The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration yesterday announced the release of a final rule to better protect miners from exposure to coal mine dust, which causes deadly lung diseases collectively referred to as black lung.The rule:
The federal Office of Management and Budget will review an OSHA proposal to address outdated permissible limits for exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace. The office received the proposal April 15 and has 90 days to review it unless the deadline is extended.
It’s a ditigal world. A final rule published yesterday in the Federal Register will allow physicians to use digital technology when evaluating miner-claimants under the Federal Black Lung Program. Effective May 19, the rule establishes quality standards for digitally acquired chest X-rays and allows film and digital X-rays to be given equal importance in claims […]
Environment, health and safety concerns associated with transporting crude oil by train are drawing attention. Most crude oil is shipped by pipeline, but rail transport is becoming increasing common because the pipeline system is limited, and it costs less and is much quicker to transport oil by train, the Texas Tribune reported Sunday.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeks public comments on a draft proposal that outlines recommendations for a health information technology framework designed to promote product innovation while protecting patients and avoiding regulatory duplication.The FDA developed the framework in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Servicesâ€™ Office of the National Coordinator for Health […]
Fewer mining injuries, more fatalites in 2013; Mine Safety and Health Administration urged to address underreporting
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released preliminary work injury and fatality data for 2013 this week, just 10 days after auditors in the Department of Labor’s Inspector General Office issued a report recommending action to address underreporting in the mining industry.Â
Truck driver group files petition to delay May 21 medical examiner registry requirement; FMCSA says supply will meet immediate demand
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) filed a petition yesterday asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to extend the deadline for qualified medical examiners to become registered on the agencyâ€™s new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The OODIA anticipates a significant shortage of registered examiners by the May 21 deadline when all […]
Workers’ compensation, general business liability and automobile insurance costs may fall while the growing number of Americans who obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act may trigger a corresponding increase in medical malpractice claims, a newly released RAND Corporation study shows. The cost shifts could be as much as 5 percent in some states, […]
A 57-year-old New Jersey Transit employee who legally uses medical marijuana under state law to treat symptoms of end-stage renal failure has sued his employer for discrimination after being suspended and required to enter a drug rehab program. The case may be the first to test application of New Jersey’s 2012 medical marijuana law in […]
Failure to comply with the Hazard Communication Standard is the second-most-cited OSHA violation. Consequently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released new resources to help employers with compliance. They include: