Category archives for OIRA

At long last, OSHA publishes proposal to protect silica-exposed workers

A long-awaited proposal to protect 2 million workers from occupational silica exposure was announced today by OSHA.

Safety equipment installed after the fact, too little, too late for Army veteran coal miner

Three months after a WV coal miner is killed on the job, the company decides to install safety equipment that could have saved his life.

Pushing back against anti-regulatory forces, safety and environmental protections long overdue

The newly created Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action held today its first hearing. Witnesses described the toll on public health and safety when the regulatory process is paralyzed by powerful interests and required analyses with no proven benefits.

British Columbia proposes protections for silica-exposed workers, foot dragging in US continues

A construction industry trade association in British Columbia urged the province’s regulatory body to issue a proposed rule to protect silica-exposed workers. The proposal was issued this month. Where’s the U.S. equivalent of a group of high-road construction employers insisting on rules to protect workers’ health and safety?

“Timeliness” a priority for Obama’s regulatory czar nominee, backlog awaits him

President Obama’s nominee for regulatory czar has an affinity for timeliness. It will be interesting to see how he deals with a backlog of rules “under review” and an office plagued by missed deadlines.

Waiting for Obama Administration to deliver on new worker safety regulations, probably shouldn’t hold my breath

Spring 2013 looked like it would be a banner season for progress by the Obama Administration on new worker safety regulations; not so much anymore.

Death on the Job report: US workers deserve better protections

The AFL-CIO’s “Death on the Job” report shows why U.S. workers deserve much better protections than they are getting.

Obama’s regulatory czar: worse than I imagined

A new book by President Obama’s former regulatory czar is critiqued by someone who experienced his interference first hand.

A hearing on worker safety rule would open public debate, but White House thwarts it

Representatives of U.S. foundries met with White House officials behind closed doors to complain about a not-yet-proposed OSHA regulation. It was the group’s second such meeting. But they wouldn’t be necessary if the White House would simply allow OSHA’s public hearing process to take place.

Obama Administration’s silence on silica is deafening, 2 years and counting for OSHA proposal

Imagine an organization that is given 90 days to complete a task, but after two years still hasn’t finished the job. When you ask them ‘when we’ll you be done?’ they respond with ‘no comment.’ That’s what’s happening with a Labor Dept rule to protect workers from respirable silica.