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Walmart ‘Failed to Protect Employees from Serious Hazards,’ OSHA Says

Walmart has violated a corporate-wide safety agreement it signed with the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2013, OSHA says. A Walmart spokesperson, however, told Environmental Leader that the retailer is “confused” by the allegations and took steps two years ago to improve its environment, … Read more »

Mines Complying with Coal Dust Rule

Despite concerns voiced by the mining industry that it would have trouble meeting the requirements of a rule to reduce respirable coal mine dust, approximately 99 percent of the 7,456 valid respirable dust samples collected during the first two months under the rule met compliance levels, according to the US … Read more »

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Chemical Exposure Standards ‘Dangerously out of Date,’ OSHA Says

Chemical exposure standards set by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration are “dangerously out of date and do not protect workers,” according to OSHA’s assistant secretary of labor, Dr. David Michaels. To remedy this, OSHA has launched a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent … Read more »

First GHS Compliance Deadline Dec. 1

The deadline for employers to begin complying with the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Hazard Communication standard hits Dec. 1. The new HazCom standard, which was adopted in 2012, aims to improve employees’ understanding of the health and physical dangers of chemicals and to align reporting with … Read more »

Green Job Placements Lag

Job placements resulting from federally funded green job training programs enacted since 2009 currently stand at around 55 percent of the target, according to a US Government Accountability Office analysis of US Department of Labor data. The figures come from a GAO paper titled Labor’s Green Jobs Efforts Highlight Challenges of Targeted … Read more »

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