Environmental and Occupational Health

EPA tightens fine particulate pollution standards under the Clean Air Act

January 4, 2013

On December 14th the EPA finalized a rule updating the standards for fine particulates, including soot, setting the annual health standard to 12 micrograms per cubic meter, down from the current level of 15. EPA’s proposed rule issued in June, 2012 generated more than 230,000 public comments.


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ISHN’s 28th annual White Paper Reader Survey

January 3, 2013
Here are the results from ISHN's 28th Annual White Paper Reader Survey.


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Stop Silica sicknesses now

Don’t wait for a new standard
January 3, 2013
At least 1.7 million U.S. workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in industries and occupations including construction, sandblasting, and mining, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Wireless gas detection systems help refineries prevent accidents from turning into disasters

January 3, 2013
Accidents and other safety incidents at petroleum refineries and chemical plants can quickly escalate to full-blown crises.


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Wisconsin foundries address high ergo injury rates

January 2, 2013

Foundries in northeast Wisconsin have renewed a strategic partnership with OSHA aimed at improving ergonomic programs and reducing the rate of musculoskeletal injuries. The foundry industry has a high rate of musculoskeletal and other ergonomic-related injuries due to tasks such as moving heavy equipment, material handling and the use of pneumatic equipment such as grinders and sanders.


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Elliott Berger to receive National Hearing Conservation Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award

December 20, 2012

Elliott H. Berger, M.S., Division Scientist for 3M’s Occupational Health & Environmental Safety Division, will be presented with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Lifetime Achievement Award in St. Petersburg, FL, in February, 2013.


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Americans go to work sick - and spread the germs

December 20, 2012

Americans don’t like to take sick days – and when they’re sick, they don’t take steps to prevent co-workers from getting sick, too. Those conclusions come from a new study commissioned by Cintas Corporation, which found that 84% of U.S. adults who are employed have gone to work while sick. Of those, 45 percent don’t warn co-workers about their illness, and 45 percent don’t avoid direct contact – such as shaking hands – which could transmit an illness to others.


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New online resource helps companies control silica dust

December 13, 2012

A new online resource from the Center for Construction Research and Training provides information and tools to help identify silica hazards, understand the health risk, and easily find equipment and methods to control the dust.


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NIOSH focuses on chemical hazards in oil, gas industry

December 12, 2012

NIOSH researchers involved in an effort to characterize chemical hazards in the oil and gas extraction industry have found elevated levels of silica exposure during hydraulic fracturing operations.


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TODAY Show highlights restaurant noise dangers

December 7, 2012

An NBC TODAY Show segment that aired yesterday exposed the excessive noise levels that occur in many restaurants – and illustrate the need for trained professionals to do testing, according to the American Industrial Hygiene Association.


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