Environmental and Occupational Health

Offshore oil platform discharges oil, chemicals into Gulf

Owner to pay $1 million in penalties

A company charged with violating both the Clean Water Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) has agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty and take corrective actions to prevent future discharges of oil and chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.


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The business case for safety and health at work:

Cost-benefit analyses of interventions in small and medium-sized enterprises

From the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often referred to as the backbone of the European economy as they account for 67 percent of employment. However, at the same time , they also account for 82 percent of occupational injuries.


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Employers urged to prepare for Ebola

In a message that will resonate across the country, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and the New York State Nurses Association are urging employers in their state to make Ebola preparedness a top priority.


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ACGIH® announces 2015 election results

ACGIH® is pleased to announce new members for its 2015 Board of Directors and its 2015 Nominating Committee. In accordance with a 2013 amendment to the ACGIH® Bylaws, ACGIH®’s membership elected three (3) members to serve as Directors on the Board of Directors.


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Working at home: For employers, it can’t be “out of sight, out of mind”

Home working has been steadily increasing over the past decade, with the number of people working from home now reaching four million, according to the United Kingdom (UK) Office for National Statistics.


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Michaels on PELs rule: “We have an opportunity”

In formally requesting input from stakeholders about its bid to update chemical permissible exposure limits, OSHA is “initiating a national dialogue” about ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.


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OSHA moves forward on updating PELs

OSHA today announced the publication of a Request for Information (RFI) to stakeholders and others requesting recommendations on how the agency might update its permissible exposure limits (PELs) for hundreds of chemicals, many of which have exposure limits dating back to 1970. 


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High-pollution days linked to increased risk of cardiac arrest

Rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are elevated after days with high levels of air pollutants, reports a Japanese study in the October Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).


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National COSH recognizes Health and Safety award winners

Activists from CA, MA, NY, and NJ lauded for standing up for safer workplaces

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) says the the winners of its 2014 health and safety awards are “extraordinary people” who are helping to make workplaces safer by empowering workers and building coalitions.


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Report: NY airport workers face serious health, safety hazards

Hazardous exposure to bodily fluids, bloodborne pathogens, unlabeled chemical cleaners, diesel emissions, temperature extremes and ear-splitting noise has put contracted airport workers at risk, according to a report by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH). The report confirmed the many dangerous, yet preventable, working conditions that workers at JFK and LaGuardia airports have complained about for years.


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Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

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