Trump FY 18 Budget Slashes Research, Kills Harwood Training Program and Chemical Safety Board

The budget is not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations. — Jacob Lew We previewed the budget late last week and that preview was pretty accurate. OSHA’s budget is essentially the same as the recently passed FY 2017 budget — flat except for the proposed elimination of the…

The First Hundred Days of Trump’s OSHA: Ain’t Seen Nuthin’ Yet?

Today is Workers Memorial Day, a day set aside around the world to remember those killed on the job — and commit ourselves to fighting to protect workers from preventable death injury and illness on the job. As the AFL-CIO summed up in its Death on the Job report, 4,836 workers were killed on the job…

“Human Error?” Don’t Believe Everything Your Read

Dense cloud of chlorine threatens community near chemical plant. Chemical Safety Board issues preliminary findings of investigation of a chemical release that sent more than 140 people to the hospital last year.  AP headlines scream out “Feds: Human error, labeling led to chemical cloud in Kansas.” Every time I read the words “human error” connected to…

Industry Uses Unproven Arson Claim to Repeal Chemical Safety Rule

Chemical industry representatives are using unproven allegations that a criminal act caused the catastrophic 2013 West Texas explosion to try to kill an important chemical safety rule. Millions of people live and work in the shadow of high-risk chemical plants that store and use highly hazardous chemicals.  The House of Representatives is expected to vote…

More Articles on Devastating Labor Department and Workplace Safety Cuts

“There’s this assumption in Washington, Jonathan, that if you get less money, it’s a cut.”  — Sean Spicer From some very eloquent writers: Trump budget targets programs that help people get jobs, by Jennifer Golan, Reveal (Center for Investigative Reporting) Key Quote: “I am struck by the heartlessness of these cuts,” said Chris Lu, the former deputy…

Houston Chronicle: Trump Budget will cause “Death and Destruction”

Well, actually, the Chronicle’s headline warning of  “death and destruction”  was from a quote by chemical safety consultant Paul Orum about Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Chemical Safety Board (CSB). While little known to the masses, the CSB is to chemical disasters what the much better-funded National Transportation Safety Board is to airline crashes, train derailments…