Environmental and Occupational Health

Wisconsin manufacturing company cited in death of worker

A 55-year-old worker who was found unresponsive in a restroom at Bremer Manufacturing Co. Inc. on May 6, 2014 later died. The man, who had been employed at the Elkhart Lake foundry for the past 38 years, worked with resin-containing isocyanates on the sand molding line.


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National Safety Council becomes an affiliate of the NIOSH Total Worker Health program

Initiative partners aim to help employers focus on employees’ safety, health and well-being

The National Safety Council has become the seventh organization to join the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Total Worker Health Affiliate Program. The program focuses on increasing the number of work environments that support the integration of occupational safety and health protection with health promotion.


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CDC increasing supply of Ebola-specific PPE for U.S. hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ordered $2.7 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to increase Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) supplies to assist U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients.


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Protecting workers who are not in health care from Ebola

While most workers in the U.S. are unlikely to be exposed to the Ebola virus or come into contact with people who are ill with Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF), many employers across a variety of industries are concerned about protecting their personnel from the virus.


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BNSF Railway worker disciplined for taking a sick half-day

BNSF Railway Company violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act when it disciplined a sick worker whose doctor told him to take the rest of the day off, according to OSHA.


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Fracking exposes hazardous silica risks

According to the website silica-safe.org, silica is one of the most common naturally occurring elements on the planet.


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Subscription based gas detection: When will you make the switch?

Let’s face it; the world is subscription-based and you’re living in it.


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Georgia trash hauler failed to provide vaccine to employees

Stafford Transport Inc., a solid waste removal trucking company, has been cited by OSHA for five safety and health violations following an inspection at the company's Mableton facility. OSHA initiated the inspection in July 2014 as part of the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which directs enforcement resources to workplaces with higher-than-average rates of injuries and illnesses.


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Hanford nuke cleanup site workers sickened; exposure monitoring shows no problems

A series of toxic chemical exposures at the Hanford Site is prompting stepped up safety measures at the vast nuclear cleanup site in southeastern Washington, according to documents obtained by KING 5 News.


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Developing countries cited for rampant chemical exposures to workers

The rampant use of toxic chemicals at almost every workplace is putting the huge number of the country's workforce at high health risk, as according to a survey, at least 21 people die in Bangladesh every month due to use of such chemicals.


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