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Where is the Labor Dept’s proposal to protect mine workers from respirable silica?

The Labor Department took the first major step this month to protect the health of many U.S. workers who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica. Workers in the mining industry, however, are not addressed by the Department’s action.

Working in clouds of dust. If it’s silica, it’s not safe.

Construction crews working in a cloud of dust takes place thousands of times every day in the U.S. Here’s just one example from my community.

Labor Day assessment of federal efforts to improve (or impede) worker safety protections

The second annual report on US worker health and safety offers a review of activities and new policies at the federal scene, and a recap on the best reporting about it by the nation’s journalists.

Testing new regulatory czar’s commitment to transparency with OSHA’s silica proposed rule

OSHA’s recently released proposed rule on silica gives us a good opportunity to see if President Obama’s new regulatory czar will keep his promise for transparency in the rulemaking process.

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.

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?

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.

Since the White House Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) began reviewing the Labor Department’s proposed rule to reduce by one-half the permissible workplace exposure to respirable crystalline silica more than two year ago, the US has seen a dramatic increase in industrial sand mining, a major route of workers’ exposure to silica dust. Industry groups claim the more-protective standard would be too expensive.

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.