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Governor Cuomo Should Veto the Mold Legislation and Start From Square One

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Posted 11.21.2014 | New York
Elizabeth Glass Geltman

Governor Cuomo should veto the legislation. A new mold bill should be written that includes stiff penalties. The bill should also require training of all mold workers, photographic documentation, and third party verification that mold remediation is properly completed.

President Obama's Home Stretch: Saving Lives, Conserving Natural Resources, and Securing His Legacy @HuffPostBlog

Rena Steinzor | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

The world is unlikely to leave the President any space for malingering, and his most vehement congressional critics are likely to attack him with such fervor that the faint path toward legislative compromise vanishes.

Since Bangladesh Factory Collapse, What Has Changed?

Keith Mestrich | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

The factory collapse was a horrific reminder of how important it is to support companies that make treating workers fairly a priority. That means taking more responsibility as consumers.

Kate Sheppard

Federal Agencies Aim To Prevent The Next Deadly Chemical Plant Explosion

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Federal agencies on Friday released new proposals meant to address safety concerns at chemical plants across the country, a response to ...

Kate Sheppard

Fox News Accidentally Endorsed Environmental Regulations During Obama Attack

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

Fox News likes regulations. That is, Fox likes regulations that the Obama administration reportedly delayed ahead of the 2012 election. In a segme...

Dave Jamieson

AWKWARD: U.S. Companies' Labor Standards May Be Too Weak For The U.S. Military

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.03.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- As Congress tries to hash out a military spending bill for next year, lawmakers are considering a provision that would give preferential...

Texas Fertilizer Plant Faces Fine Over Two Dozen Serious Safety Violations

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 10.10.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Texas company that operated a fertilizer plant where a thunderous explosion in April killed 15 people is facing ...

Playing Chicken With Food Safety

Michael Winship | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

New rules the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to put into effect would transfer much of the work inspecting pork and chicken and turkey meat from trained government inspectors to the processing companies themselves. Talk about putting the fox in the henhouse!

Emran Hossain

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Still Waiting For Compensation

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- After the Rana Plaza factory collapse killed 1,132 garment workers and injured more than 2,500 in April, the Bangladeshi government and ...

The Hidden Health Care Problem

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 09.16.2013 | Business
Taylor Lincoln

A major problem has managed to escape the public's attention amid all the bluster over health care: The people we rely on to take care of us are themselves suffering injuries and illnesses at an alarming rate.

A Shared Responsibility: North American Alliance of Retailers and Brands Reach Agreement on a Bangladesh Worker Safety Program

George Mitchell | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
George Mitchell

The stage is set for the ongoing, collaborative engagement and responsibility that will deliver safer garment factories in Bangladesh for many years to come. Like people everywhere, the workers of Bangladesh need jobs and a safe place to work.

Why Walmart's Agreement With Bangladesh Will Not Improve Worker Safety

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 08.30.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

With an agreement now in the works involving Walmart, Gap, other large American retailers, and the Bangladeshi government to improve working conditions for garment industry workers in Bangladesh, it is worth examining whether the agreement will actually accomplish anything.

Cause Of Bangladesh Factory Collapse Revealed

AP | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- The defects and errors that led to the world's deadliest garment-industry accident extend from the swampy ground the doomed ...

Accountability for the Bangladesh Building Collapse: Blame Game or Real Change?

Beth English | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Beth English

If history is any guide, progress on workplace standards in Bangladesh and in other developing countries will be difficult to achieve and slow in coming.

SeaWorld Suffers Legal Setback in Fight Against OSHA

David Kirby | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
David Kirby

Even as SeaWorld and OSHA engage in settlement talks over the 2010 death of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau, the company has suffered a legal setback in its fight to keep OSHA inspectors from interviewing trainers about federally mandated safety measures before the mediation process concludes.

Dave Jamieson

Poultry Giant Settles Suit Over Toxic Gas

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business

Meat processor Tyson Foods has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over allegations that the company violated safety regulations at ...

Cheap Furniture Should Not Kill or Maim U.S. Workers

Robin Wilson | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Robin Wilson

As an eco-designer focused on wellness in the home, it is my belief that most U.S. based manufacturing firms adhere to rigorous testing criteria, environmental standards and sustainability programs that lift them to the next level in their stewardship of our environment.

23-Year-Old Roughneck's Death Highlight Risks of $100K Jobs in Oil and Gas

Gayathri Vaidyanathan | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Gayathri Vaidyanathan

Oil and gas drilling sites are among the most dangerous workplaces in the United States. Since 2006, some 652 workers have died in the oilfields, often due to highway crashes, being struck by equipment, falls from great heights, electrocution and other mishaps.

Even after workplace deaths, companies avoid OSHA penalties

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.20.2013 | Business
The Center for Public Integrity

By Chris HambyThe Center for Public IntegritySYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The temperature outside barely reached double digits on the morning of Jan. 15, 2009,...

Obama 2.0 and Regulation: Looking Forward, Mindful of the Past

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.07.2013 | Business
Rena Steinzor

President Obama’s reelection holds the possibility of great progress for public health, safety, and the environment — if, and only if, he recognizes the importance of these issues and stops trying to placate his most implacable opponents.

Obama Honors Farmworkers Just Months After Administration Jettisoned Key Farmworker Safety Rule

Rena Steinzor | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

President Obama honored farmworkers on Monday. But when the administration had the chance to actually take action to make agricultural work for young people safer, it caved to political pressure.

Entergy Blames Slow-Moving Isaac for Its Contractor Glitches

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.11.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

How did Isaac stack up against past hurricanes? The slow-moving storm, with its rain and strong winds, damaged power grids across Louisiana, according to Entergy. Hall said "for New Orleans, Isaac was the second biggest storm in terms of customer outages after Katrina."

Big Week Looms Ahead for SeaWorld

David Kirby | Posted 09.10.2012 | Entertainment
David Kirby

The week of July 16 will be crunch time for America's favorite marine theme park, as SeaWorld braces for the next grueling phase in the aftermath of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau's death, two and a half years ago in Orlando.

Is Your Small Business Exempt from OSHA?

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2012 | Small Business

The Occupational Safety and Health Act covers most businesses that have employees. It has specific rules and regulations but it also specifies a numbe...

Labor Department Fires Warning Shot At Animal Entertainment Industry

David Kirby | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
David Kirby

OSHA's obligation is to protect all employees against any unnecessary risks. And if that means putting a physical barrier between human workers and potentially lethal animals, the Feds are saying so be it.