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Recent downloads from e-newsletters of poss. relevance to IE131, January 20, 2011: OSHA Abandons Plans For Workplace Noise Standards. A factor in work planning etc. The AP (1/20) reports, "The government is scrapping plans to change workplace noise standards after business groups and lawmakers complained about the costs." David Michaels assistant secretary of labor for workplace safety, "said excessive noise experienced by employees working around heavy machinery is a serious health concern. But he said the problem requires more public outreach than the agency expected, given the costs of better worker protection." Bloomberg News (1/20, Rosenkrantz) notes that the change of plans follows the President yesterday ordering "a review of US rules to remove or overhaul those that he said may stifle economic expansion without helping consumers." The new standards were being pursued, OSHA said, "because thousands of workers annually suffer from hearing loss due to high workplace noise levels." IndustryWeek (1/19, Jusko) and the Wall Street Journal (1/20, Mundy et al., subscription required) also report the story. FDA Scales Back Changes For 510(k) Program. The AP (1/20) reports, "The Food and Drug Administration is laying out plans to update the 35-year-old system used to approve most medical devices." Notably, the "agency announced a series of changes it plans to make this year, including streamlining the review process for some low-risk devices," although "regulators said they will delay a
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course IE 131 taught by Professor Groover during the Spring '08 term at Lehigh University .

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