Environmental and Occupational Health

Report: NY airport workers face serious health, safety hazards

Hazardous exposure to bodily fluids, bloodborne pathogens, unlabeled chemical cleaners, diesel emissions, temperature extremes and ear-splitting noise has put contracted airport workers at risk, according to a report by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH). The report confirmed the many dangerous, yet preventable, working conditions that workers at JFK and LaGuardia airports have complained about for years.


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Renovation work results in respiratory illness

Fourteen workers renovating an old house in Quebec, Canada developed a respiratory disease from inhaling hazardous materials, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which warns employers to provide appropriate protective equipment during such work.


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AIHA funds trip to Bangladesh to assess needs and offer technical expertise

Garrett Brown, CIH, this week issued the a report on a six-day trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh, he made with Todd Jailer of Hesperian Health Guides to meet with 17 different government, employer, union and non-governmental organizations in Dhaka.


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Power plants produce most greenhouse gas emissions, according to EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, detailing greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions broken down by industrial sector, geographic region and individual facilities.


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New Ebola web page tells how to protect workers

OSHA has launched a new Ebola Web page that provides guidance for protecting workers from exposure to the Ebola virus, which causes Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF).


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Companies are transporting poorly packaged hazmat by air

Workers, the environment being endangered

UPS and Fedex workers at three different locations were potentially exposed to hazardous materials, because companies shipping toxic chemicals by air failed to comply with labeling and packaging regulations, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


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New guide helps refineries manage waste, minimize risks to people and the environment

IPIECA, The global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, has produced new guidance on waste management for petroleum refinery operations.


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Day & Zimmermann: “Safety is not simply another thing we look to control…”

Food for thought about policies and values for protecting the safety of temporary and independent contract worker, stated on staffing firm Day & Zimmermann’s web site:


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Safety advocate calls for crackdown on NYC nail salon hazmats

In an attempt to protect both workers and customers from the hazardous materials used in New York City nail salons, a Public Advocate is mounting a campaign that would require the city’s 2,000 nail salons to use protective gear and undergo more frequent inspections.


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Accurate and efficient assessments of working posture

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for roughly one-third of workplace illness and injuries in the United States. According to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, overexertion injuries, which include those from work-related lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying, or throwing, cost U.S. businesses $14.2 billion in direct costs in 2013.


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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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