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Myth: Watching TV for too long or sitting too close can damage your eyes
March 27, 2014

Fact: There is no evidence to suggest that watching television for too long or sitting too close can damage your eyes. Young children often sit close to the television screen because they have a greater ability to focus on objects closer to their eyes than adults do. Due to this, children hold their reading material close as well.


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EPA chief testifies about 2015 budget request

March 26, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today at a hearing to discuss EPA’s proposed FY 2015 budget.
 


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AIHA recognizes 43 new OEHS professionals as Distinguished Fellows

Honorees will be recognized at the 2014 AIHce in San Antonio
March 26, 2014

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has added 43 new distinguished Fellows, recognized for their significant contributions to the field of industrial hygiene, to its list.  The Fellow classification is limited to no more than five percent of the AIHA membership.


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Despite OSHA citations and a formal agreement, La. co. continues to jeopardize workers

U.S. Minerals cited for confined space, LOTO hazards
March 26, 2014

OSHA has cited U.S. Minerals LLC with 11 safety and health violations following a September 2013 inspection at the company’s Harvey, La. facility – but that wasn’t the agency’s first visit to one of the company’s facilities.


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MIG welding safety tips

March 26, 2014

This is not a comprehensive guide. There are many ways in which welding can damage your health. The main points are:


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Health experts to study effect of marijuana on workplace health and safety

Goal: to help workplaces get ready for impact of increasing use
March 25, 2014

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) have announced plans to collaborate in a study of workplace health and safety issues associated with worker impairment from the use of marijuana and other drugs.


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Innovative concrete drill jig reduces silica exposures

Lessens risk of MSD injuries as well
March 25, 2014

A University of California ergonomics team has designed an innovative concrete drill jig that is proving to be highly effective in limiting worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica, as well reducing fatigue and risk of musculoskeletal injuries.


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AIHA comments on OSHA's PSM standard

March 25, 2014

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) this week sent its official comments to OSHA on the agency's Request for Information (RFI) to the Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard, which was published in the Federal Register on December 9, 2013, Volume 78, No. 236, beginning on Page 73756. OSHA said RFI was in response to an Obama Administration request that the agency identify issues related to modernization of its PSM standard and related standards necessary to meet the goals of preventing major chemical accidents.


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Operator of Chicago train that crashed may have been asleep

March 25, 2014

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators said the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line station at O'Hare International Airport will not be up and running until this afternoon at the earliest, after a train jumped the tracks early Monday, injuring 32 people.


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Welding health hazards – according to OSHA

March 25, 2014

Chemical Agents. Zinc is used in large quantities in the manufacture of brass, galvanized metals, and various other alloys. Inhalation of zinc oxide fumes can occur when welding or cutting on zinc-coated metals. Exposure to these fumes is known to cause metal fume fever.


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