Environmental and Occupational Health

Emergency response when emotions run high

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I know ISHN magazine is quoting reports by other sources, but I know for a fact that OSHA and EPA did extensive air sampling for air contaminants at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center after 9/11. Results of the sampling were posted in the OSHA and EPA web sites.


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Heat stress help: Is your personal hydration meter on the full side?

By Dan O'Brien, CSP
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Are you tired of lessons and definitions of heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke every summer? Don’t get me wrong, these are important topics for our employees to know and understand. My concern is many of our employees are a little short on actionable information past the three definitions.


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The heat is on

OSHA launches annual campaign to prevent heat-related illness
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It’s that time of year again. OSHA is putting its Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers in full swing, in an attempt to raise awareness and educate workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather and provide resources and guidance to address these hazards.


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Educated safety pros versus safety pros with experience – what’s the difference?

A conversation among pros posted on the LinkedIn EHS Professionals discussion forum
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Project Safety Facilitator: With the implementation of the CSP and other certifications, why are many safety professionals without proper credentials allowed to have the positions of directors and managers? I have a MS in EHS and experience and credentials, but I still encounter colleagues with only experience and they feel as though education in safety doesn't matter, because they've been doing safety for well over 20 years.


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Reports of worker fatalities during flowback operations

A NIOSH Science Blog post
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Although worker safety hazards in the oil and gas extraction industry are well known, there is very little published data regarding occupational health hazards (e.g., types and magnitude of risks for chemical exposures) during oil and gas extraction operations.


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Workplace solvents could lead to memory problems decades after exposure

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A new study published recently in the journal Neurology suggests a link between workplace solvents and memory loss. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Colorado School of Public Health examined the results of memory and cognitive tests conducted more than 2,000 retirees of the French national utility company about ten years after they’d retired.


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EPA proposes updates to emissions standards for refineries

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After receiving input from stakeholders including community groups, industry and the states, the EPA is proposing to update the toxic air pollution standards for petroleum refineries to protect neighborhoods located near refineries. The agency describes the change as a “common-sense” proposal that includes new monitoring requirements.


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Do you – and your workers – understand the new GHS labels?

Label deadline will take effect next year
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As of December 1, 2014, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to ship products using old labels. Instead, they must be in compliance with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) regulations incorporated into the Hazard Communications standard published by OSHA in 2012. Among the changes: new GHS labels.


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Published report: Nano worker developed allergic sensitization, breathing problems, and rash

By Dr. Shane Journey
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The American Journal of Industrial Medicine recently reported online a “game changing” Harvard-based report by Dr. Shane Journeay and Dr. Rose Goldman in the field of nanotechnology - toxicology. The study is the first reported or published case in North America of a worker handling nanoparticles in a U.S. manufacturing facility and developing serious health effects.


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Unions from around the world call for asbestos ban

Russian asbestos industry tries to crash conference
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It’s legal in emerging nations but banned in the developed world (although you can still find it in many buildings). An international coalition called for it to be banned globally 25 years ago, but as an industry, it continues to thrive.


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