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Media Hit: In These Times highlights our call for President Obama to do more on chemical safety

In These Times: Obama Issues Much-Needed Executive Order on Chemical Safety - But Is It Enough? - 8/1/13

[S]ome workplace safety advocates say that the rules do not go far enough to prevent accidents at chemical plants, writes In These Times' Mike Elk.

“To adequately respond to the dangers posed by chemical facilities and other dangerous workplaces, further federal regulatory action is needed,” says Tom O’Connor, Executive Director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. 

O'Connor pointed to a series of recommendations from the Chemical Safety Board calling on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA] to adopt new rules to prevent workplace accidents. Just last week, the Chemical Safety Board, frustrated with the slow pace of OSHA rulemaking, took the unprecedented step of designating a “most wanted chemical safety improvement." The first item on the list is better regulations for combustible dust, something which the Chemical Safety Board first asked OSHA to implement in 2002.

Read the full story (which also quotes the response by AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka).

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