salon owners to organize, with many engaging in a one day lockout that deprived workers of that day’s wages.
Rule would require proximity detection devices on coal-haulage equipment underground
September 2, 2015
Haulage machinery in underground coal mines – such as shuttle cars, ram cars and scoops – would have to be equipped with technology that prevents miners from becoming struck, pinned or crushed, as per a proposed rule from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Hundreds of U.S. air marshals and federal Bureau of Prisons employees were exposed to dangerous levels of lead while pursuing required firearms proficiencies at gun ranges sanctioned by the federal government, according to an investigation by the Seattle Times.
MSHA’s Main says industry compliance is at 99 percent
August 19, 2015
One year ago this month, the landmark respirable dust rule went into effect, adding a number of increased protections for coal miners and closing several loopholes that masked their exposure to unhealthy coal mine dust.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels yesterday announced a proposed new standard that would dramatically lower workplace exposure to beryllium, a widely used material that can cause devastating lung diseases.
Wants improved training, minimum age requirements for certified applicators
August 6, 2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply “restricted-use” pesticides. These pesticides are not available for purchase by the general public, require special handling, and may only be applied by a certified applicator or someone working under his or her direct supervision.