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The week that will be in safetyland 8.9.2010 – OSHA’s torrid pace; backdoor ergo enforcement?

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OSHA BUDGET

OSHA received $558 million in fiscal year 2010. President Obama proposed a fiscal 2011 OSHA budget of $574 million.
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The week that was in safetyland 8.6.2010 – Obama’s one sentence nod to job safety; OSHA in middle age; universal job stress

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We start from the top, the very top, with President O’s speech this week to the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council.
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Hump Day view of safetyland 8.4.2010 – OSHA cites for failing to wear hi-viz vests; jobs trump safety; politics polarize safety

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The week that will be in safetyland 8.2.2010 – OSHA reform fade out? Overview of OSHA activity

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August is sleepy time down in D.C., with Congress heading out for recess and POTUS and family taking ten days for a Martha’s Vineyard vacation August 19-29.
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The Week That Was in Safetyland 7.30.2010 – OSHA’s three-day penalty-popping blitz; distracted driving; mixed up metrics; fake leadership

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TOP OF THE NEWS

OSHA continues to clear out its rusty standards pipeline issuing this Wednesday what it calls a “historic” new standard on cranes and derricks standard. It replaces a decades old standard and affects about 267,000 construction, crane rental, and crane certification establishments with about 4.8 million workers, according to the agency.
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Hump Day View of Safetyland 7.28.2010 – New OSHA crane/derrick rule; TSCA overhaul campaign; Massey fights back; driving on meds

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TOP OF THE NEWS OSHA finally manages to get over the hump and issue new cranes and derricks rules. OSHA boss Dr. David Michaels will provide the details in a telephone media briefing at 1:30 pm this afternoon. OSHA says the “historic new rules addressing the safety of cranes and derricks in construction” will be issued today.
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The Week that Will be 7.26.2010 – Whither Senate OSHA reform? Goodbye Tony Hayward. Hello TSCA reform. A grumpy summer…

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AND EVIDENTLY THE LAST DAYS OF TONY HAYWARD, chief executive of BP. Multiple reports indicate Hayward will leave the company, as early as today.
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The Week That Was in Safetyland 7.23.2010.doc – Battle over OSHA bill just getting started; provisions that employers protest

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We saw Levon Helm rip it up last night at the Keswick Theatre outside Philadelphia. One of many highlights: Leadbelly’s “Bourgeois Blues,” with a line that nails many an employers’ feelings about the “OSHA with teeth” bill now moving through Congress:

“Home of the brave, land of the free I don't wanna be mistreated by no bourgeoisie”
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The Hump Day view of safetyland 7.21.20120 – OSHA hammers the big boys; regulators shielded from reality; who are the bad actors?; innovation undermining safety; assumptions, the death of safety

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OSHA — AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ENFORCER…
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The week that will be in safetyland 7.19.2010 – OSHA politics heat up; IH’s and safety pros disagree; BP rant; hospital violence, U.S. Steel’s “big safety thing”

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These are the stories that will drive conversations in the safety and health community this week…
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