In late October this year, OSHA released its new web resources to help employers better protect their workers from hazardous chemicals. Tens of thousands of workers are made sick or die from occupational exposures to thousands of hazardous chemicals that are used in workplaces. While many chemicals are suspected of being harmful, OSHA only regulates a small number and unfortunately, the agencies exposure standards for these hazards are out-of-date and inadequately protective.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), issued an Ammonium Nitrate Hazard Advisory on August 30, 2013.
A recent OSHA Fact Sheet - Formaldehyde in hair care products found that stylists in three different salons were using Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution or Cadiveu Brasil Cacau were being exposed to dangerous levels of formaldehyde. In one salon, tests showed that in the blow drying process, levels were five times the limit set by OSHA. The salons were given citations and two received fines for failure to protect workers from the health hazards of formaldehyde exposure. OSHA gave out other fines and citations for salons that failed to test the air and determine the level of formaldehyde exposure and protect workers properly with training and information on the health hazards and symptoms of exposure.
by Dian Cucchisi, PHD, CHMM
On August 1st, 2013 President Obama signed an Executive Order -- Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. A statement published by the McClatchy Washington Bureau, reported that
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The World Health Organization (WHO) gathered recently in an emergency committee meeting to discuss MERS coronavirus. International experts worked to come up with some advice for the WHO director general concerning this public health issue of international concern. The committee should have a working plan in place soon.
In an effort to educate young workers, the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently held a contest to build a mobile app. Four winners were awarded prizes between $3,000 and $15,000.
by Danaila Paspalanova
Record heat is in the news again which may spur a new round of petitions for OSHA to execute an emergency temporary standard (EST) for a heat stress threshold, followed by a permanent Heat Stress Standard. Petitions for both were denied last summer. Many citizens and watch-dog groups felt that OSHA was simply opting for continued employer self-policing. However, even though there is an absence of a Heat Stress Standard, OSHA can hold employers accountable through enforcement outlined in the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1).