Bush Administration Tries to Implement Last Minute Regulation for Worker’s Health

December 1, 2008

Washington (ChattahBox) — In its last few weeks of administration, President George Bush is trying to enforce a law by the Labor Department. According to the new regulations, the federal agencies would need to gather and analyze “industry-by-industry evidence” of employees’ exposure to hazardous chemicals and toxic substances during their working lives. This rule would add a lengthy process of developing standards to protect workers health.

The new rule is strenuously opposed by the President-elect Obama as it would make it much harder for the government to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals to which workers are exposed on the job.

Although the rule has strong support from business groups, it is strongly opposed by public health officials. They state that it would mean further delay in offering much needed protection to the employees which would result in more illness and death of the workers.


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