Bruce Rolfsen, Bloomberg Law

Bruce Rolfsen

Bloomberg Law

Arlington, VA, United States

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Past articles by Bruce:

Biden’s Chemical Safety Investigators Seek to Boost Reporting

New leadership at the federal board probing chemical accidents is focusing efforts on releasing more reports and information as it tries to climb out of a bureaucratic hole from investigator shortages. → Read More

Amazon Safety Inspections Likely Part of Wider Criminal Inquiry

The Justice Department investigation into Inc. worker safety likely will dig into questions of whether the online retailer engaged in widespread misreporting of injury and illness rates, criminal and labor law scholars say. → Read More

Tyson Loses Again in Appeals Court Challenge of Covid Liability

A Trump administration executive order doesn’t protect Tyson Foods Inc. from workers’ Covid-19 death and injury liability lawsuits, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided Thursday. → Read More

Stopping Silica Disease Is New Mine Safety Chief’s Top Priority

Improving protections from toxic silica dust is Christopher Williamson’s top priority as he takes the reins of the Mine Safety and Health Administration. → Read More

Health-Care OSHA Inspections for Covid Surpass 2021 Levels (1)

Even without a Covid-19 health-care standard to enforce, OSHA has inspected more hospitals and nursing homes in the first six months of 2022 than it did for all of 2021, agency enforcement numbers show. → Read More

Production Company Fined After Fatal Shooting on Alec Baldwin Movie Set

The production company overseeing the Western film where Alec Baldwin was holding a handgun that fatally shot a crew member was cited Wednesday by New Mexico authorities for not protecting the movie’s cast and crew. → Read More

Arizona Could Lose Worker Safety Oversight to Federal OSHA (1)

Arizona could lose its oversight of worker safety issues for private employers because of the state’s intransigence in adopting federal standards, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday. → Read More

Watchdog Faults OSHA for Lack of Covid Enforcement Cooperation

During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, OSHA and other federal agencies failed to share information that could have led to more worker safety inspections in high-hazard industries, the Labor Department’s watchdog agency said Tuesday. → Read More

Virginia Worker Safety Board Agrees to Covid-19 Rule Revocation (1)

Virginia’s first-in-the-nation rule protecting workers from Covid-19 infections could be revoked within the week following a vote Monday by the state’s Safety and Health Codes Board. → Read More

Covid-19 Still an OSHA Priority Even as Masking Guidance Changes

Even with masking mandates being lifted in many places, OSHA continues to see Covid-19 as its primary enforcement concern. → Read More

SEC Worker Safety Disclosure Rule Yielding Scattershot Results

Large employers are taking tentative steps to disclose their safety and health programs in response to a 2020 federal rule encouraging them to reveal the information in annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission. → Read More

Court Fight Over Shot-or-Test Mandate Ends With Suits’ Dismissal

A federal appeals court has dismissed litigation over the Biden administration’s controversial shot-or-test rule for large U.S. businesses. → Read More

Virginia Worker Safety Panel Recommends Axing Covid-19 Rule (2)

Virginia should withdraw its first-in-the nation Covid-19 worker protection rule, the state’s Safety and Health Codes Board decided Wednesday. → Read More

Virginia Worker Safety Panel Recommends Axing Covid-19 Rule (2)

Virginia should withdraw its first-in-the nation Covid-19 worker protection rule, the state’s Safety and Health Codes Board decided Wednesday. → Read More

Covid-19 Regulation Still on Agenda, OSHA Chief Doug Parker Says

The most urgent rulemaking for the federal government’s worker safety agency is enacting a permanent Covid-19 standard for the health-care industry, OSHA chief Doug Parker told Bloomberg Law. → Read More

Health-Care Virus Standard Close to Nine Months Away, OSHA Says

A new OSHA Covid-19 standard to protect health-care workers should be completed in six to nine months, the agency said Friday. → Read More

Shot-or-Test Time Arrives With OSHA Resolute, Employers in Limbo

Absent a Supreme Court directive to the contrary, Monday marked the first day the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration could begin citing employers for violating the agency’s Covid-19 shot-or-test emergency temporary standard. → Read More

First Health-Care Worker Virus Rule Officially Ended by OSHA (2)

OSHA has officially withdrawn its original Covid-19 health-care emergency temporary standard but is continuing to work on a permanent version of the rule. → Read More

Vaccine-to-Work Mandate Hangs on if Covid’s Still ‘Grave Danger’

The Biden administration’s ability to enforce its emergency Covid-19 shot-or-test workplace mandate hinges on convincing courts that despite rising immunization rates the virus still poses a “grave danger” to employees. → Read More

White House Sets Jan. 4 Shots-or-Tests Deadline for U.S. Workers

OSHA has issued a federal rule mandating Covid-19 vaccinations or at least weekly testing for workers at U.S. companies with 100 or more employees. → Read More