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World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Report calls for measures to protect workers from toxic exposures

Negative effects on human health and the environment need to be reduced
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With the safe use of chemicals at work designated as the theme for this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work (Workers’ Memorial Day in the U.S. and Canada), the International Labour Organization (ILO) has issued a report on steps that can be taken to safeguard workers from toxic hazards.


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Across the U.S., Workers’ Memorial Day events honor the fallen

Theme this year: toxic chemical exposure in the workplace
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Today is Workers’ Memorial Day, on which individuals who have died on the job are honored in ceremonies all over the country. At the U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C., Secretary Perez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main will deliver remarks focusing on the hazards of toxic chemical exposure in the workplace – this year’s theme.


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Which big U.S. companies are using renewable energy?

Some familiar names make the EPA’s list
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The EPA’s Green Power Partnership latest list of the Top 100 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources -- like wind and solar power – shows that tech companies are leading the way, although more traditional industries are on it as well.


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From Dubai (or anywhere in the world) – one vision, one standard

By David Sarkus MS, CSP

I am very fortunate to be able to travel the world through my work. I just got back from Dubai and had a great trip!  It is so interesting to see other parts of the world and experience different cultures. In fact, I spoke to a group with participants from every corner of the world, and I do mean every corner.


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EPA: Individuals can do something about climate change

Earth Day activities highlight simple measures to take
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Individual action can make a difference in protecting the climate, according to the EPA, which is using Earth Day – coming up on April 22nd – to educate the public about ways to combat climate change.


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UN floats idea of “vacuuming” CO2 from sky to combat global warming

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In a report released this week, a UN panel of climate change scientists advanced a geoengineering approach to the problem of climate change and said the world must act swiftly in order to avoid a catastrophic temperature rise.


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Steel association calls for global safety audit

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In an effort that could involve up to four million people across the globe, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) is asking the steel industry to conduct a comprehensive safety audit that would conclude on Steel Safety Day and World Safety Day, April 28.


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Back pain a problem around the world

Study finds men most affected
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A study from the University of Sydney finds that lower back pain (LBP) is a significant cause of work-related disability. It affected 26 percent of the global population in 2010, and varied considerably with age, gender and region.


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Commitment to go beyond – the 20th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

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I've spent several days in Dresden, Germany assisting DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance) organize the Symposium on Education and Learning for the XXth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work (to be held August 24-27, Frankfurt, Germany.)


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Screening would-be immigrants for TB saves U.S. millions

CDC recommendations mean detection, treatment prior to arrival
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U.S. health departments are saving an estimated $15 million in treating TB among immigrants to the U.S., thanks to CDC recommendations that people be screened for the disease prior to their arrival in the country.


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