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In wake of deadly W. Va. metal dust explosion, CSB renews call for combustible dust standard

“The time is now for OSHA to take action to prevent these tragic accidents”
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A final report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) about the December 9, 2010 combustible dust explosion at the AL Solutions metal recycling facility in New Cumberland, West Virginia comes with a familiar recommendation: that OSHA promulgate a general industry combustible dust standard.


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What you should know about radon exposures

Frequently asked questions answered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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Are we sure that radon is a health risk? EPA already has a wealth of scientific data on the relationship between radon exposure and the development of lung cancer. The scientific experts agree that the occupational miner data is a very solid base from which to estimate risk of lung cancer deaths annually.


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Senator asks OSHA about temp worker buried alive in sugar

By Michael Grabell
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The head of the U.S. Senate's workplace safety subcommittee has asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to explain its handling of the death a temp worker who suffocated under a pile of sugar at a Pennsylvania plant. The details of OSHA's investigation were reported Sunday by ProPublica and Univision.


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Temp & full-time workers exposed to unguarded machinery, other hazards at Ala. factory

OSHA cites Sterilite Corp., staffing agency unsafe conditions
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OSHA has cited Sterilite Corp., doing business as Sterilite of Alabama LLC, and Marathon Staffing Corp. Inc., for 13 safety and health violations. OSHA initiated the January 2013 inspection at Sterilite's plastics manufacturing facility in Birmingham as part of its National Emphasis Program on Amputations and regional emphasis program to limit worker exposure to high noise levels. Proposed penalties total $49,000.


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The deadliest jobs

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This infographic gives an overview of the most deadliest jobs in the English speaking world.


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Thick dust, harmful gases at West Virginia coal mine

Common-sense ventilation practices “were ignored”
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An impact inspection at the Rhino Eastern LLC's Eagle Mine 3 in Wyoming County, West Virginia, found conditions that put miners at risk of developing black lung disease and that increased the potential for deadly explosions, underscoring the importance of mine safety vigilance and the need for continued improvements in controlling coal dust.


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OSHA recommendations to protect workers from hydrogen sulfide exposures

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Evaluate exposure to know whether H2S gas is present and at what levels. Eliminate the source of hydrogen sulfide whenever possible. If the source cannot be eliminated, control exposures by:


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OSHA’s info bulletin for calibrating and testing direct-reading portable gas monitors

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DRPGMs are designed to alert workers to toxic gases, as well as oxygen-deficient and combustible atmospheres that may exist in their workplace environments, such as permit-required confined spaces, manholes, and other enclosed spaces. Several OSHA standards require the use of gas monitors.


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CDC chief on recent lab incidents: “These events should never have happened”

Press conference addresses concerns about CDC lab quality, safety
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TOM FRIEDEN: First, we had the potential exposure to anthrax at CDC’s laboratory. Second, earlier this week, we learned about an incident in CDC’s influenza laboratory. And third, we had the discovery of vials labeled as smallpox in a storage room on the NIH campus and CDC’s work to secure and to characterize these materials.


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CDC Director releases after-action report on recent anthrax incident

Outlines steps being taken to improve lab safety
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report that reviews the early June incident that involved the unintentional exposure of personnel to potentially viable anthrax at the CDC’s Roybal Campus. The report identifies factors found to have contributed to the incident; and highlights actions taken by the agency to address these factors and prevent future incidents.


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