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Workplace safety rules expanded.

Workplace safety rules expanded

The U.S. Labor Department, under threat of contempt of court, posted new regulations requiring employers to notify workers about hazardous materials in the workplace. The new rules expand current "right to know' requirements to include every industry in which workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals. Previously the rules applied only to the chemical and manufacturing industries.

Under orders from the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will require employers in such nonmanufacturing areas as agriculture, construction and health care to fully inform workers of any hazardous substances used on the job, and to train workers in the safe use of those substances. The rules are expected to cost employers $687 million in the first year, and more than $100 million annually after that. The new standard, OSHA says, should reduce by 20 percent the number of chemically related injuries, illnesses and deaths among the 18 million employees who are exposed to toxics at work.
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Publication:Science News
Date:Aug 29, 1987
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