Environmental and Occupational Health

AIHA urges firefighters to better protect themselves against toxic exposures

Contaminants can remain even after a fire is extinguished

In honor of Fire Protection Month, the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) is urging firefighters to better protect themselves against the countless hazardous exposures associated with the profession.


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AIHA applauds OSHA’s attention to outdated PELs

Most of existing limits are based on 30-year-old recommendations

OSHA’s renewed focus on outdated permissible exposure limits (PELs) is drawing praise from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), which vowed to support the agency in its effort to address the problem.


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NIOSH Science Blog

Conducting responder health research and biomonitoring during and following disasters

When responding to a disaster, emergency workers may face unique health risks from exposures to hazardous chemical and environmental contaminants in forms and circumstances often not seen in other occupations.


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EPA to hold public hearings on reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants

Proposal will be issued by June 2014

Want a say in the EPA’s carbon pollution rulemaking? You can attend and speak out at one of 11 “public listening sessions” the agency will hold across the country to solicit ideas and input from the public and stakeholders about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants.


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Shutdown ends, uncertainty remains

Will politicians’ actions cause U.S. brain drain?

With the 16-day government shutdown officially over, 450,000 furloughed federal employees headed back to work today. While it’s unclear how long it will take EHS-related agencies like OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH, the CSB and the NTSHA to get back up to speed, some consequences of the shutdown include an estimated $23 billion hit to the U.S. economy and – some say – irreversible damage to the scientific standing of the country.


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Best OSH films to be recognized at international festival

“What are the trends?”

It’s the EHS version of the Academy Awards: a media festival taking place in Frankfurt, Germany in 2014 will honor the best media productions about occupational safety and health. The International Media Festival for Prevention will give awards to films and multimedia applications that increase risk awareness on the part of employees or provide information on comprehensive safety topics.


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New York City residents have above average pesticide exposures

Dense living conditions could be a factor

Think pesticide exposure occurs mainly in rural settings, among agricultural workers? Think again. A new study shows that New York City residents have a higher-than-average exposure to two types of pesticides.


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Report Finds pesticides as the cause of bee-kills in Minnesota

One third of our food supply depends on bee pollination

A recent investigation into the death of thousands of bees last month in Minnesota revealed that fipronil, a widely used insecticide, was to blame. In mid-September, three colonies of bees in Minneapolis were found twitching and dying on the ground.


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OSHA enforcement cases relating to hearing conservation

Earlier this year OSHA cited Kamps Inc. for 10 alleged safety and health -- including one willful -- violations at its Versailles wood pallet manufacturing facility. OSHA's inspection was initiated on Nov. 4, 2011, under the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which expands the scope of a routine inspection to cover all hazards associated with the employer's industry. Proposed fines total $101,000.


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How will shutdown affect OSHA’s silica proposal?

A prolonged government shutdown could affect the rulemaking process of OSHA’s recently proposed OSHA silica rule in a number of ways, according to Aaron Trippler, Government Affairs Director for the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).


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Why Flame Resistant Workwear? Understanding Workplace Hazards and OSHA Compliance

By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

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