Environmental and Occupational Health

Determining the cause of a workplace injury

Ergonomic analysis plays a role
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In many work-related injury claims, the prevailing cause of the injury is called into question by healthcare professionals who commonly help determine if a claimed injury was truly the result of a task performed on the job, or factors such as existing medical conditions or lifestyle habits are to blame.


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OSHA and NIOSH issue hazard alert on 1-bromopropane

Chemical is used in degreasing, dry cleaning, furniture manufacturing
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OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health today issued a hazard alert to urge employers that use 1-bromopropane (1-BP) to take appropriate steps to protect workers from exposure. "The use of 1-bromopropane has increased in workplaces over the last 20 years," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.


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Noise + chemical exposure can cause devastating damage

By Dr. Robert Ghent
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Any safety manager will reasonably segregate personal protective equipment (PPE) into categories based on the hazards such equipment is designed to mitigate.


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High-pressure hydraulic “fracking” poses silica exposures

By Dennis Capizzi and Leslie Mitchell
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Hydraulic fracturing has been used for hydrocarbon recovery for decades, but has become widespread in North America due to a modern process known as horizontal slick water fracking


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Risks from building materials used in green construction

By Dave Johnson
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Consider the relative health risks in the selection of the type of wood used. Use for example the information in the publication ‘Less dust’ of the European social partners in the wood industr.


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Hair styling product exposes cosmetologists to formaldehyde

New study finds levels above OELs
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A study being published in the August issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) found that a popular hair straightening product used in hair salons could expose hair styliststo airborne formaldehyde at levels above the limits determined by OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA.


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EPA expands list of safer chemical ingredients

Fragrance-containing cleansers added for first time
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The EPA has added more than 130 chemicals to its Safer Chemical Ingredients List including, for the first time, 119 chemicals that use fragrance for commercial and consumer cleaning products.


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USF shows students promise of occupational safety & health fields

By Mark Schreiner
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When most people hear the phrase "occupational health and safety," they probably think of OSHA, the federal government organization that regulates workplace health and safety. Others may just think of researchers in huge moon suits, breathing through respirators like Darth Vader while they investigate some on-the-job mishap.


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Gloves may not protect against nanoparticles

New test method may be used on other protective clothing
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A newly developed testing method shows that nanoparticles may penetrate through some types of gloves under conditions simulating workplace use.


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Study: Handling receipts endangers store cashiers’ unborn babies

Danger comes from bisphenol A in thermal paper
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Banned in baby bottles, and removed from a number of products, Bisphenol A (BPA) is still found in the thermal paper used for sales receipts – which could be putting the health of pregnant cashiers’ unborn babies at risk according to a recent study.


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