Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Battle for Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

The Scott Mugno Show: Reviews continue to dribble in about Trump’s nomination of Scott Mugno to head OSHA.  Katie Tracy at the Center for Progressive Reform lays out a number of  questions that Mugno needs to answer when he goes before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for his confirmation hearing. Questions like…

OSHA Issues Largest Workplace Violence Citation in its History. Good indication for the Future?

Although I am frequently critical of OSHA under the Trump administration, never let it be said that I have failed to praise the agency when they do something good. On August 11, OSHA announced that on June 29, the agency had issued a $207,690 failure to abate citation and fine against UHS of Westwood Pembroke, Inc. –…

GAO to OSHA: What’s Up With Workplace Violence and Ammonium Nitrate?

The Republican Congress may not be fulfilling it responsibility to provide oversight over a Republican-controlled OSHA, but the Government Accountability Office is still on the job.  The GAO is Congress’s “watchdog” and investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. Over the past couple of years, the GAO has investigated OSHA’s activities around protecting healthcare workers…

Harwood’s Last Gasp? OSHA Announces Cruel and Bizarre Grant Round

OSHA released a grant announcement last week for its Susan Harwood Worker Training Grants. But don’t get your hopes up. The Trump administration did not wake up and suddenly realize how important job safety and health training is to high risk and vulnerable workers. These grants are funded by FY 2017 money which has already…

States Get Safety Report Cards: Winners and Losers

It’s report card time and states are lining up to get their grades from the National Safety Council.The State of Safety: A State-by-State Report graded states in three categories: Road Safety, Home Safety and Workplace Safety.  No state received an overall “A” grade, but several states received “Bs,” including the state in which I live (Maryland),…

“Verbally abused, cursed, spit on” New York’s Transit Employees

“My conductors, on a weekly basis, are either verbally or physically assaulted.” Two assaults were reported recently, he said, including one against a female conductor who required medical attention after she was pushed into a train wall. –Stephen Burkert, a New Jersey Transit union leader Conductors, engineers, ticket salesperson and others working for the New…

Nurse Stabbed: Victim of Deteriorating Mental Health Care System and No OSHA Workplace Violence Standard

“I’ve had a 33-year career and would say I’ve been assaulted at least 50 times if not more. I’ve been kicked, been punched, been called every name in the book, been bit, slapped, had weapons pulled on me … and it’s something that’s becoming more and more common throughout the state. It’s not just in…

Exporting Cancer, Killing World Cup Stadium Builders and More Destructive Budget Cuts: Short Stuff for Your Reading Pleasure

Exporting Cancer and Miscarriages:  An upsetting but must-read article by Cam Simpson at Bloomberg Business Week looks at American semi-conductor companies who discovered in the 1980’s that chemicals they were using in the production of micro chips were causing cancer and reproductive problems in women working in their plants. So they did the honorable thing…

New Jersey Workplace Violence Case: DOL & OSHA Cave In

Which statement below represents reality? This one? NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES OF BRMC WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION PLAN May 22,2017 Bergen Regional Medical Center (BRMC) is proud to report that our Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (WPPP) has once again been found to be compliant, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has agreed in a settlement…