congress, statue

OSHA will receive a $24 million funding increase based on a federal budget agreement passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 17. The U.S. Senate’s Amendment to H.R. 1865 [1] is one of the two fiscal year 2020 appropriations packages that earmarks $581.8 million for the federal agency, a slight increase from $557.8…

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buildings, city, New York City

Over the past 10 years, the five boroughs of New York City have recovered from the recession, two major hurricanes, and on the brink of 2020, reached a 25-year milestone in construction spending. At the dawn of the decade, the city of over 8 million stories had nowhere to go but up in residential construction.…

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caution, asbestos

Each year, asbestos claims the lives of about 40,000 Americans while thousands more must endure a lifetime of torment from crippling respiratory diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. [1] However, asbestos is still hardly regulated in the United States. In the past, progress has been made to relieve our society of the fatal substance, but…

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construction worker, tools

Homebuilding in the United States has risen in the last decade until last August when construction of new apartments took a sharp decline. However, single-family house construction crept higher for the fourth month in a row. The U.S. Commerce Department reported that the total onset housing construction declined by 9.4% in September to a seasonally…

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OSHA logo

As of October 1, 2019, OSHA announced the implementation of a new weighting system to consider elements like different types of hazards inspected and moderated, along with Site-Specific Targeting and other implementation plans for the 2020 fiscal year (FY). The OSHA Weighting System (OWS) will promote the optimal allocation of resources and information to aid…

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