Fed-OSHA fines to rise for first time since 1990

Federal penalties for workplace-safety violations were increased this week for the first time since 1990, thanks to a little-noticed provision of the budget bill signed into law by President Barack Obama. The move would bring the fines in line with inflation over the past 25 years. In the future, fines from Fed-OSHA and state workplace-safety […]

CDC finds mounting evidence of risk to coffee workers

Nearly a dozen more workers at a Texas coffee roasting plant are thought to have lung disease tied to dangerous chemicals — tripling the number initially diagnosed. And half of them are suspected of having an irreversible and sometimes fatal illness called bronchiolitis obliterans. Doctors and scientists say two chemicals: diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione — which […]

NIOSH and older workers in the workplace

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recently launched its National Center for Productive Aging and Work (Center). The new “virtual center,” will focus on worker safety at all ages, promoting lifelong well-being, and will advance the concept of “productive aging.” The NIOSH news release about the Center indicates that today one […]

Public Citizen: Keep the toxic bitters out of the budget cocktail

It’s that time of year again — Washington has turned its focus to the threat of national default and how to fund the government. This year’s cocktail has had the additional flavors of a contested U.S. House Speaker’s race and a presidential race to spice things up, and has resulted in an actual budgetary framework […]

Toledo-area firms fined for safety violations

In northwest Ohio, a recreational vehicle dealer in Rossford and a plumbing and heating contractor in Findlay have been fined by Fed-OSHA after inspections uncovered workplace safety violations. The recreational vehicle dealer’s citations include not storing flammable solvents in proper containers; leaving propane tanks near building exits; exposing employees to falling hazards when making repairs […]