The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was originally adopted by OSHA in 1994. Since its recent update, it is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) used throughout the world.
The White House has designated this week as Extreme Heat Week. For federal agencies, it’s a time to double down on community preparedness for extreme heat events, with the help of community planners and public health officials.
Under OSHA’s revision of the Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200 (HCS), information about chemical hazards be conveyed on labels using quick visual notations to alert the user, providing immediate recognition of the hazards.
The Obama administration has issued new rules for reducing climate-warming methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector, continuing its string of executive branch actions aimed at addressing climate change.
A Monday morning session at the AIHce studies the risks of microbiology exposure. Workers in many different jobs may be exposed to various infectious biological agents either intentionally or accidentally.
A roundtable discussion Monday morning at the AIHce tackles the subject, “Big Legal and Business Issues in the Small World of Nanotechnology.” Also Monday morning, the Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award Lecture focuses on “The Challenge of Setting Occupational Exposure Limits for Engineered Nanomaterials.”
The U.S. federal government is diving into the world of citizen science and scientific crowdsourcing with its new CitizenScience.gov website. The General Services Administration launched the website at the direction of John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, who issued a memo (pdf) in September outlining how the federal government can address "societal and scientific challenges through citizen science and crowdsourcing."
The second TOS+H Expo (Turkish Occupational Safety + Health Exhibition) continued the success of the premiere event two years ago and recently concluded in Istanbul with a large increase in visitor participation: 5,223 trade visitors (3,540 in 2014) participated to see the latest trends in personal protection equipment, health at work, occupational safety presented by 106 exhibitors from 17 nations. TOS+H Expo 2016 was jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf and the local trade fair company Tezulas Fuar.
The Maryland Department of the Environment says Memphis-based Verso Corp. will pay a $10,000 settlement for two chemical spills that tainted the Potomac River last fall. Agency spokesman Jay Apperson said the amount is the same as a fine the agency proposed in February.