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Our Lost Poet

Filed in Books that Shaped Work in America, DOL by on February 25, 2015 1 Comment
Our Lost Poet

Worlds collided when the nation’s Poet Laureate came to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It was a moment of discordance: a room filled with the scientists and engineers of OSHA – people who work in absolutes, in things measurable and provable – speaking with a man whose work was by its nature ineffable, exploring […]

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Worker Safety Cannot be a Gamble at Ashley Furniture

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on February 2, 2015 2 Comments
Worker Safety Cannot be a Gamble at Ashley Furniture

Ashley Furniture recently made headlines for losing a bet against Ohio State’s football team − a bet that cost $1.5 million. But Ashley Furniture’s factory in Wisconsin made a much more dangerous bet when they compromised on worker safety and health. Over the past three years, more than 1,000 injuries were recorded at a facility […]

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Happy New Year and Happy Birthday OSHA!

Filed in Safety by on January 2, 2015 0 Comments
Happy New Year and Happy Birthday OSHA!

As we ring in the New Year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has another reason to celebrate. It turned 44 this week! On December 29, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 into law. Since OSHA’s establishment, our country has made significant strides in reducing work-related deaths and […]

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A New Year, New OSHA Reporting Requirements

Filed in Safety by on December 15, 2014 4 Comments
A New Year, New OSHA Reporting Requirements

The New Year will be here before we know it! For employers under the federal jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that means more than just making resolutions, they will need to comply with new reporting requirements going into effect January 1, 2015. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities […]

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Want to save over 3 Billion dollars this week?

Filed in DOL, Safety by on September 20, 2014 0 Comments
Want to save over 3 Billion dollars this week?

According to the National Safety Council, which hosted its annual Congress and Expo this week in San Diego, workplace injuries and fatalities cost our economy $198.2 billion a year. You read that right, 198.2 BILLION dollars a year. That amount of money would allow every kid in America to go to college…and pay their room […]

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When a Worker Loses an Arm, Who Knows About It?

Filed in Safety by on September 12, 2014 5 Comments
When a Worker Loses an Arm, Who Knows About It?

Did you know that if you lose an eye or a limb at your current job, your employer is not required to report it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Well, that’s about to change. Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all […]

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We All Have Rights: A Safe and Healthy Workplace is One of Them!

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on August 26, 2014 1 Comment
We All Have Rights: A Safe and Healthy Workplace is One of Them!

Your job should not cost you your life. Or a limb. Or your lungs. If you work in the United States, you have the right to come home safe and healthy from your job at the end of every shift. At OSHA, our job is to help make sure that employers protect every worker from […]

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#IHaveRights – Protecting Teens at Work

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on June 24, 2014 1 Comment
#IHaveRights – Protecting Teens at Work

Eighteen-year old Cristian Giambrone was working his regular shift at a Boston drugstore on Feb. 16, 2004, when a shoplifter pulled a knife, killing Cristian and injuring another worker. Cristian’s tragic death led the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health to seek answers. They found that most teens had not been trained on how […]

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1 Million Workers Standing Down for Safety

Filed in Safety by on June 12, 2014 0 Comments
1 Million Workers Standing Down for Safety

If there was a category in the Guinness Book of World Records for largest national worker safety event, we’re pretty sure that the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent fatal falls would take the prize! Over the course of last week, more than a million workers across the country have confirmed participation in the stand-down, and […]

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A Shared Commitment: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security

Filed in DOL, Safety by on June 6, 2014 0 Comments
A Shared Commitment: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security

Editor’s note: The following blog post is co-authored by Caitlin Durkovich, Assistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor; and Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On Aug. 1, 2013, […]

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