Partner Resources

Safeguard Sign smallInteractive tools, maps, directories and online databases brought to you by coalition members, partners and allies.

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Rules at Risk

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to strike down regulations issued in the final months of the last administration using expedited procedures. As a result, hundreds of health, safety, pocketbook and environmental protections are in danger of being repealed, and we won’t be able to get them back any time soon. If these rules are repealed, corporate predators, polluters and pickpockets will be free to abuse, exploit and discriminate against American workers, consumers and families — knowing they won’t be held accountable. This site highlights the key rules at risk of being wiped out. It is a project of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards.

 

Violation Tracker 2.0

Violation Tracker is the first national search engine on corporate misconduct. Use this free resource to discover which corporations are the biggest regulatory violators throughout the United States. Version 2.0 contains over 120,000 resolved cases brought by more than three dozen federal regulatory agencies since 2010, including those referred to the Justice Department. Other violation types will be added later. Companies named in the individual entries are linked to a universe of some 2,300 large parent companies. Violation Tracker is produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First.

 

Oil & Gas Threat Map

The Oil & Gas Threat Map shows health risks from oil and gas air pollution in two different ways. On individual state maps, it plots the location of all active oil and gas wells in the United States (except North Carolina and Idaho), and then counts the people, schools and hospitals located within half a mile of these facilities. It also shows which counties have health risks because of oil and gas toxic air pollution based on EPA data and models. The Map is a reminder that the threat posed by pollution, as well as the people at risk, are very real by allowing you to search for your home or school to find out if you’re at elevated risk for exposure to this pollution. This tool also shows infrared videos of normally invisible pollution from oil and gas operations and includes interviews with people impacted by this pollution. The Map is a project of Earthworks, the Clean Air Task Force and FracTracker Alliance.

 

SafeguardsDelayed.org

From air pollution standards to worker safety protections to food safety rules, regulations developed by federal agencies go through one final step before implementation. They are reviewed by a small office in the White House called the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, or OIRA. That office is ostensibly focused on economic analysis, but too often is the site of political interference. Rules are frequently delayed, weakened or blocked thanks to heavy pressure from regulated industries. Executive Order 12,866, signed by President Clinton and reaffirmed by President Obama, directs OIRA to spend no more than 90 days reviewing a rule, with the possibility for a single 30-day extension. Yet many rules have been held up at OIRA for longer than 90 or even 120 days. Public Citizen has developed an interactive tool showing which rules are currently being weakened or delayed, the length and cost of those delays, and who has been lobbying the government to rig the rules in their favor.

 

Workplace Chemical Exposure Database

Workplace chemical exposures are the nation’s eighth leading cause of death but the U.S. lacks any strategy for preventing the more than 40,000 premature deaths each year, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). PEER’s Worker Right-to-Know database holds 30 years of Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) chemical exposure readings from inspections back to 1984 — helping workers see which substances they encountered and helping OSHA improve safeguards for worker health. In addition to individual inspection data, the database allows workplace exposure data to be searched by year, by state, by establishment type and by substances detected. The site includes a geospatial display of all OSHA workplace monitoring sampling results.

 

U.S. Worker Fatality Database, 2014

More than 1,700 workplace fatalities occurred in 2014. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has assembled a database and interactive map showing the names, people and stories behind the statistical reports of deaths on the job, with links to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports and news accounts. The data can be sorted by age, gender, city, state, industry and keywords such as “fall elevation,” “electrocuted,” “explosion” and other terms linked to the cause of death. It is the largest open-access data set of individual workplace fatalities ever collected in the United States.

 

Summary of Regulatory and Administrative Reform Bills

The Administrative Conference of the United States has compiled summaries and status updates for bills introduced in the 112th and 114th sessions of Congress (occurring between 2011 and 2016) addressing regulatory reform. Entries are listed in reverse chronological order based on the date the bill was introduced into Congress. House and Senate versions of the same bill are listed together using the more recent introduction date. Links to relevant committee reports are provided where available.

 

State Occupational Health and Safety Rules Database

Public Citizen and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research program have developed the first-ever comprehensive database of state occupational safety and health standards in the 25 states with a federally-approved occupational safety and health enforcement agency. The database contains all regulations and laws that have not been adopted identically from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and that are meant to protect workers from specific workplace safety and health hazards.

 

Oil Train Blast Zones Interactive Map

Every day the oil industry sends millions of gallons of highly flammable crude oil through cities and towns across North America. Our rail system was never built for this dangerous cargo. ForestEthics has created an interactive map showing the blast radius of these “bombs on wheels” as they travel across the United States and Canada. Type in your address to see if your home, school or business is at risk.