INSIGHTS - Patton Boggs Safety & Health and Crisis Management Newsletter

    31 December 2009

    In this issue:

    1. New Leadership to Increase Enforcement and Rulemaking

    2. MSHA Submits "Wish List" for Mine Act Amendments

    3. Amendments to MSHA, OSHA Statutes Delayed

    4. Chemical Safety Language Added to DHS Budget Bill

    5. House Committee Approves Anti-Terrorism Bill

    6. MSHA Seeks Comment on Respirable Coal Dust Monitor

    7. Combustible Dust Hearings Planned; HAZCOM Comments Due

    8. Agencies Continue Stalling on Diesel DPM Research & Limit

    9. Silica Sampling, & Analytical Problems Impact Rulemaking and Enforcement

    10. OSHA, In Activist Mode, Launches Several Initiatives

    11. OSHA Sets Health-Care H1N1 Enforcement Policy

    12. OSHA Criticized for Drop Off in Health Inspections

    13. BP Gets Largest Ever OSHA Fine - $87 Million

    14. OSHA Enforcement Roundup

    15. MSHA Hits Anthracite Operator With $500,000 Fine

    16. Ten Mine Operators Get Potential Pattern Notices

    17. Board Draws Fire for Hands-Off Approach to Explosions

    18. Lack of Precautions Cited in Fatal Sugar Plant Blast

    19. Roundup of CSB Investigations

    20. Greenhouse Gas Lawsuits Allowed to Proceed

    21. Manslaughter Pleas Made in Miner's Death

    22. $24 Million Asbestos Verdict Reversed

    23. Two Asbestos Claimants Get $20 Million Apiece

    24. Mesothelioma Awards Roundup

    25. Silicosis Victim Awarded $7.6 Million

    26. Silicosis Fraud Case Ends in Mistrial