Bush and Obama BLS Commissioners Oppose Repeal of OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

Two former commissioners of the Bureau of Labor Statistics sent a letter yesterday to Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA.), urging them to oppose S.J Res 27, a Congressional Review Act resolution that would permanently block OSHA from enforcing a requirement that employers keep accurate injury and illness records.…

Killing of EMT reminds us of the dangers of public employees and the “helping” professions

Tragic story about the killing of Yadira Arroyo, a 44 year-old emergency medical technician with the New York Fire Department by an apparently mentally ill man, Jose Gonzalez. Arroyo was the mother of two sons who were trying to follow her into the profession. Her death plunged the city’s medical workers into mourning and sent ripples beyond…

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…

Bludgeoning our Caregivers: Workplace Violence in Healthcare

No one should go to work expecting to get hurt. And certainly no one should go to work expecting to get assaulted. Unfortunately, assault at work is a common occurrence for this country’s care givers — health care workers and especially nurses. And unlike many workplace injuries, violence is often accompanied by serious psychological trauma,…

Kentucky and West Virginia Move to Weaken Protections for Coal Miners

When you think coal mining, your think West Virginia and Kentucky. And when you think coal mine disasters, you think West Virginia and Kentucky. Traditionally, West Virginia and Kentucky have taken a special interest in the safety of their miners — to the extent that they both run their own mine safety enforcement programs that…

History Lesson: Accurate OSHA Recordkeeping Key to Worker Safety and Health

The Senate will vote next week on repealing the Volks rule and thereby making it impossible for OSHA to cite patterns of recordkeeping violations.   The Volks rule restored OSHA’s traditional ability to require employers to maintain accurate records for five years. Throughout OSHA’s history,  Republican and Democratic administrations have issued major citations for widespread…