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Nuclear Weapons Workers Illness Compensation Program

The Final Rules which govern the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program should be changed to reflect Congressional intent to compensate workers who developed serious and sometimes fatal diseases from exposures to toxic substances at the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons facilities.

Below are a few suggestions that will help achieve this goal.

Reword section 30.111 to remove the claimant's burden... more »

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Better DOL Wage and Hour Investigator Training

Recently there has been A few Davis Bacon Act investigation cases from out of the Norfolk W&H Division office. One reached a ridiculous conclusion. It involved an electrical contractor and a new school project. From start to finish it had 8 electricians which comprised of 3 electricians and 5 were classified as laborers. The investigators ruling of no violations was absurd. I realize this lady does not know anything about... more »

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Additional Testing for Black Lung

DCMWC currently only uses spirometry testing in Black Lung claims. These tests only show expiratory lung deficits. Lung volumes and diffusions need added to testing to adequately determine a miner's disability. Is there any reason these tests are not included? The regulations desperately need updated.

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This is the 21st. century, isn't time that OSHA establish a hand cart safety measure for the thousands of employees that work with in the beverage industry? Keg Caddy is by far the safest means of transporting keg and case beverages. Ergonomically designed handle system will help to reduce stress on the back, shoulder, groin and wrist area. It also features a patented locking device which will prevent a keg from shifting... more »

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Substantive Correction of 29 C.F.R. § 785.36

The opening sentence of Section 785.36 currently says, "There may be instances when travel from home to work is OVERTIME [emphasis added]." I submit that the sentence should conclude with the word "worktime", as it did for many years.

My research has not disclosed why or exactly when the change from "worktime" to "overtime" occurred. So far as I have been able to determine, "worktime" was used in and before 1971, but... more »

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Clothes Cleaning Booth Technology - Compressed Air

The Department of Labor (DOL), specifically the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), should modify, streamline, expand or repeal 30 CFR § 56.13020 Use of compressed air, which currently prohibits the introduction and utilization of technology designed and developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to safely clean dust-soiled work clothes. Contaminated worker clothing has... more »

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Testing Grounding Systems

The Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA) would like to see MSHA’s regulations at 30 CFR 56/57.12028, regarding annual verification testing for electrical grounding systems, revised. The rule provides:

Continuity and resistance of grounding systems shall be tested immediately after installation, repair, and modification; and annually thereafter. A record of the resistance measured during the most... more »

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Safety Belts and Lines

The Industrial Minerals Association - North America (IMA-NA) suggests that MSHA’s fall protection standard be updated to advise against the use of safety belts as an acceptable form of personal protection against falls. OSHA long-ago made this change as evidenced in 1926.502(d): "Personal fall arrest systems." Personal fall arrest systems and their use shall comply with the provisions set forth below. Effective January... more »

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Earplug Fit Testing and 1926.101 (b)

The practices of in-ear dosimetry and individual hearing protection fit testing should be considered an appropriate alternative as an individualized fitting and hearing protector effectiveness per CFR 1926.101, the Construction Safety Standard. Specifically, individual hearing protection fit testing meets the requirement on 1926.101(b) “Ear protective devices inserted in the ear shall be fitted or determined individually... more »

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Improve information for workers on hazardous chemicals

The OSHA Globally Harmonized System (GHS) standard is capable of reducing the quantity and quality of information on hazardous chemicals to which American workers are exposed. The standard may bring the United States into conformity with international standards established under the auspices of the United Nations, but GHS is likely to be most helpful to employers in the U.S. and abroad as well as multinational corporations,... more »

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Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (1978)

The regulations at 41 CFR 60-3, Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (1978), need to be updated. Numerous improvements advancements in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the associated statistical analysis tools have been made since the regulations were last updated four decades ago. Another factor is that employers have introduced new technology into the selection process which is not explicitly... more »

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DOL Regulations

As an HR professional for over 35 years, my biggest frustration is each sub-department/committee (OFCCP vs EEOC vs DOL overall) in the DOL has their own requirements for eligibility; in particular the number of employees (full-time vs part-time) and duration for records retention. Could the DOL review eligibility requirements and try to standardize just to make it easier to understand?

 

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Introduce Current FMLA Reporting to Technology

Often, FMLA practices are not appropriately administered. Many of you might even have heard the term "Friday Monday Leave Act," instead of the real purpose of that acronym, being Family Medical Leave Act. Definitely, this could be handled differently at any given facility, and even within each facility. Employers will often save D.O.L. templates and re-use them without verifying if there have been any updates within the... more »

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