Vaccination Pilot Program Targets Miners in Kentucky, Arizona

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a new program designed to encourage and help America’s miners to get the COVID-19 protections that vaccinations offer. The department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will pilot the Mine Vaccine Outreach Program to deliver free vaccinations in mining communities and provide educational outreach to mining communities in Kentucky and Arizona on the safety…

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Aggregates Gets a Pass for Covid Standard

June 11, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Labor released its long awaited Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) which targets healthcare and does not cover other workplaces under the jurisdiction of OSHA or MSHA. “We appreciate the administration’s review and thorough decision making to exclude the aggregates industry from the COVID-19 ETS,” said National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) Vice President of Government…

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Marijuana Consumption Skews Workforce Drug Test Positivity Rates

The COVID-19 pandemic did not dampen workforce drug testing positivity for marijuana, which continued to increase last year in the general U.S. workforce, according to a new Quest Diagnostics analysis. Based on seven million-plus urine drug tests collected between January and December 2020, the overall rate of 4.4% was down only slightly in 2020 versus 2019, whose 4.5% level marked…

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