Drowsy driving, restaurant safety and a construction foreman’s conviction in his employee’s death were among the top stories posted this week on ISHN.com.
NIOSH IDs 34 drugs that endanger healthcare workers
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released its 2016 list of hazardous drugs in healthcare settings, updating the list to include 34 added drugs. Healthcare 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.
ISHN 50th anniversary: 50 leaders for today and tomorrow
Take a look at ISHN's pick for the top leaders in the safety industry
EPA changes hazmat import export regs
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a rule to improve the nation’s hazardous waste regulations to protect public health and the environment. The updated Hazardous Waste Import and Export Regulations streamline the hazardous waste export and import process, implement mandatory electronic reporting for international shipments and electronically linking export information.
NYC foreman convicted in worker’s death
A New York City construction foreman has been found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment in the death of a worker last year.
EU on course to reach 2020 greenhouse gas emissions target
Greenhouse gas emissions across the European Union (EU) last year were 22 percent lower than 1990 levels, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
OSHA targets four states for amputation prevention
In an effort to reduce the more than 2,600 workplace amputations that take place in the U.S. each year, OSHA is directing its attention toward manufacturing operations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas workplaces.
“We’re not the healthiest nation”
Public health experts outline steps to better health for Americans
Nearly 12,000 public health experts who gathered in Denver recently for the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual meeting faced – and explored – a daunting task: improving the health of Americans.
It’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Motor Vehicle Safety is observing Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, hosted by the National Sleep Foundation. The campaign is designed to reduce the number of fatigue-related crashes and to save lives.
Refinery expansion project claims a life
A South Dakota pipefitter suffered fatal burns at an ethanol refinery when ethanol spilled from a process pipe he was working on and was ignited by flames from nearby welding operations.
Is your restaurant/bar establishment in need of a safety rescue?
Just imagine. Ten seconds of an unsanitary condition in the food industry could create a food-borne illness which could be devastating to a bar or restaurant business. In most restaurants, employee safety is rarely addressed although the cost of injuries continue to rise and worker's compensation costs are astronomical.
NTSB releases school bus safety video
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday released a video highlighting school buses as the safest form of transportation for children traveling to and from school – even safer than riding in a caryesterday with their parents.
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Johnson & Johnson hammered again in talc-ovarian cancer verdict of $70 million
Health care products giant Johnson & Johnson suffered another big legal defeat late Thursday, when a St. Louis jury ordered the company and its talc supplier to pay about $70 million in damages to a woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the use of talc powders for feminine hygiene.
TSCA reform: A milestone to protect our health from dangerous chemicals
President Obama signed a bipartisan bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the first major update to an environmental statute in 20 years. That’s great news for the environment and for the health of all Americans.
Farmworker advocates demand highly toxic pesticide be suspended
The United Farm Workers, labor and community health groups from Florida to California are urging the EPA to immediately suspend hundreds of uses of chlorpyrifos, an acutely toxic pesticide that harms workers and their family members.
Toxic chemicals threaten beauty care workforce with adverse health effects
A new study from Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE) on the health impacts of exposure to salon chemicals on the (mostly) women who work in personal care salons is the first of its kind. The study, Beauty and Its Beast: Unlocking the Impact of Toxic Chemicals on Salon Workers, indicates long-term exposure to products routinely used in salons leads to an array of negative health conditions frequently suffered by beauticians and other salon workers.
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