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Making a Splash: Three fishermen saved by personal flotation devices!

A NIOSH Science Blog post
April 3, 2014

On the night of June 26, 2010 the fishing vessel Paul Revere, a salmon setnet skiff, capsized while setting their gear in preparation for the start of fishing season. The skipper and her two crew members were thrown in the waters of Bristol Bay near South Naknek, AK.


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Safety tips & different welding techniques

April 3, 2014

Welding is the result of a combination of heat and pressure to melt materials joining them with a filler material. It can be performed in many ways using different energy sources gas flame, electric arc, laser, friction, ultrasound & electric beam. Arc welding is a basic welding process which requires a power supply, electrodes, welding rods, shielding gas, and proper safety equipment.


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NRCA testifies on OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica rule

April 2, 2014

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) provided testimony today on OSHA’s proposed rule to amend its existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The testimony was part of a three-week public hearing process being held by OSHA.


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Where you live doesn’t affect whether or not you get allergies – just which ones

Study counters notion of allergy-free zones in U.S.
April 2, 2014

In the largest, most comprehensive, nationwide study to examine the prevalence of allergies from early childhood to old age, scientists from the National Institutes of Health report that allergy prevalence is the same across different regions of the United States, except in children 5 years and younger.


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Whistleblower claims California is misusing Cal/OSHA funds

April 2, 2014

A 20-year-veteran of California’s workplace health and safety agency has filed a whistleblower complaint charging that the state’s Department of Industrial Relations is misusing state and federal funds designated for Cal/OSHA.


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OSHA announces final rule for power generation, transmission and distribution standard

40-year-old standard revised
April 2, 2014

OSHA’s final rule revising the standards for power generation, transmission and distribution will be published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2014.  It will be effective 90 days following publication, although OSHA has adopted delayed compliance deadlines for certain requirements.


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Toolbox Talk: Eye Safety

April 2, 2014

EYE INJURIES: some facts . . .About 1 ,000 work-related eye injuries occur each day. CONSTRUCTION HAS THE HIGHEST RATE! Every day, more than 120 construction workers are disabled and forced to miss work because of an eye injury. The alternative . . .


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Newest way to study environmental health: wristbands

Silicone accessories go beyond trendy causes
April 1, 2014

For some time now, wristbands in various colors have been worn to show the wearer’s embrace of certain causes, like the fight against cancer or the need to end cruelty to animals. A new wristband could help scientists determine the potential disease risks of exposure to substances like pesticides. The project was reported recently in the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) journal Environmental Science & Technology.


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Fla. worker trapped in hot liquid asphalt

Rescue took eight hours
April 1, 2014

A Florida construction company employee suffered severe burns to his legs and feet after becoming tripped in hot liquid asphalt – an incident which earned his company OSHA citations for ten serious safety and health violations. Proposed penalties are $63,360.


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CDC wants more state Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation programs

Few states provide comprehensive coverage
March 31, 2014

More smokers would quit if state Medicaid programs covered more cessation treatments and removed barriers to coverage, according to a CDC study published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. All 50 states and the District of Columbia cover cessation treatments for at least some Medicaid enrollees.


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