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Biden directs OSHA to draft heat standard for workers amid climate change

President Biden is directing the labor officials in his administration to draft a set of rules that businesses would have to follow during extreme heat - a regulation advocates have increasingly clamored for as a warming climate raises new risks for workers.

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Climate

Climate change will make heat even deadlier for outdoor workers, study says

Florida’s 2 million outdoor workers — more than 20 percent of its workforce — will be at greater risk of losing their lives and $8.4 billion in total annual earnings.
www.vox.com
Climate

Extreme heat is killing American workers

It's clear that extreme heat is a hazard to lives and livelihoods, even indoors, but job sites have haphazard rules, if any, to deal with it. That's due in part to the fact that there is no national workplace safety standard for heat.

www.eenews.net
Climate

The power struggle over tomorrow's solar workers

If the Biden administration ends up creating solar jobs for hundreds of thousands of Americans, who will train the workers? What might at first seem an inconsequential question has become a Washington power struggle with consequences for the president's energy agenda.
www.newyorker.com
Justice

Trump’s Labor Secretary is a wrecking ball aimed at workers

As Election Day looms, Eugene Scalia, a cunning lawyer committed to dismantling regulation, is weakening one employee protection after another.
www.propublica.org
Biodiversity

In this remote town, spring seans salmon — and thousands of fishermen from coronavirus hot spots

A remote fishing region will soon be flooded with seasonal workers. The hospital is equipped for only four COVID-19 patients and its chief operating officer is out of a job after emailing a coronavirus conspiracy meme. Welcome to Dillingham, Alaska.
www.propublica.org
Toxics

What happens if workers cutting up the nation's meat get sick?

As meatpackers rush to meet demand, their employees are starting to get COVID-19. But some workers say they’re going to work ill because they don’t have paid sick days and can be penalized for staying home.
theconversation.com
Toxics

Lupita D. Montoya, Aaron Lamplugh: Nail salon workers suffer chemical exposures that can be like working at a garage or a refinery

The technician who gave you that shiny manicure may be inhaling dangerous levels of toxic chemicals on the job.
www.republicworld.com
Toxics

Study shows ventilation systems pollute office spaces the most

A recent study has found out that the types of indoor contaminants greatly impact the chemistry of the indoor air at the workplace and affect the workers.

prospect.org
Justice

How workers can demand climate justice

It is becoming ever clearer how profoundly the climate crisis is changing everything, and how imperative it is that we act now if we hope to avert an existential disaster.

www.kqed.org
Toxics

State regulators move to protect workers from wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke isn't great for anybody, but a new rule California regulators vote on today recognizes that it's particularly dangerous for workers while they're on the job.

trib.com
Climate

Bankrupt coal company Blackjewel hit with class action lawsuit

An out-of-work Blackjewel employee filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday alleging the bankrupt company violated federal labor law by failing to notify or compensate hundreds of workers before closing down
www.tri-cityherald.com
Toxics

Hard to understand documents may be costing sick Hanford workers

The Government Accountability Office finds difficult to understand documents may keep ill workers at Hanford nuclear reservation from getting refiled claims approved.

www.propublica.org
Toxics

Illinois nuclear workers' benefits petitions have to be reviewed within 6 months. Some have languished a decade.

A petition filed by a Los Alamos worker has been in limbo for 10 years. At the Savannah River Site, a petition has lingered for 11 years. At Sandia National Laboratories, workers have been waiting seven years for a final decision.
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