Environmental and Occupational Health

New 30,000-worker study confirms silica as carcinogen

Findings back OSHA’s new proposed silica exposure rule

A newly published study of Chinese tin and pottery workers has  found that exposure to airborne silica dust is associated with a significant increase in the risk of developing lung cancer.

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Medical marijuana in the workplace: Here’s what you need to know

Illinois recently became the 20th state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, licensed doctors will be allowed to prescribe marijuana to patients who have at least one of more than 30 medical conditions listed in the legislation.

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EPA to restrict imports of harmful chemicals used in carpets

The EPA is finalizing a rule that will allow the agency to restrict imports of potentially harmful perfluorinated chemicals that could be used in carpets. The regulation will require companies to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic and imported products, of these chemicals once used  for soil and stain resistance in carpets.

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California moves to regulate toxic chemicals in consumer products

Manufacturers will have to find safer alternatives

While efforts to reform the federal Toxic Chemicals Safety Act continue to inch slowly forward, the state of California has taken a bold regulatory leap into controlling toxic chemicals – at least those found in consumer products.

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So this is what a national labor union safety and health specialist does…

The American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) recently posted the following job description, which goes into detail about the myriad responsibilities of the national safety and health specialist, and the high bar set for qualified candidates.

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Tests on Gulf spill cleanup workers show altered blood chemistry

Exposure to oil, dispersants heightens cancer risk

Researchers studying a small sampling of workers who’d helped clean up the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill found significantly altered blood profiles that could indicate an increased risk of certain kinds of cancer.

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What is noise-induced hearing loss?

Every day, we experience sound in our environment, such as the sounds from television and radio, household appliances, and traffic. Normally, we hear these sounds at safe levels that do not affect our hearing. However, when we are exposed to harmful noise—sounds that are too loud or loud sounds that last a long time—sensitive structures in our inner ear can be damaged, causing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

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Data acquisition in your gas detection program

Today, the introduction of calibration and docking stations has provided gas detector users the tools needed to further simplify the calibration process. Here are three questions to consider in choosing equipment to calibrate your instruments.

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Digital technology is reinventing safety tools

Search engines like Google, e-books, online publications and blogs changed the way we search and find things.

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What does safety’s crystal ball say?

At a Tuesday session at the 2013 NSC Congress & Expo, former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, OSHA boss Dr. David Michaels, and NIOSH director Dr. John Howard discussed the “future of safety.” Who’s to say what the future holds, right? And predictions about the future are soon forgotten. Here are some of ISHN’s predictions for the future of safety:

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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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2014 December

Check out ISHN's last issue of the year, which features articles about distance learning, foot protection and confined space.

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Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

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