The Case for Switching to Safer Chemicals

In the United States, chemicals are responsible for an estimated 190,000 worker illnesses and 50,000 worker deaths each year. (And these numbers are very probably an underestimate, thanks to long latency periods between chemical exposures and the onset of disease, unrecognized relationships between illnesses and chemicals, and other factors.) Chemicals are essential in many manufacturing and construction processes and jobs,…

OSHA Invites the Public to Comment on Proposed Amendments to the Respiratory Protection Standard

OSHA is proposing to add two add two quantitative fit-testing protocols to the Respiratory Protection Standard. The public is invited to comment on the accuracy and reliability of the proposed protocols, their effectiveness in detecting respirator leakage, and their usefulness in selecting respirators that will protect employees from airborne contaminants in the workplace. This proposal would allow employers greater…

OSHA Issues Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA has issued a final rule to revise its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation. What the Rule Requires This rule requires employers in certain industries to electronically submit injury and illness data. OSHA intends to post the data from these submissions on a publicly-accessible website (although they will not post any information that…