Congress demands details of secret CDC lab incidents revealed by USA TODAY

Congressional watchdogs are concerned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t told them about all of the agency’s laboratory accidents, and they want a full accounting in the wake of a USA TODAY report about mishaps the agency tried to keep secret. USA Today

A look at possible labor policy changes under Trump

From expanding the number of workers eligible for overtime pay to increasing employer transparency for worker injuries, accidents and wage data—those are just a few of the initiatives the U.S. Department of Labor (unveiled during President Barack Obama’s presidency. Now many analysts and attorneys are predicting a rollback or lack of enforcement of those rules […]

Oregon OSHA schedules a statewide ‘safety break’

Oregon OSHA is inviting employers across the state to participate in the 14th annual Safety Break for Oregon to renew a commitment to preventing workplace injuries and deaths. The event, scheduled for May 10, aims to raise awareness about the importance of occupational safety and health. Safety+Health

Looking to create or enhance workplace anti-retaliation program? Fed-OSHA’s recommended practices

On January 13, 2017, Fed-OSHA issued non-binding recommendations to aid employers with creating new or improving existing workplace anti-retaliation programs. OSHA’s recommendations apply to all public and private employers that are subject to the 22 whistleblower protection statutes that OSHA enforces. Under the various federal whistleblowing protection statutes, employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees […]

New bill would increase temp worker protections

An Illinois lawmaker is set to introduce a bill in the state legislature today to increase protections for the growing army of temporary workers. The bill was prompted in part by a 2013 ProPublica investigation that highlighted the instability and dangers faced by temp workers nationwide and comes as President Donald Trump begins to address […]

Wisconsin: Alliance Laundry settles Fed-OSHA citation

Alliance Laundry Systems has settled a Fed-OSHA citation, halving a fine after an employee lost a finger at the Ripon, Wisconsin facility last summer, the company’s third such injury in less than a year. The settlement slashes a Fed-OSHA fine from $124,709 to $63,354 and requires Alliance to enact a host of safety improvements at […]

Workplace safety group calls Massachusetts Stop & Shop death ‘needless’

An organization focused on workplace safety is calling the death of a man at the Stop & Shop distribution center in Freetown, Massachusetts a “tragic and needless loss of life.” The statement from the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health came a day after the death of Alphonse Ferent, 51, when a forklift used […]