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OSHA publishes new fact sheet on protecting workers who may be exposed to Ebola virus

OSHA has released a new factsheet, based on existing guidance from OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help employers select appropriate personal protective equipment for workers who may be exposed to the Ebola virus.


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On 30th Anniversary of Bhopal, India tragedy: Could it happen again? In U.S.?

CSB warns that improvements needed in process safety regulations

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a short video safety message marking the 30th anniversary of history’s worst industrial accident. The tragedy occurred at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India and killed an estimated 25,000 people.


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Research underway to improve understanding of the arc flash phenomena

Each year, 2,000 workers are admitted to burn centers for extended injury treatment caused by arc flash. Arc flash is an electric current that is passed through the air when insulation or isolation between electrified conductors is not sufficient to withstand the applied voltage. The flash is immediate, but the results can cause severe injury.


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Bill to improve black lung benefits process introduced in Congress

Democrat from Pa. seeks to address “resource disparities” between coal companies, claimants

Congressional Democrats have introduced a measure designed to streamline the process for miners filing benefits claims under the Black Lung Benefits Act – and to help miners overcome the “resource disparities” between themselves and the coal companies who use legal maneuvering to block the miners’ claims.


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Adult U.S. cigarette smoking rate overall hits all-time low

The cigarette smoking rate among adults in the U.S. dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 17.8 percent in 2013, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).


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Texas stone fabricator faulted for crushing hazards

Berry Marble and Granite exposed workers to crushing hazards associated with handling granite, marble and stone at its Tyler, Texas, facility, OSHA found in a follow-up inspection. The company has received 14 citations, including two for willfully violating safety standards and two for repeated violations, with a proposed fine of $156,310.


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Proposed OSHA penalty of $74,250 levied for 6 violations relating to electrical work

A crew was working on upgrading the battery room at a receiving substation. (The room provided emergency power for up to 8 hours.) The electric utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, had purchased replacement batteries from RSC in Wilmington, CA.


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Weekly news round-up

Buffalo residents face new hazards, a combustible dust fire uncovers existing hazards and California enacts stronger protections for healthcare workers caring for Ebola patients. These were among the top EHS- and public health-related stories featured on ISHN this week.


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NSC seeks award nominations to recognize collaboration in occupational injury research

Council to honor research partnerships at the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium in May

Occupational injury researchers that will be presenting at the 2015 National Occupational Injury Research Symposium in May are invited to apply for the Stakeholder Collaboration in Occupational Injury Research Award, sponsored by the National Safety Council.


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OSHA does not consider cotton clothing protective against electrical arcs

Untreated cotton can ignite and continue to burn when subjected to incident heat energy above its ignition threshold (Tr. 467-469, 472). OSHA does not consider cotton clothing, which can ignite and pose a hazard itself, as constituting protective clothing with respect to electric arcs common to work covered by the final rule.


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Why Flame Resistant Workwear? Understanding Workplace Hazards and OSHA Compliance

By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

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