Environmental and Occupational Health

Michaels enlists meteorologists in heat warning campaign

"His death was entirely preventable"
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Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health recently spoke to meteorologists and weather forecasters about OSHA's Heat Stress Awareness Campaign:


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Cadmium exposure results in OSHA citations

Regency Technologies faces $66,000 in fines
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Workers at an Ohio electronics recycling facility were exposed to cadmium, a toxin known to cause cancer that targets the body’s cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological, reproductive, and respiratory systems.


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Noise exposure expert wins Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award

Dennis P. Driscoll, P.E., to be recognized at upcoming AIHA Fall Conference
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Noise exposure expert Dennis P. Driscoll, P.E. will be recognized for his contributions to noise control and hearing conservation at the AIHA Fall Conference, being held September 28 through October 2 in Miami, Fla.


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Maryland court: Employer not responsible for take home exposure to asbestos

Granddaughter who did asbestos worker's laundry suffered lung disease
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Maryland’s Court of Appeals has ruled that asbestos companies are not responsible for illnesses suffered by family members of asbestos workers who brought the substance home with them in their clothing prior to 1972.


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Safety’s surge in the energy industries

Gas detection goes wireless

Access real-time threat data from virtually anywhere
By John Mccreadie
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Wireless gas detection is being adopted in a wide range of industrial applications today — including oil and gas refinement, chemical production, coal-fired power production and animal-rendering plants.


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Report: New Mexico’s ag workers lack safety & health protection

Pesticide poisoning described as “pervasive”
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Many of New Mexicos’s agricultural employers are excluded from the enforcement and oversight activities of OSHA, leaving many workers toiling in unsafe conditions – and often earning below minimum wage, says a new report.


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Europeans sounding alarm on endocrine disrupters

Studies find health of workers and their children affected
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Endocrine disruptors - chemicals that interfere with the hormone system – are the focus of growing concern in Europe. Istas, the research arm of the Spanish trade union CC.OO, sounded the alarm in a recent report, while European NGOs launched the "EDC Free – Stop Hormone Disrupting Chemicals” campaign at the end of March.


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OSHA announces new isocyanates NEP

Chemicals can cause occupational asthma -- and worse
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OSHA has announced a new National Emphasis Program to protect workers from the serious health effects from occupational exposure to isocyanates.


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Protecting construction workers from the summer heat

Tips from CPWR
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Heat is a frequently underestimated occupational hazard of the construction industry, according to Pete Stafford, Executive Director of the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR).


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OSHA, NWA team up to help prevent heat-related problems among workers

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OSHA is again partnering with the NOAA National Weather Service to help employers protect workers from the effects of extreme heat.


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