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Brazilian nightclub fire is too similar to The Station fire in Rhode Island

We awoke this weekend to the devastating news of a nightclub fire in southern Brazil that killed 233 people and injured dozens more. But worse is the knowledge that we’ve been there before – and we could have prevented it.

A big day for mine safety

Today is shaping up to be a big day in terms of mine safety.

First, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today issued a final rule that targets mining companies that chronically violate safety and health regulations.

OSHA's relationship with OIRA is anything but 'fruitful'

In a Bloomberg BNA piece this week, OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels was quoted as saying that many companies are beginning to understand that protecting worker safety is good for business.

“It's hard for me to judge overall changes,” Michaels told BNA, “but I certainly have seen many employers recognize that managing for safety is useful not only to prevent injuries and fatalities, but in fact leads to a more profitable company. And I believe that's being embraced much more widely.”

Burgeoning cost of regulations? Where?

The Washington Post’s Wonk Blog has a piece this week on the burgeoning costs of regulations.

30 years after Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act is passed, farmworkers need more safeguards

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, a commonsense safeguard that requires farm labor contractors to register with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and establishes employment standards for the wages, housing and transportation of their workers.

Your 2013 wish list for workers' rights

Earlier this week, we shared our 2013 wish list for workers’ rights – then asked which topics would appear on your wish lists.

Here are some of your responses about which issues are important for workers’ safety and health in the coming year:

Our 2013 wish list for workers' rights

No doubt you’ve already seen your fair share of lists for the New Year, from resolutions to goals, predictions to countdowns. Here at National COSH, we are gearing up for what’s sure to be a busy new year in advocating for workers’ health and safety. While we’re at it, we’ve put together our 2013 wish list for workers’ rights.

New study confirms epidemic of under-reporting on-the-job injuries

We’ve long known that under-reporting of on-the-job injuries was a problem in the occupational safety and health world, but a study this month in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine confirms it.

Are oil rigs any place for teenagers?

The New York Times' Jack Healy has a story today about the influx of teenagers ditching college for work on oil rigs. Though the positions may be lucrative -- some starting at $50,000 a year -- are oil rigs really any place to send our nation's teenagers?