Environmental and Occupational Health

What PPE to use when cleaning out radioactive room at nuke site?

Workers at Hanford Site helped select equipment, develop training
July 7, 2014

When workers enter the hazardous and historic McCluskey Room at the Hanford Site this summer, they will be safer due to their preparation and involvement in planning and training for the job.


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Global occupational health and safety standard on horizon to protect workers worldwide

July 3, 2014

The seeds have been planted and are being cultivated for the development of a global occupational health and safety standard. I am participating as a U.S. delegate and member of the U.S. leadership team on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop the new OH&S standard – ISO 45001.


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EPA releases final risk assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE)

Agency begins process to address potential human health risks
July 3, 2014

The EPA has released a final risk assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE) that identifies health risks to workers in shops and dry cleaners that use the chemical as a degreaser or a stain removing agent. Consumers may also be exposed to TCE when using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives.


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Lead in kids’ blood linked with behavioral and emotional problems

July 2, 2014

Emotional and behavioral problems show up even with low exposure to lead, and as blood lead levels increase in children, so do the problems, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The results were published online June 30 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.


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Acclimatization helps protect outdoor workers from heat illness

July 1, 2014

The Department of Labor and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have teamed up again to prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses. Heat-related injuries and fatalities in outdoor workers continue with record-breaking heat waves over the last three summers.


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EPA releases new policy statement on climate change adaptation

July 1, 2014

 The EPA today released a new policy statement on climate change adaptation to help the nation prepare for and respond to the impacts of a changing climate. The policy commits the Agency to work with states, tribes, and local communities to increase their resilience to extreme weather events and prepare for the impacts of climate change. 


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A houseboat hazard you didn’t think of: carbon monoxide

Without emission controls, levels are well above IDLH
June 27, 2014

A study by researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), found that houseboats that use gasoline-powered generators without emission controls routinely emit carbon monoxide concentrations well above NIOSH’s immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) value of 1200 parts per million.


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Making the ROI case for safety

Webinar on Thursday explains gas detection, bottom line
June 26, 2014

Employees today are expected to do more with less, and safety professionals are no exception. While the business case for safety would seem to be obvious – high injury rates cost money and reduce productivity – getting upper management to commit resources to safety can be challenging if there’s a perception that the cost won’t justify the results.


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From Work in Progress, the official blog of the U.S. DOL

Weather Forecasters: Summer’s Unsung Heroes

June 24, 2014

When severe weather strikes, we often turn to meteorologists and weather forecasters for life-saving information.  Tina Eller of Atlanta told the New York Times that her local weatherman, Glenn Burns, saved the lives of her and her family in 2011 by issuing an on-air warning to take cover when a tornado was minutes away from ravaging her community.


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Why some workers do better after injuries than others

June 20, 2014

Workers who are concerned about being fired after an injury experience poorer return-to-work outcomes than workers without those worries, according to new studies from Massachusetts’ Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).


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