Century Foundation: EPA Foot-Dragging on Methylene Chloride Is Endangering Workers and Consumers

Check out my commentary on The Century Foundation’s website on EPA’s foot-dragging on banning the use of methylene chloride as a stripper — and the needless deaths it’s causing.  Another gift to the American people by Scott Pruitt. To see for myself how appropriate the labels were, I headed down to my neighborhood hardware store…

House Subcommittee Votes to Cut OSHA Funding

The House of Representatives Labor/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee has reported out a bill cutting overall OSHA funding from $552.78 million in FY 2018 to $545.25 million for FY 2019, a 1.4% reduction.  It’s not yet clear where the cuts come from, although the $10.5 million Susan Harwood Worker Training grants have once again been eliminated from funding…

OSHA Weakens Voluntary Protection Programs’ Integrity

OSHA issued a new policy document last week for its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), weakening measures taken in the last administration that were intended to restore the program’s integrity which had been threatened by uncontrolled growth during the Bush administration. VPP is a program, created under the Reagan administration, that recognizes sites that have “implemented effective safety…

OSHA Silica Standard to Come Into Effect June 23 — with 30-day enforcement delay

In some fairly good news for workers who want to live a full life, but work in foundries or manufacture brick, concrete blocks, stone counter tops, OSHA announced last week that it would begin enforcement of the silica standard for General Industry and Maritime workers on June 23. For the first 30 days, however, no citations…

Weekly Toll: Last Week’s Workplace Fatalities

Another week, and another list of preventable deaths. Two double fatalities this week: Two workers killed in a power plant explosion and two others who fell to their deaths down an elevator shaft. Man dies from electrocution injuries WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has died from electrocution injuries sustained while painting. WPRI-TV…

Inspector General Issues Bizarre Chemical Safety Board Report

The Inspector General (IG) issued a somewhat bizarre report yesterday on “management challenges” at the Chemical Safety Board. The IG is required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000 “to report what we consider the most serious management and performance challenges facing the CSB.” As the report accurately states, “Historically, the CSB has been plagued…

Weekly Toll: Last Week’s Workplace Deaths

Man dies in pressroom accident at Pennsylvania newspaper ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A contractor (Ruben Ocasio-Fernandez, 32)became trapped underneath a piece of machinery that was being removed from the pressroom of a Pennsylvania newspaper, suffering fatal injuries.The Lehigh County coroner says the man became trapped at The Morning Call in Allentown on Tuesday afternoon. Crews have…