Senators Submit Voluntary Protection Program Act for Consideration

As reported by the Wyoming Business Report, Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi and Colorado Democrat Senator Michael Bennet have sponsored legislation to codify the voluntary protection program

OSHA Publishes Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are monitoring the Zika virus outbreak that is spreading into the United States.  This interim guidance provides employers and workers with information and guidance on preventing occupational exposure to the Zika virus.

San Francisco Mandates Solar Power on New Buildings

The City of San Francisco announced today that it will now mandate solar photovoltaic or solar water panels on all new residential and commercial buildings of 10 floors or less.  The

MSHA Stakeholder Meeting Announced for May 12, 2016 (updated)

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will hold a stakeholder meeting Monday April 25, 2016, with mining industry leaders for Coal and Metal and Nonmetal.

MSHA: 2015 was the safest year in mining history

2015 was the safest year in mining history, both in terms of number of deaths and fatal and injury rates. MSHA maintains that these rates are

OSHA Publishes Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.  View OSHA’s web

New York Times: New Final OSHA Rules to Reduce Silica Exposure at Work Sites to be announced Thursday, March 24 2016

The New York Times broke the news this morning that the Labor Department plans to announce on Thursday new rules that sharply reduce workplace exposure to silica, a potentially deadly mineral found in materials commonly used in construction and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. As reported by the Times: Under the new rules, permitted exposures to silica

Urgent Inspection Bulletin: Safety Recall Issued by Volvo Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the following bulletin based upon a safety recall initiated by Volvo Trucks affecting nearly 20,000 Class 8

Over 10,000 OSHA severe injury reports submitted in 2015 under new rules

OSHA has announced that in the first year of its new reporting requirements, over 10,000 severe work-related injuries were reported to the agency. “In case after

NIOSH issues suggestions to help workers adapt to the time change

Spring is in the air and with it comes the time change to account for daylight savings.  Do not forget to set your clocks forward one hour this

US Government Wants to Protect Workers from Killer Robots

In the late fall of 2015, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published an article and blog entry describing the increasing complexity of robots and proposing a number of recommendations for protecting workers interacting with robotic workers. Readers of Isaac Asimov will immediately think of the three laws of robotics, but 21st

MSHA Implements Phase II of Respirable Dust Rule

On February 1, 2016, Phase II of MSHA’s respirable dust rule went into effect.  It requires mine operators: To use continuous personal dust monitors (CPDMs)