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Top products of the week

July 6, 2014

Fall, hand and eye protection and products to handle hazmat spills quickly and efficiently were among this week’s top EHS-related products as featured on ISHN.com.


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July 5, 2014

Heat-related illness, climate change, an increase in construction fatalities and a delay in enforcing an OSHA standard were among the top EHS-related stories featured on ISHN.com this week.


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Report on chemical facility safety finds room for improvement

July 4, 2014

A report from a group charged with identifying ways to improve chemical safety and security in the U.S. says that communities with chemical facilities must be much better prepared for incidents than they are at present.


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Tackling health inequities for low-income workers

July 4, 2014

From the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR): When we think about low-income workers, we usually think about fast-food cashiers or migrant farmworkers, not construction workers. And it's true that skilled trades employees steadily employed in commercial construction work can command respectable, middle-class wages.


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Caustic chemical exposure but no eyewash station for Alabama mfg. workers

Industrial Insulation Group facing $41,000+ in penalties
July 4, 2014

A Phenix City, Alabama insulation manufacturer initially corrected hazards that included failing to protect its workers from caustic chemicals, but did not maintain those corrections, according to OSHA inspectors, who visited the workplace after receiving a complaint about hazardous conditions.


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NIOSH withdraws support for ‘safety case’ approach to chemical facility safety

July 3, 2014

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has changed its position on including “safety case” principles in OSHA’s process safety management (PSM) standard.


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Critics say leadership failures at CSB jeopardize agency’s mission

July 3, 2014

Testimony before a congressional hearing earlier this month blamed investigative delays at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) – and the exodus of CSB personnel that’s contributing to the backlog – on poor leadership by Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso.


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New educational resources available: Agriculture and Spanish language

July 3, 2014

OSHA has developed a new agricultural fact sheet and QuickCardTM on the safe use of tripod orchard ladders, which are used by workers such as fruit pickers and landscapers. Many workers have been hurt from slips on rungs, falls, collapsing ladders and being struck by tree branches.


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EPA releases final risk assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE)

Agency begins process to address potential human health risks
July 3, 2014

The EPA has released a final risk assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE) that identifies health risks to workers in shops and dry cleaners that use the chemical as a degreaser or a stain removing agent. Consumers may also be exposed to TCE when using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives.


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Lead in kids’ blood linked with behavioral and emotional problems

July 2, 2014

Emotional and behavioral problems show up even with low exposure to lead, and as blood lead levels increase in children, so do the problems, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The results were published online June 30 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.


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