Environmental and Occupational Health

OSHA to hold live web chat about silica rule

Ask questions, get details in tomorrow’s online event
January 13, 2014

Want to learn more about OSHA’s proposed rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica? The agency will host a live web chat tomorrow from 1 – 1:30 p.m. EST to discuss it.


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Older firefighters more resilient than younger ones

New study finds long-term heat adaptation due to repeated occupational heat stress exposure
January 13, 2014

Older firefighters who are chronically exposed to heat stress on the job may be more heat resilient over time. A recent study published in the December issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) found that older firefighters may be able to tolerate more challenging or arduous work environments before they feel affected by the heat, compared to non-heat-exposed workers who would need to stop work prematurely. 


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West Virginians still waiting in line for drinking water

Company reported toxic chemical spill four hours after residents complained of smell
January 13, 2014

State and federal authorities continue to descend on Charleston, West Virginia in the wake of a devastating chemical spill Thursday that has left 300,000 residents of nine counties unable to drink tap water and has forced the closure of schools and businesses.


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Demolition co. knew about asbestos, didn’t protect workers

Thompson Building Wrecking specializes in asbestos removal
January 9, 2014

OSHA personnel who followed up on a complaint and inspected a Georgia elementary school that was being demolished found that Thompson Building Wrecking Co., Inc. was knowingly exposing workers to asbestos-containing debris being moved by a skid steer loader with a grapple attachment. The debris had been allowed to accumulate on the ground.


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New Year’s resolutions for safety professionals

January 8, 2014

Resolution #1: Less Focus On Preaching More On Teaching. Awareness campaigns are important for the unaware. But most workers who ultimately get hurt do so knowing something they know is dangerous, or at very least that they suspected COULD be dangerous. 


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ASSE, Cintas create Occupational Safety Management award

Nominees being sought
January 7, 2014

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and Cintas Corporation are seeking nominations for the inaugural Innovation Award in Occupational Safety Management. The award will recognize individuals who have addressed workplace safety challenges in innovative ways.


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ISHM: Certified safety pros are in high demand. Are you certified?

January 7, 2014

Across the globe, countless safety managers have dedicated their careers to keeping workers and communities safe. For many of these professionals, getting certified in the safety management field can lead to new employment opportunities, career advancement, peer recognition and a long list of other benefits.


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Confined space hazards escalate quickly

January 2, 2014
Confined spaces can quickly become dangerous; unknown concentrations of toxic fumes or an oxygen deficient environment can prove deadly and should be avoided.


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5 gas detection myths you cannot live with

January 2, 2014
It is essential that oil and gas companies educate their fleets on the proper use of increasingly advanced gas detection technologies


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Four million workers go to work each day in damaging noise

January 2, 2014

NIOSH recommends that all worker exposures to noise should be controlled below a level equivalent to 85 dBA for eight hours to minimize occupational noise induced hearing loss.


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