Environmental and Occupational Health

OSHA publishes new fact sheet on protecting workers who may be exposed to Ebola virus

OSHA has released a new factsheet, based on existing guidance from OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help employers select appropriate personal protective equipment for workers who may be exposed to the Ebola virus.


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Protect workers against radiation-related health hazards

Ionizing radiation is addressed in specific OSHA standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, and the construction industry.


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Bill to improve black lung benefits process introduced in Congress

Democrat from Pa. seeks to address “resource disparities” between coal companies, claimants

Congressional Democrats have introduced a measure designed to streamline the process for miners filing benefits claims under the Black Lung Benefits Act – and to help miners overcome the “resource disparities” between themselves and the coal companies who use legal maneuvering to block the miners’ claims.


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Oil industry associations developing oil spill best practice guides

Documents cover training, health and safety, incident management

The IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, in partnership with the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP), has completed seven of the 24 Good Practice Guides that are being rewritten or newly created as part of the update of the IPIECA oil spill preparedness and response report series.


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Thanksgiving ergonomics: Reducing material handling injuries with engineering controls

If you haven’t purchased your 20 pound Thanksgiving turkey or your 10 pound bag of potatoes rest assured employees at your local grocery stores are busy restocking the shelves each day with your favorite Thanksgiving foods.


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Scientists determine how the environment contributes to disease

NIH researchers find link to cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s

Using a new imaging technique, National Institutes of Health researchers have found that the biological machinery that builds DNA can insert molecules into the DNA strand that are damaged as a result of environmental exposures.


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Nurses want rest of U.S. to follow California’s lead in Ebola protection

State establishes mandatory guidelines for healthcare worker PPE, training

National Nurses United (NNU) is calling on OSHA and other states to follow the mandatory safeguards recently established by California to protect nurses, other health workers, and the public from the threat of the deadly Ebola virus.


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Safety activists Dan Neal and Linda Delp recognized by APHA

Two veteran worker safety activists, Dan Neal and Linda Delp, were recognized with prestigious awards at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in New Orleans.


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Enviro group: Noise pollution a health threat near unconventional oil & gas sites

Noise pollution at oil and gas sites remains “woefully under-studied contrary to its public health significance,” according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Environmental noise caused by oil and gas drilling activities is often overlooked entirely or rejected as a minor, temporary nuisance by industry and regulators, despite the fact that drilling and other activities at well sites are very noisy and can be close to homes, according to the NRDC.


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Palm-size noise detectors proposed to measure NYC hustle and bustle

A New York City Council bill would require the Big Apple’s Department of Environmental Protection to install palm-size detectors to collect dataon noise pollutionin city neighborhoods, according to WCBS Radio.


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Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

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