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ASSE announces revised workplace fall protection standard (11/5)

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In an effort to provide the most current information on slip, trip and fall prevention, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announced in a recent press statement the approval of a newly revised American National Standards Institute (ANSI) /ASSE Z359.0-2009 “Definitions and Nomenclature Used for Fall Protection and Fall Arrest” voluntary consensus standard.
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Proposed pesticide labeling aims to control spray drift and protect human health (11/5)

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rolled out proposed guidance for new pesticide labeling to reduce off-target spray and dust drift, according to a recent press release. The new instructions, when implemented, will improve the clarity and consistency of pesticide labels and help prevent harm from spray drift. The agency is also requesting comment on a petition to evaluate children’s exposure to pesticide drift.
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EPA soliciting applications for Environmental Justice Grant Funding (11/5)

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting grant applications for a total of $1 million in funding for projects aimed at addressing environmental and public health issues in communities, the agency announced in a recent press release. EPA expects to award approximately 40 grants of up to $25,000 each and will accept applications until January 8, 2010. Local governments and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
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OSHA addresses workplace violence and fatigue at upcoming international conference on work stress and health (11/5)

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The dangers to workers of violence and fatigue are among topics OSHA presenters will address at the 8th international conference on occupational stress and health, "Work, Stress and Health: Global Concerns and Approaches," Nov. 5-8, 2009, in San Juan, PR.
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Georgia construction sites hold "safety stand down" to help prevent struck-by accidents (11/4)

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According to an OSHA press release, the agency partnered with several construction organizations to support a struck-by accident "safety stand down" on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 7 to 8 a.m. EST at construction sites throughout Georgia.
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Four Miami companies cited in connection with fatality at Bernuth Marine Terminal (11/4)

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OSHA is proposing penalties against four Miami, Fla., companies for safety violations following a fatality at the Bernuth Marine Terminal, according to an agency press release.
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EPA adds three sites to Superfund's National Priorities List (11/4)

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is adding three new hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the environment to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites, according to an EPA press release. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.
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New bill to support forest protection (11/4)

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Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is expected to introduce legislation today that will provide economic opportunities for voluntary greenhouse gas reductions especially in the agriculture, forestry and manufacturing sectors, according to a press release from the conservation organization, The Nature Conservancy.
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New study could help shiftworkers get more sleep (11/3)

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Chronobiology International — Informa Healthcare’s journal on how biological rhythms affect the systems of living things — has published a new study which shows that the use of blue light blocking eyeglasses can help facilitate daytime sleep for shiftworkers.
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Ohio company fined more than $100K for 19 safety and health violations (11/3)

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OSHA has cited Columbus Steel Castings Co. in Columbus with proposed penalties totaling $102,000 for alleged serious and repeat violations of federal workplace safety and health standards, according to an agency press release.
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