Interim final rule protects food industry whistleblowers from retaliation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) invites public comments on an interim final rule to establish procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints in the food industry. Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, employees who disclose information about possible violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act are protected from retaliation by employers […]

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Transferable skills make a difference in job search by occupation, study shows

Understanding the relationship between industry types and occupational skills may provide important insights into workers’ ability to cope with job loss, according to Beyond the Numbers, a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Using the Herfindahl-Hirschman index and industry quotients to measure occupational specialization by industry, the study found differences in industry staffing […]

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Increase in transportation fatalities reminder of need for highway safety

Transportation fatalities in the United States increased by 3 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, a reminder of the need for heightened attention to highway safety, according preliminary figures from the National Transportation Safety Board. Transportation fatalities in all modes totaled 35,531 in 2012. Although marine, aviation and pipeline-related deaths declined, highway and rail fatalities […]

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CDC recommends immediate use of updated information statements for Td and Hib vaccines

Vaccine information statements (VIS) that explain the benefits and risks of tetanus/diphtheria (Td) and Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib) vaccines have been updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because both statements include changes in the adverse events section (“problems that can happen after any vaccine”), health officials advised healthcare providers to […]

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Labor Department files whistleblower lawsuit in Ohio

In another example of heightened enforcement of whistleblower protections, the U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Ohio Bell Telephone, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) reported today. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, alleges 13 employees were disciplined and given one- […]

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U.S. Safety Datapalooza – a potpourri of projects

The Obama administration launched a Safety Data Initiative in 2012 that is intended to make government data relating to every aspect of public and product safety more accessible and help consumers and employers make smarter, safer choices. This week, the White House and agencies including the Department of Transportation and Department of Agriculture convened the […]

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