The text of the proposed rule has not been made public, but according to sources briefed on the change and to an early draft obtained by The Washington Post, it would call for reexamining the methods used to measure risks posed by workplace exposure to toxins. The change would address long-standing complaints from businesses that the government overestimates the risk posed by job exposure to chemicals.That sums up so many things about the last 8 years. You have no rights, if a company wants to expose you to dangerous chemicals you should thank them for the privilege and hope you get awesome superpowers, if you don't get awesome superpowers and get something like cancer instead then it should be harder for you to do anything about it. You're lucky you don't have to wade through some Haber-esque field of mustard gas to make copies for Mr. Sprocket. In case you forgot (memory loss is typical with the exposure levels to chlorine gas you're now going to be getting at the water cooler), Bush can still do a tremendous amount of damage with his time left.
The rule would also require the agency to take an extra step before setting new limits on chemicals in the workplace by allowing an additional round of challenges to agency risk assessments.
The department's speed in trying to make the regulatory change contrasts with its reluctance to alter workplace safety rules over the past 7 1/2 years. In that time, the department adopted only one major health rule for a chemical in the workplace, and it did so under a court order.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I bet you were wishing today that it was harder to regulate being exposed to dangerous and poisonous chemicals and toxins while at work. You are going to love what the Department of Labor is trying to do then.