Environmental and Occupational Health

Paint stripping chemical IDd as health risk to workers, others

DCM among three final chemical risk assessments issued by EPA

More than 230,000 workers in the U.S. are directly exposed to Dichloromethane (DCM), which is widely used in paint stripping products and poses health risks to those who use the products and even bystanders in workplaces and residences where DCM is used.


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NIOSH chief reflects on Labor Day

On Labor Day 2014, we reflect on the ways in which work sustains us as individuals, strengthens our families and communities, and enables our society to function smoothly and productively. We see this in our daily lives.


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Through the eyes of the executive

Leadership summit discusses combining health protection (safety) with health promotion (well-being)

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), in collaboration with the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at the University of California, Berkeley, sponsored a two-day Leadership Roundtable on June 20-21, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn.


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California nurses applaud new patient lifting regs

The California Nurses Association says new state regulations by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will result in improved safety for patients, registered nurses, and other staff in lifting and other handling of hospitalized patients.


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AEM expands REACH training program to cover Conflict Minerals and RoHS rules

Manufacturers must prove compliance throughout supply chain or risk losing market access

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is expanding its REACH regulatory-compliance training program to help members and the industry comply with the complex Conflict Minerals and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) rules.


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Oil industry association releases health leading Indicators report

A global oil and gas industry association has issued a report based on 2013 data on leading indicators related to health management in the industry.


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Historic Rhode Island mansion holds dangers for renovators

Lead exposure, fall potential get Preservation Society cited, fined

Employees of The Preservation Society of Newport County were exposed to lead and potentially fatal falls while scraping and abrasively removing lead-based paint from an outbuilding at the Newport mansion known as Chateau-sur-Mer, reports the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


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NIOSH’s “favorite holiday” is right around the corner

N95 Day Twitter chat, webinar will focus on preparedness

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has designated Friday, September 5 as N95 Day and will use the event as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of properly using NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) to substantially reduce the risk of injury, illness and death.


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Employees benefit from natural light, study finds

Sunshine helps with alertness, mood, metabolism

Natural light during the work day may benefit employees by improving their sleep and quality of life, according to a new study. "There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day -- particularly in the morning -- is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism," study senior author Dr. Phyllis Zee, professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said in a university news release.


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Quiet please! The importance of sound design for the workplace

The unveiling of the first “Superdesk” just over a month ago caused eyebrows to rise in unison across the more discerning areas of the web. The 1100 ft table, which snakes through the open-plan office of New York advertising agency the Barbarian Group like a giant Scalextric, has been called “a marvel of design” and “4400 square feet of undulating, unbroken awesomeness" which "keeps people and ideas flowing."


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