Environmental and Occupational Health

New toxic chemical bill would weaken protections, critics charge

March 11, 2014

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) released a draft bill entitled the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA) on Thursday, Feb. 27 that provides no significant improvements in protecting public health and the environment from toxic chemicals. Many of the provisions in the draft bill maintain the already deficient approaches to health protections now included under the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), our nation's outdated and ineffective chemical safety law.


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Higher earners more likely to have paid sick leave

Data shows more than 41 million U.S. workers lack access
March 10, 2014

Income level, occupational type and gender all play a part in whether or not a U.S. worker gets paid sick leave, according to a new study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. “Paid sick days bring substantial benefits to employers, workers, families, and communities,” according to by Claudia Williams, Barbara Gault, Ph.D., authors of:Paid Sick Days Access in the United States: Differences by Race/Ethnicity, Occupation, Earnings, and Work Schedule


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ACGIH® releases 2014 editions of TLVs® and BEIs® Book and Guide to Occupational Exposure Values

March 10, 2014

ACGIH® has released its 2014 editions of the TLVs® and BEIs®book and the Guide to Occupational Exposure Values. The information in the user-friendly, pocket-sized TLVs® and BEIs®book is used worldwide as a guide for evaluation and control of workplace exposures to chemical substances and physical agents.


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AIHA comments on OSHA's proposed injury/illness tracking rule

March 7, 2014

The question of whether or not injury and illness data collected should be reported electronically is one that is difficult for AIHA to answer. While we support the use of technology that would make the reporting requirements much easier and timelier, AIHA is more concerned that the data collected is accurate and meaningful.


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Public health experts aim to reduce costs, improve worker health care

Initiative says certain tests, treatments are unnecessary - and some even harmful
March 4, 2014

Workers who perform safety-sensitive jobs, like operating motor vehicles, forklifts, cranes, or other heavy equipment, should not be prescribed opioids for treatment of chronic or acute pain.


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OHS going from reactive to proactive, survey finds

Even small firms are changing their approach
March 3, 2014

In a recent international survey of nearly 4,000 professionals, 76 percent said they go above and beyond what is required by law and regulations when it comes to managing health and safety at work. Fully 90 percent of respondents said OHS has become an integrated part of today’s corporate strategy.


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OSHA’s proposed silica rule a long way from being finalized

“You can bet the lawsuits will be flying”
February 27, 2014

OSHA will be spending the rest of 2014 holding public hearings and reviewing the approximately 3,000 comments it has already received on its proposed crystalline silica rule. Although OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels has stated the the silica rule – which would reduce occupational exposure limits to the substance – is the agency’s top priority, the issue is “a long, long way from every being finalized,” according to Aaron K. Trippler of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).


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Poll: Nearly 80 percent of employed adults can’t locate their workplace’s defibrillator

February 27, 2014

Each year, approximately 300,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) that require revival from an automated external defibrillator (AED). According to the results of a survey commissioned by Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), a leader in first-aid and safety programs, although many workplaces have AEDs on site, it’s likely that a majority of workers would not be prepared to locate and use the units.


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ISHN's search for creative safety

February 25, 2014

Hello to all. ISHN magazine is searching for examples, case studies, of creative safety in action. These are to be short, 500 words or less, anecdotes of safety campaigns, training activities, practices that reduced injuries, practices that increased employee engagement in safety, practices that got senior leaders more engaged in safety.


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Many Americans go to work when they’re sick

“Too much to do”
February 25, 2014

More than a quarter of American workers always go to work when they’re sick, according to a new survey from NSF International, a global public health and safety organization. The survey found that an additional one-third (34 percent) wait until they experience the full effect of their symptoms before deciding to stay home.


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