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NIOSH-OSHA Update Heat Safety App

Friday, June 16, 2017
The updated OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App calculates the heat index at outdoor worksites using a smartphone’s geolocation capabilities to pull current weather conditions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites.​

Government Affairs Update

ASSE's 2017 professional development conference is breaking records before it begins, hitting all-time highs for attendance and exhibitor registration. More than 5,000 safety professionals will assemble June 19-22 in Denver, CO for safety's premier learning and networking opportunities.​

Joint Employment Changes at DOL May Affect Safety

On June 17, 2017, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors. The effect on OSH is unknown at this early stage.​

FY18: NIOSH in the crosshairs, CSB set to shutter, OSHA mostly unscathed

NIOSH in the crosshairs, CSB set to shutter, OSHA mostly unscathed

NIOSH Finds Certain Job Factors Relate to Fair or Poor Health in U.S. Workers

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Occupation, lack of paid sick leave and multiple psychosocial factors are related to workers’ own perceived low health status. That's the key finding of a new NIOSH study. “Knowing which aspects of a person’s job can lead to poor health can help public health and employee wellness professionals develop tailored workplace interventions to advance worker well-being," says lead researcher Sara Luckhaupt.​

Impact of the Trump Administration’s Budget on Federal OSH Programs

Thursday, May 25, 2017
The Trump Administration sent its Taxpayer First budget for FY 2018 to Congress. From funding levels provided in the 2017 continuing resolution (CR), OSHA would receive a surprisingly small cut; MSHA remains about the same; NIOSH is neutered with a 40% cut and the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is given enough funds to close its doors.

OSHA Reform Blueprint

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
ASSE has developed an "OSHA Reform Blueprint" with ASSE's government affairs priorities and a vision for how OSHA can improve in a time of political change.

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