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Regulatory tsunami, what tsunami?

January 4, 2013

Congressional opponents of public protections spent much of 2012 attempting to increase the procedural hurdles to establishing new rules that would implement federal laws and standards according to the regulatory watchdog group OMB Watch. Efforts to attack the scientific evidence employed by agencies continued.


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When and how to use discipline: Principles for getting it right

January 2, 2013

Discipline is among the most confusing and controversial topics in safety. On one hand, it is obvious that companies must have safety procedures and rules. And once those rules are established, it is crucial to support and enforce them. Managers know—as company attorneys routinely remind them—that if they know about a safety rule violation and they ignore it, they put themselves at risk.


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Rules only protect people if everyone follows them

December 26, 2012

Thou shalt not kill. People have been using rules to protect people since man left the primordial forest and walked up right for the first time. For people some rules are sacred—they are worshipped for their own sake. For others, rules were meant to be broken. Irrespective of your view of rules, they form the foundation of society of all levels.


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Will new term bring movement on stalled regs?

November 28, 2012

At least one advocacy group is hoping that, with the presidential election out of the way, the Obama administration will move to strengthen health, safety, and environmental protections that got stalled during the administration’s first term.


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Report: No evidence for charges of excessive regulations

October 2, 2012

A new report issued by a government watchdog group says there is little difference between the Obama administration and past administrations in their overall level of regulatory activity, nor is there evidence that a "flood" of new rules will be unleashed after the November elections.


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Sunstein critics happy to see him go

Regulatory Czar “fixed a problem that didn’t exist”
August 15, 2012

Safety advocates will not be throwing a going away party for Cass Sunstein, who recently stepped down as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).


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EPA not ready to handle nanotech challenges

January 13, 2012

The EPA is ill-equipped to manage the human health and environmental risks of nanomaterials, according to an analysis by the EPA's Office of Inspector General (OIG).


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Controversial regulatory bill moves to Senate

December 12, 2011

The REINS Act passed last week by the U.S. house represents either "an extreme attack" on the safeguards that protect the public or a move toward improving Congressional oversight of the regulatory process, depending on which end of the political spectrum is characterizing the issue.


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OSHA wants your opinion of whistleblower regulation revisions

November 11, 2011

OSHA is seeking public comment on interim final rules revising whistleblower complaint regulations that were published in the Nov. 3 Federal Register.


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Feds cut train crew hours to avoid fatigue-related accidents

August 16, 2011
The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a final rule limiting the number of consecutive hours passenger railroad workers can be on the job. 


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