CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1987
The excuses are over, now how about some responsible action? The budget is now in the black. The state costs for Cal/OSHA are $8 million less, $2.5 million generated by Cal/OSHA. Actual cost is $5.5 million in today's dollars. The state income overage is $2,770 million. One percent of this one year overage will fund Cal/OSHA for five years. The budget was the only reason given by Deukmejian's representatives at the public meetings of the Senate Industrial Relations Committee, and responses to letters from our membership, regarding your elimination of Cal/OSHA.
July 29, 1987 |
The government today fined General Dynamics Corp., the nation's largest defense contractor, $615,000 for what it called 122 "willful" violations of the law in not reporting job injuries and illnesses among shipyard workers at its Electric Boat Division yards at Quonset Point, R.I. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it was fining the company $5,000 each for 121 alleged instances of failing to record or misrecording job-related injuries and illness at the yard in 1985 and 1986.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1987
In January of this year, Gov. George Deukmejian made public his plan to eliminate Cal/OSHA and turn the protection of workers in California over to the federal Occupational, Safety and Health Administration program, allegedly to save the taxpayers $8 million. This is a terrible blunder that will cost the people of California dearly in terms of increases in worker illness, injury and death. If the Cal/OSHA program is abandoned, there surely will be annual losses of untold millions of dollars due to lost worker productivity, increased medical costs and escalating workers' compensation expenditures.
May 24, 1989 |
The Labor Department on Tuesday proposed regulations designed to protect 5.3 million workers from exposure to blood and other bodily fluids potentially infected with AIDS, hepatitis and other serious viruses. Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesman Frank Kane said the proposed standard would be the agency's first formal regulation on biological hazards. Kane said 4.7 million health care workers would be covered by the standard, as well as an additional 600,000 persons working in law enforcement, fire and rescue crews, correctional facilities, research laboratories, blood banks and the funeral industry.
June 10, 1989 |
A federal appeals court Friday ordered the Labor Department to reconsider the cancer risk from exposure to formaldehyde and its decision not to guarantee full wages to workers disabled by the gas. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration "has failed adequately to explain" its finding that the risk of getting cancer from exposure to formaldehyde was not significant if employers complied...
July 26, 1987 |
Senate President Pro Tem David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles) called on voters Saturday to support a ballot initiative to restore Cal/OSHA, the state worker safety agency gutted by Gov. George Deukmejian earlier this month. Turning to the initiative process out of frustration with Deukmejian's policies, the Democratic leader said he would join with labor unions, health advocates and environmentalists to revive the "desperately needed" state inspection program.