Less than three weeks after being cited for exposing workers to unsafe trenches, federal investigators saw a Chicago plumbing contractor exposing the same four-man crew to trenching hazards as they worked on sewer and water utilities at two locations in Oak Park on consecutive days in March 2016.
Nail salons throughout New York state must supply enough fresh outdoor air for its patrons and workers to remove air contaminants – and send the chemicals, vapors and fumes outdoors, under new ventilation regulations now in effect in the state. Salon owners must ensure that the dangerous air is not recirculated back into the building.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released its 2016 list of hazardous drugs in healthcare settings, updating the list to include 34 added drugsHealthcare workers who prepare or give hazardous drugs to patients, such as those used for cancer therapy, as well as support staff may face individual health risks when exposed to these drugs.
"By all indications, Wayne Lumber and Mulch failed to take the violations we found in 2014 seriously,” said Prentice Cline, director of OSHA's Charleston Area Office, after a recent inspection at the company’s Wayne, W. Virginia facility that resulted in three willful, nine repeat, 12 serious and three other-than-serious violations.
Sore throats, headaches and difficulty breathing drove employees of Quest Diagnostic Corp.'s Ameripath diagnostic laboratory in Shelton, Conn. to file a complaint with OSHA – an action that led to an inspection of the facility on March 6, 2016.
More than 200 former Samsung factory workers contracted a wide variety of illnesses allegedly from chemicals they were exposed to, according to the Associated Press. Samsung reportedly withheld specific information about the exposures.
The Environmental Protection Agency should use new authorities under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act to protect workers and other at-risk groups, advocates say.
Environmental health and union representatives urged the EPA to protect many potentially exposed and susceptible populations during meetings the EPA held in August to discuss rules it must develop under the amended chemicals law.
Surface wipe sampling is an important component of a comprehensive drug-safety program to identify where skin exposure to hazardous drugs could occur in healthcare settings.
All drugs carry risks, as well as benefits, as the patient warnings listed on the accompanying inserts indicate. One class of drugs with especially serious risks are anticancer drugs, which can be associated with organ damage, reproductive harm, hearing impairment, and cancer.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) investigators have found that that the highest rates of airway obstruction were in jobs related to installation, maintenance, and repair; construction; and oil and gas extraction.