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Why Did it Take 25 Years for OSHA to Raise its Fines?

Posted on · In 1990, Vanilla Ice was on the charts, Ghost was a hit movie, and OSHA – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – raised the amount of their penalties for employers who commit safety violations. Why is that important? Well, it would be the last time those fines changed for 25 years — until now. […]

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Judicial Latitude, Women’s Health, and Construction Safety: Tuesday’s Show (August 2, 2016)

Posted on · When former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced last month (July 18, 2016) to 46 months in prison for repeatedly illegally logging into the Houston Astros’ computer database, reaction was swift – and, in some cases, surprising. As the scandal was already well documented, many skipped taking Correa rightly to task for […]

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National Safety Council Chief Discusses Texting and Driving and Workplace Safety

Posted on · Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks with Deborah Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council, who stopped by Houston recently. The non-profit safety advocate is focusing on efforts to encourage safe driving, as well as workplace safety. Hersman explains why Texas is of specific interest to the NSC.

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Performance Reviews, Job Burnout, and Robert Earl Keen: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Posted on · As we close in on the end of the calendar year, for some of us in the working world, it’s time for performance reviews. You may be the subject of one, or you may perform one. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Keith Wolf, Managing Director for the Houston-based staffing agency and recruiting […]

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Tank Cleaning Hazards, Real Estate, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, May 12, 2014

Posted on · Rail cars, tanks and barges are routinely used to ship chemicals. These chemicals are key to the manufacture of all manner of everyday materials, from plastics to paint. Eventually, these cars, tankers and barges have to be cleaned, a procedure that is largely unregulated and raises health and safety concerns. As the Houston Chronicle reported […]