OSHA's recently released proposed rule on silica gives us a good opportunity to see if President Obama's new regulatory czar will keep his promise for transparency in the rulemaking process.
President Obama's nominee for regulatory czar has an affinity for timeliness. It will be interesting to see how he deals with a backlog of rules "under review" and an office plagued by missed deadlines.
Waiting for Obama Administration to deliver on new worker safety regulations, probably shouldn’t hold my breath
Spring 2013 looked like it would be a banner season for progress by the Obama Administration on new worker safety regulations; not so much anymore.
Public health officials urge USDA to withdraw plan to “modernize” poultry inspection, worker and food safety will suffer
The Obama Administration's quest to appease businesses' claims about burdensome regulations awoke a giant in the form of the civil rights, public health and workers' safety communities. From the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Council of LaRaza, to the American Public Health Association, the feedback on USDA's proposal to "modernize" the poultry inspection process is loud and clear: scrap the idea because faster line speeds will take a grave toll on poultry plant workers.
The nation's largest Hispanic civil rights organization issued an action alert to its members urging them to tell USDA Secretary Vilsack to withdraw a proposed rule that would allow poultry plant operators to increase assembly line speeds to 175 birds per minute. The majority of employees in poultry processing are Hispanic or other vulnerable workers.
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