Washington — The Mine Safety and Health Administration “did not properly manage the process it used to issue, terminate, modify and vacate violations,” concludes a Department of Labor Office of Inspector General audit released March 31.
Minneapolis — The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota upheld a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 31, ruling that a controversial final rule that removes line speeds in pork-processing plants and transfers certain inspection responsibilities to plant workers compromises worker health and consumer welfare.
Washington — The Environmental Protection Agency, in response to recent Executive Orders and directives from the Biden administration, is seeking public comment on final rules for five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals issued Jan. 6 under requirements of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.
Topping the list for the 10th successive year is Fall Protection – General Requirements. Also: The Top 10 “willful” and “serious” violations, a list of the year’s highest penalties, and a Q&A with OSHA’s Patrick Kapust.