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What caused errors in those lab tests your doctor ordered for you?

Surprising study finds that most mistakes don’t happen in the laboratory
April 21, 2014

Laboratory testing is indispensable to patient care. Although it accounts for only 2% of U.S. healthcare expenditures, laboratory medicine is critical for accurate diagnosis and treatment planning and is the topic of ECRI Institute’s most recent safety study.


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Report says government ignored health risks to Ground Zero cleanup workers

NYCOSH calls for major changes in disaster response
April 21, 2014

Contending that government inaction contributed to the health problems of those who responded to the collapse of the World Trade Center, an advocacy group is calling for substantial changes in the way the government handles disasters.


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Top products of the week

April 20, 2014

Hand protection, knee protection and a powerful new multi-gas detector were the top EHS-related products this week on ISHN.com.


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Weekly world news

April 19, 2014

EPA, OSHA win big in high-profile legal challenges; lawmakers take heed of EHS credentials when crafting regulations and the CSB issues a report on the causes of a Utah refinery blast. These were among the top EHS-related stories this week on ISHN.com.


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Above-the-neck PPE market recovering from recession

One reason: newer workers expect safer conditions
April 18, 2014

The revenue of the total above-the-neck personal protective equipment (PPE) market has steadily regained lost ground since 2010 due to the slow revitalization of US industrial sectors and greater expectations of safety assurances from their employers from the incoming generation of workers.


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Occupations with high obesity prevalence in Washington State

A NIOSH Science Blog post
April 18, 2014

If work and the workplace contribute to poor health behaviors, should employers attempt to improve those behaviors? It likely is in the employer’s best interest to do so.


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Safety advocates prepare for Workers' Memorial Day, April 28

April 18, 2014

The annual commemoration of those killed on the job is fast approaching, and a variety of organizations are getting ready to hold solemn events on April 28. While Workers’ Memorial Day is observed around the globe, this will be its 25th anniversary in the United States.


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NY manufacturing co. reduces workers’ comp costs by $200,000

OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program used at facilities in five states
April 18, 2014

VonRoll USA, Inc. -- which manufactures insulating materials, resins, varnishes and mica -- has decreased its injury and illnesses rates to “considerably below industry averages,” according to OSHA, which worked with the company under its On-site Consultation Program.


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Health study of Gulf oil spill cleanup workers enters new phase

Research continues four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
April 17, 2014

National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers who are conducting the largest study ever on the potential health effects of an oil spill have a big concern: that participants may not continue participating in the project because it is so long-term.


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Deadlines extended for silica rulemaking comments

April 17, 2014

While public hearings for OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica rule concluded on April 4, the agency is extending submission deadlines in order to give participants additional time to prepare post-hearing submissions.


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