U.S. Chemical Safety Board considers withdrawing retaliation protections for offshore oil workers; unions re-examine their role in the wake of sexual harassment revelations; America's fastest-growing jobs are also among the lowest-paying jobs; and migrant women continue to face exploitation on the job.
Disaster investigation reports can leave victims with an empty feeling. Will any of those recommendations be adopted? A notice on OSHA's website suggests it may be making progress on recommendations made by the Chemical Safety Board.
A member of the Chemical Safety Board---an agency established to make recommendations to OSHA and EPA----has a troubling view about regulations.
After four hours of testimony on retaliation against employees, abuse of power and more, there was a glimmer of hope from new leadership at the Chemical Safety Board.
Four workers from DuPont's La Porte, TX facility are dead. Their employer makes hundreds of millions on its behavior-based, blame the worker safety program. Federal investigators will find that the catastrophe occurred because of decisions made far up the chain of command, not unsafe behaviors by the victims.
Our Labor Day tradition continues with the third edition of "The Year in US Occupational Health & Safety: Fall 2013 - Summer 2014." Section I of the report recaps happenings over the last 12 months at the federal level.
More than a month after the Freedom Industries chemical spill in West Virginia, it remains unclear if Charleston's water is truly safe to drink and what the health consequences of exposure to these chemicals may be. Legislation has been introduced that calls for more inspections, better tank construction, overflow containment and emergency response. But why not go beyond and also call for safer chemistry?
Anniversaries of two deadly workplace disasters remind us of the hazards of combustible dust and gas blows; a former Cal/OSHA employee warns that the agency is dangerously understaffed; and CDC uses sugar-industry money to fund studies into the epidemic of chronic kidney disease striking Central American sugarcane workers.
Should fatality investigation reports include the names of the victims? Opinions differ.
“The incident could have been prevented” – Community frustrations on display at Chemical Safety Board meeting on 2010 Tesoro Anacortes refinery explosion
The city of Anacortes – population about 16,000 – sits [...]