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Health study of Gulf oil spill cleanup workers enters new phase

Research continues four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
April 17, 2014

National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers who are conducting the largest study ever on the potential health effects of an oil spill have a big concern: that participants may not continue participating in the project because it is so long-term.


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Court upholds EPA’s limits on pollution limits for power plants

April 17, 2014

A legal challenge to the EPA’s rule limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants was shot down yesterday by the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


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ACGIH® releases the 2014 supplement to the documentation of the threshold limit values and biological exposure indices, 7th edition

April 17, 2014

The 2014 Supplement to the Documentation of the Threshold Limit Values and Biological Exposure Indices, 7th Edition is now available. The Supplement contains Documentation for the substances that were on the Notice of Intended Changes for 2013, with their corresponding values and notations, that have been approved and adopted as Threshold Limit Values (TLVs®) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs®).


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So How Accurate Are These Smartphone Sound Measurement Apps?

A NIOSH Science Blog post
April 11, 2014

The purpose of this NIOSH Science Blog is to explain what is currently known about an important aspect of respirator filtration.  For decades, respirator researchers have been asked whether filters need to be tested with aerosols similar to those encountered in the environment


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National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) announces 2014 Executive Council

April 8, 2014

The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has announced the members of its 2014 Executive Council. “The new NHCA Executive Council represents the diversity of our membership and reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the practice of hearing loss prevention,” said NHCA incoming President Beth Cooper.


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Back pain a problem around the world

Study finds men most affected
April 8, 2014

A study from the University of Sydney finds that lower back pain (LBP) is a significant cause of work-related disability. It affected 26 percent of the global population in 2010, and varied considerably with age, gender and region.


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Want to know how much your fellow safety pros earn?

New database search tool makes it possible
April 8, 2014

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has launched Safety Salary Source, a new reporting tool that allows users to view survey data on safety, health and environmental (SH&E) practitioners' salaries in new detail.


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$2 million+ fine for management co. that exposed workers to asbestos and lead

Exposure occurred during renovation of former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center
April 7, 2014

Cleaning up a site in preparation for a tour by potential investors has resulted in a $2,359,000 for Olivet Management LLC, a real estate development and management company that owns the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Dover Plains, N.Y.


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New OSHA brochure helps protect nursing home workers from MSD injuries

AIHA offers companion Quick Tips sheet
April 7, 2014

OSHA has developed Safe Patient Handling: Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Nursing Homes, a new brochure that addresses the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders among nursing home and residential care workers.


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AIHA QuickTips sheet helps caregivers avoid MSDs

April 7, 2014

In support of its alliance with OSHA, AIHA has developed a new “QuickTips” sheet to provide OHS professionals with information on safe patient handling and mobility.


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EVENTS

Gas Detectors: The most common mistakes people make when using atmospheric monitors

Contact: Adam Thomas
Learn the most common mistakes people make when using atmospheric monitors. Join Bob Henderson from GFG Instrumentation for this educational webinar. Read More

Sounding the Alarm on Toxic Gas Measurement: Capabilities, Limitations and Strategies for Using Portable Toxic Gas Instruments

5/15/13
Contact: Adam Thomas

On demand Recently lowered exposure limits for a number of important toxic gases, including H2S, SO2 and NO2, have forced many instrument users to revisit where to set the alarms in their atmospheric monitors. Find out how to ensure worker safety and conform with regulatory requirements.

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Eeny, meeny, miny, moe: Picking the Proper Respirator

10/8/13
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

Available On Demand Picking the proper respirator for the right situation can be tricky. Attend this webinar to gain knowledge of OSHA regulations to avoid fines, resources to reference when selecting a respirator, key considerations for specific applications, and key differences between repirator types.

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American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo

5/31/14
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center,
San Antonio, TX
United States
AIHce is the premier event for industrial hygienists and occupational and environmental health and safety professionals.

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Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene: The Application of Basic Principles

6/23/14
Harvard School of Public Health
655 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States
You will benefit from a comprehensive introduction to industrial hygiene and gain skills to protect employees from workplace environmental hazards.

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30th Annual National VPPPA Conference

8/25/14
National Harbor, MD
United States
The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association, Inc. (VPPPA)- The Premier Global Safety and Health OrganizationTM, is the leading organization dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health and environmental management systems.

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