OSHA launches a national dialogue on hazardous chemical exposures and permissible exposure limits in the workplace
OSHA is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances. The first stage of this dialogue is a request for information on the management of hazardous chemical exposures in the workplace and strategies for updating permissible exposure limits.
“Many of our chemical exposure standards are dangerously out of date and do not adequately protect workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “While we will continue to work on issuing and updating our workplace exposure limits, we are asking public health experts, chemical manufacturers, employers, unions and others committed to preventing workplace illnesses to help us identify new approaches to address chemical hazards.”
OSHA’s PELs, which are regulatory limits on the amount or concentration of a substance in the air, are intended to protect workers against the adverse health effects of exposure to hazardous substances. Ninety-five percent of OSHA’s current limits, which cover fewer than 500 chemicals, have not been updated since their adoption in 1971. The agency’s current PELs cover only a small fraction of the tens of thousands of chemicals in commerce, many of which are suspected of being harmful.
The comment period will close on April 8, 2015. In the coming months, OSHA will announce additional ways for the public to participate in the conversation. For more information, see the news release and visit OSHA’s Web page on preventing occupational illnesses through safer chemical management.
FCC and OSHA hold unprecedented event; announce working group to prevent fatalities in telecommunications industry
In an unprecedented event Oct. 14, the Department of Labor and the Federal Communications Commission joined leaders in the telecommunications industry, including major carrier AT&T, to discuss new and continuing efforts to prevent worker fatalities on cell towers.
“The fatality rate in this industry is extraordinarily high – tower workers are more than 10 times as likely to be killed on the job than construction workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “But these deaths are preventable.”
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and FCC Chairman Thomas E. Wheeler also announced a new working group that will collaborate in the development and implementation of recommended safety practices for the growing telecommunications industry.
“The cellphones in our pockets can’t come at the cost of a worker’s life,” said Secretary Perez. “We know we can’t solve this problem alone though, and that’s why I am so glad to be joined in partnership on this issue with the FCC and major carriers like AT&T. It’s a perfect example of federal agencies and industry breaking down barriers and identifying common goals to save workers’ lives.”
For more information about the new working group, view a recording of the event and read the news release. To learn more about worker safety in the telecommunications industry, visit OSHA’s Communication Towers Web page.
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In Memory of those Brothers and Sisters that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. “We will never forget!”
On Saturday, September 6, 2014, IBEW members and Executive Board members marched in solidarity in the Labor Day Parade.
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On Thursday September 4, 2014 Lu. 1212 Business Rep. John Costa marched in solidarity with Food Workers of NYC.
For your enjoyment, please watch and share this video about the 2014 LDP – One City. 5 Boroughs. All Workers. starring many of your brothers and sisters in the Labor Movement.
Don’t forget, we march rain or shine!
A couple of quick reminders:
- Buses waiting for marchers park on 5th Ave north of 70th/71st Sts.
- Motorcycles line up on 47th St from 5th Ave east. If you are having bikes ride with your contingent and you haven’t let me know, please do so.
- Until about 11am the CLC will have a table set up on 44th St on the East side of 5th Ave. Any problems or questions look for us there. After 11am we will be on 5th Ave moving north as the assembly area empties.
- I was asked to remind folks not to throw things (like t-shirts) into the crowds.
- Speaking of t-shirts, if you have any extras, keep in mind the hard working volunteers (wearing orange vests) who have sacrificed marching with their union to help facilitate the parade.
Thank you once again for all of your work!
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Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.
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WNET Contract ratified by Members
I would like to thank the WNET Negotiating Committee for their time and commitment during the negotiating process.
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