OSHA For Sale to Highest Bidder

  1. All I can say is wow. They got away with it.
    Pressure at OSHA to alter warning - baltimoresun.com

    Quote from www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.osha20nov20,0,5836362.story

    It took six years to get federal worker safety officials to issue warnings to auto mechanics that the brakes they're working on could contain lethal asbestos fibers. But it took only three weeks...before a former top federal official with ties to the auto industry reportedly pushed to have them removed.

    ...OSHA wants the July 26 advisory to include studies, financed by the auto industry, that say that asbestos in brakes does not harm mechanics.

    ...former OSHA chief Henshaw worked with two consulting firms run by Dennis Paustenbach, ChemRisk and Exponent. These firms, according to Stern and documents obtained by The Sun, have been paid more than $23 million since 2001 by Ford, General Motors and Daimler-Chrysler to help fight asbestos lawsuits brought against them by former workers.

    The United States is one of the few industrialized nations that hasn't banned the use or importation of most asbestos products.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Nov 21, '06
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    "Mr. Wainless, like every other OSHA employee, is supposed to serve the public interest, not industry lobbyists."

    ..."The people that repair our cars and trucks deserve, at a bare minimum, to be warned," Kucinich said. "In the long run, we need to ban asbestos from the U.S. to catch up with much of the rest of the world."

    Henshaw and others say the warnings aren't needed because asbestos is no longer used in the United States.

    In May, The Sun reported an 83 percent increase in imported brakes with asbestos over the past decade....

    Pressure at OSHA to alter warning - baltimoresun.com
    I do NOT like paying taxes for this.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Nor do I, Spacenurse.