70 in Nashville protest Canton Nissan plant’s work conditions

Protesters last week stood outside the Action Nissan dealership to raise awareness of alleged civil rights abuses at a plant in Mississippi. The Canton plant has faced longstanding criticisms from the UAW about worker safety, the practice of hiring temporary instead of full-time workers at lower wages, and threats by management to prevent workers from […]

Unsecured pesticides cause costly mishaps, expert says

Oregon farmers aren’t legally required to secure pesticide containers during transport but doing so anyway can prevent financial calamity, according to a safety expert. Currently, Oregon traffic rules prohibit dealers from traveling with unsecured pesticides, but the regulation doesn’t apply to farmers, according to a pesticide coordinator with Oregon OSHA. Capital Press

Michigan road crew worker shocked by power surge

A Macomb County, Michigan Department of Roads worker was shocked and seriously injured Thursday morning when power surged through his work truck, as the crew installed a guard rail, according to the county sheriff’s office. Detroit News

IDEA Lab seeks outside talent for CDC digital records project

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking to recruit an entrepreneur-in-residence as part of a project to determine how best to collect, manage, share and use work information in electronic health records. Federal Times

Could your work be hurting your hearing?

Don’t blame your annoying colleague — just yet — but work might be hazardous to your hearing. A new mobile app from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health can help you find out if your job has hazardous sound levels. Available for iOS devices, the app measures […]

NIOSH creates app for measuring workplace noise exposure

NIOSH has developed a sound level meter mobile app designed to measure noise exposure in the workplace. The app, available for Apple devices, provides noise exposure metrics that are of “importance for proper occupational noise measurements,” NIOSH states in a Jan. 17 blog post. Safety+Health

New administration and Congress will shape Fed-OSHA

Through appointments, regulations, and rollbacks, the Trump administration and Republican led Congress will undoubtedly have a major impact on Fed-OSHA. President Trump has nominated Andy Pudzer to serve as Secretary of Labor, who will in part oversee OSHA. Mr. Pudzer previously served as CEO of CKE Restaurants, owner of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, and has […]

Fed-OSHA citations under temporary worker initiative expected to continue

Fed-OSHA generally considers host employers and staffing agencies to be “joint employers” under its Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI), but host employers frequently receive more citations and steeper fines for safety violations, according to a survey by law firm Haynes and Boone. Matthew Deffebach, an attorney with the firm’s Houston office, said he expects OSHA to […]

Trump administration removes website for Wells Fargo whistleblowers

After President Trump took office, the U.S. Department of Labor quietly removed a special website it created as a resource for current and former Wells Fargo employees on workplace issues, including whistleblower retaliation complaints, according to a U.S. lawmaker. It is one of a growing number of web pages that have been removed since Trump […]

This is how Greenpeace demonstrators breached the D.C. construction site

When seven Greenpeace activists climbed a 270-foot crane in downtown D.C. on Wednesday, it appeared to be a well-planned mission. The protesters reportedly wore safety harnesses to rappel off the crane at the site of the former Washington Post headquarters, where Carr Properties is constructing Fannie Mae’s new headquarters, to fly a “resist” banner. Washington […]

Inquiries continue into Kansas plume

A federal agency said Wednesday it will review incidents that may help provide answers to the cause of a chemical cloud that covered Atchison, Kansas, in late October. During a regular meeting held Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board offered an update into the ongoing inquiry involving an October chemical release at the MGP […]