Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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NIOSH lodges concern on reproductive health toxicity of chemicals

NIOSH offered input on reducing exposures to occupational agents that can harm reproductive health and fertility, as the agency contributed research to the National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of . . .

Senate panel to examine black lung concerns

The Senate workplace safety subcommittee says it will hold a hearing July 22 "to explore the legal and medical challenges faced by coal miners suffering from black lung disease when they file claims for benefits . . .

NIOSH researchers emphasize heat acclimatization

NIOSH scientists are emphasizing to employers a need to acclimatize workers to potentially stressful heat conditions, a push that comes as OSHA orchestrates an enforcement and informational initiative to prevent heat illness incidents (see related . . .

NIOSH Total Worker Health program launches affiliate

The NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health (TWH) recently launched an Affiliate Program to increase the number of work environments that support the overall safety, health and well-being of workers, the agency says, with inaugural . . .

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OSHA Enters Feed Provider Into 'Severe' Enforcement Program, Publicizes Action

OSHA has entered into its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) an agriculture feed supplement employer whose storage bins collapsed in January, killing two people and devastating the facility -- and OSHA also called out the employer in a highly publicized statement, as industry while lamenting the tragedy questions the agency's approach to putting employers in such programs prior to completion of legal contest.

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House Democrats Cite Ergo Concerns, Step Up Call For USDA To Revise Poultry Line Rule

House Democrats are citing worker ergonomic concerns in urging the White House to direct the Agriculture Department to revisit a new rule aimed at "modernizing" poultry slaughter line speeds.

Industry Challenges Short-Term Limits For TCE As Regional EPA Branch Refines Plan

Several companies are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency Region IX's strict action levels and strengthened sampling strategies that California regulators have implemented at some waste cleanup sites to address vapor intrusion from trichloroethylene (TCE), arguing that the agency has formally adopted the novel approach – a policy that grows out of longtime EPA efforts to protect workers from exposures at cleanup sites.

Democrats' Product Liability Bill Touches On Worker Safety, Health Concerns

A bill filed by Senate Democrats addressing corporate officer accountability for making users aware of defective products could, if someday enacted, address worker safety and health concerns by providing the government a new weapon to wield in ensuring that upstream manufacturers of plant equipment and other products warn of risks to employees in downstream work environments that use those goods in production, sources tell Inside OSHA Online.

SVEP Inspection Leads To Large Fine For Alleged 'False Abatement Documentation'

OSHA has issued more than $816,000 in proposed fines against a manufacturing company that it has wrapped into its controversial Severe Violators Enforcement Program (SVEP) and issued a press release accusing the employer of "providing false documentation and making false representations claiming that previously cited hazards" related to hydraulic presses had been corrected.

Lawmakers File Bill To Ban BPA In Food, Drink Containers, Partly To Protect Workers

A group of Democratic House and Senate lawmakers has filed legislation to ban the substance bisphenol A (BPA) from food and drink containers -- a major shift in container manufacturing that they argue would reduce exposure to chemicals for food processing workers along with the public.

CSB Explores Combustible Dust Hazards In Staff Report On WV Plant Explosion

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) plans to come out Wednesday with findings and initial staff recommendations from its probe of the root causes of a 2010 fatal accident in New Cumberland, WV, blamed on combustible dust, potentially setting up yet another round of formal requests for OSHA to proceed on a rulemaking to tackle the complex issue of explosive dust.

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OSHA Plans Maritime Safety Meeting

OSHA plans a meeting of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health Aug. 19-20, 2014, in Washington, to include discussions on surface preparation and preservation in shipyards, shipboard refrigeration systems, pedestal crane safety . . .

EPA Issuing SNURs For 13 Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency is promulgating significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act for 13 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices. Industrial hygienists monitor SNURs for potential worker . . .

NIOSH Pushes 'Prevention Through Design'

NIOSH is emphasizing the concept of "Prevention through Design" in a new publication that explains how building designers can potentially help prevent falls, which it notes are a frequent cause of fatal injuries in the construction . . .

OSHA Launches New Demolition Safety Web Resources

OSHA recently launched an updated demolition web page to address hazards common in demolition operations and safety measures that can be taken to prevent them.

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