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March 30, 2013

Finally- there’s some movement on OSHA’s silica rule; Canada prepares for a Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured in the workplace; companies plan to change healthcare benefits and school safety recommendations are issued – all in the week’s top OEHS-related stories as featured on ISHN.com:


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EPA to assess FR chemicals

Focus on chemicals that persist in the environment
March 29, 2013

The EPA says it will begin assessing 23 chemicals – 20 of which are commonly used as flame retardants (FR) -- for potential risks to human health and the environment. This effort is part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan which identifies commonly used chemicals for risk assessment.


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“Burdensome regulations” being hotly debated – in Europe

REACH chemical safety law is targeted
March 27, 2013

In a move that echoes one made on this side of the Atlantic, the European Commission plans to review – and possibly eliminate -- regulations that it says are hindering business growth and job creation. In a reaction that echoes some heard on this side of the Atlantic, labor and workers’ rights advocates are not happy about the plan.


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Fracking “peace treaty” appears shaky

Not everyone happy about tougher standards program
March 22, 2013

Mere days after an agreement that seemed to bring fracking forces and fracking foes together, some environmental groups are crying foul.


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Emergency shower booths for decontamination

March 20, 2013

HEMCO Emergency Showers are fully assembled and ready for installation to water supply and waste systems. This unit is equipped with a pull rod activated shower and push handle eye/face wash for quick rinsing of eyes, face and body. 


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Europe amends five key worker health, safety directives

Review is “painfully slow going”
March 14, 2013

The European Commission has announced plans to amend five health and safety at work Directives, in order to align them with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), but critics charge that the changes won’t make workers any safer.


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Worker dies after 15 foot fall

M.R. Asphalt, Inc. cited for failure to provide fall protection
March 14, 2013

An employee checking asphalt levels from the top of a tank died after falling 15 feet and hitting his head on a concrete structure supporting the tank. The September 2012 accident at Corvallis, Mont.-based M.R. Asphalt Inc. resulted in 16 safety and health violations, including one willful for failing to provide a guardrail or fall protection on the working surface.


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OSHA offers help with HazCom training, labeling requirements

March 5, 2013

Two new compliance assistance resources are available for employers to assist them in meeting the requirements of OSHA's revised Hazard Communication Standard. A new fact sheet discusses the training topics that employers must cover for the initial Dec. 1, 2013 deadline.


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Report points to cancer risk from chemicals used to treat drinking water

February 28, 2013

Chemicals used to treat drinking water for millions of Americans may raise the risk of cancer and lead to other unintended health hazards, according to a report released today by the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization.


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What price beauty?

Cosmetics manufacturer faces $53K in OSHA fines
February 21, 2013

A company that manufactures products for the cosmetics industry has been cited for 20 serious violations for conditions at its manufacturing plant in Dayville, CT.


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