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March 23, 2017
In September 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed S.B.1167, Employment safety: indoor workers: heat regulations into law. The law required Cal/OSHA to propose a standard that minimizes heat-related illness and injury among workers working in indoor places of employment by January 1, 2019. Working well ahead of schedule, Cal/OSHA published a “discussion draft” of the rule and held an advisory meeting about it on February 28, 2017.

March 22, 2017
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has expressed its support for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). The independent federal agency, which investigates industrial chemical accidents, is on the chopping block in the budget proposed by the Trump administration.

March 21, 2017
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) recently presented individual awards of up to $6,000 to five Buckeye State employers who developed innovative solutions to reduce workplace injuries.

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March 22, 2017 (Final Rule) - In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review," this action temporarily delays, until May 22, 2017, the effective date of the final rule titled "Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators," initially effective on February 6, 2017.

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