Category Archives: Health and Safety

EPA Introduces Safer Choice Label

In March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed a new label for household cleaners and other household products. The Safer Choice label aims to make it easier for a consumer to find products that are safer and more environmentally friendly. … Continue reading

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Training Hospital First Responders on Hazardous Substance Exposure

Healthcare workers experience a number of risks in the workplace. One such risk is occupational exposure to chemical, biological, or radiological materials when hospitals receive patients contaminated with these hazardous substances. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), … Continue reading

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OSHA to Address Hazardous Chemical Exposures

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the launch of a national dialogue concerning hazardous substances and exposures to these substances that result in work-related illnesses. OSHA has stated that the first stage consists of gathering information … Continue reading

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EPA Identifies Health Concern with Paint Stripper Chemical

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final risk assessments in late August for three chemicals found in specific household products. The assessments were done for Dichloromethane (DCM), antimony trioxide (ATO), and 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta-[ã]-2-benzopyran (HHCB) and focused on specific uses of the … Continue reading

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Does Your Company Employ Temporary Workers?

If your facility has temporary workers, you should be aware of a new recommended practice, jointly issued by OSHA and NIOSH on August 25, 2014.  This document, titled Recommended Practices:  Protecting Temporary Workers, applies to temporary (or supplied) worker staffing … Continue reading

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Safer Alternative for Toxic Flame Retardants

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced safer alternatives to toxic flame retardants.  The existing flame retardants are used in consumer and commercial products, including building insulation and products that contain flexible polyurethane foam. Existing retardant chemicals include hexabromocyclododecane … Continue reading

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2012 Pollution Data Now Available

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data from 2012 available to the public.  TRI’s are required annually by various facilities in industries such as manufacturing, metal mining, electric utilities, and commercial hazardous waste. The … Continue reading

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OSHA Offers New Resource for Hospital Worker Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new resource to help hospitals ensure the safety of their employees.  The online resource is entitled Worker Safety in Hospitals: Caring for our Caregivers. According to OSHA, the purpose of … Continue reading

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OSHA Releases Resources to Help Protect Workers from Hazardous Chemicals

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) released two new web resources in October to help protect workers from hazardous chemicals in the workplace.  Tens of thousands of workers become sick or die from harmful exposure to these chemicals.  OSHA’s … Continue reading

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Hazard Communication Standard Training Deadline

In March of 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized the revised version of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).  The HCS is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  This will … Continue reading

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