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House Democrats Introduce Bill to Strengthen Worker Health & Safety Law

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Democrats on the House Education and the Workforce Committee reintroduced the Protecting America's Workers Act, legislation that would strengthen and modernize the OSH Act of 1970. The bill would also give OSHA tools to ensure that employers correct hazardous working conditions, protect whistleblowers and hold employers accountable for violations that cause death or serious injury to workers.

Trump Makes Moves, Puzder Waits in the Wings, Congress Readies for Battle

Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Government Affairs Update, American Society of Safety Engineers

ASSE RegBrief Examines OSHA's Walking/Working Surfaces Rule

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
In latest ASSE's RegBrief, Adele Abrams, the Society's federal representative, reviews key changes made in OSHA's walking and working surfaces rule, shares key compliance dates and highlights other standards affected by the changes.

OSHA & MSHA Regulatory Agendas Issued

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
On Dec. 23, 2016, U.S. Department of Labor issued its semiannual regulatory agenda, covering its agencies including OSHA and MSHA. This is the final agenda issued under the Obama administration, and its contents will be subject to revision by the incoming Trump administration. However, because that transition will take time, OSH professionals can view this as a non-binding work plan for the agencies.​

OSHA Final Rule to Lower Beryllium Levels

Friday, January 06, 2017
OSHA has issued a final rule that lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a metal material that can cause lung disease. The agency reports that beryllium can become highly toxic when it is processed in a way that releases airborne dust, fumes or mist into air that can then be inhaled by workers.

OSHA’s Final Rule on Recordkeeping as “Continuing Obligation”

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
On Dec. 19, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule entitled “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.” Read on for a brief explanation of the new rule.

Trump Expected to Name Fast-Food Exec Puzder Labor Secretary

Thursday, December 08, 2016
The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets are reporting that President-Elect Donald Trump will name Andy Puzder as labor secretary. Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc., which is the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's​

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