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Hazardous chemicals: Why you need to worry about oxidizers
April 2014
Three things are necessary to maintain a fire--a fuel source (flammable materials, including flammable or combustible chemicals), an ignition source (open flames, sparks, and sources of heat), and oxygen. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Until the dust clears, teach workers to protect themselves against silica
March 2014
Each year, more than 300 American workers die from silicosis, and thousands of new cases are diagnosed. Silicosis is the name given to incurable lung damage that occurs when workers inhale dusts that contain crystalline silica. . . . more »
Hazardous chemicals: Employers face high liability and tighter regulations for lead exposure
February 2014
The dangers of lead have been back in the headlines lately. The gist for employers that use lead? Substantial potential liability and more restrictive regulations appear to be the order of the day. . . . more »
Nanomaterials: New guidance from NIOSH details engineering controls for nano-scale hazards
February 2014
We know that things that are too small to see can be extremely dangerous--bacteria and viruses, vapors and gases, and radioactive particles are all tiny, invisible hazards. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Bring home the bacon--but leave the hazards at work
February 2014
Do you bring your work home with you? Check work e-mail on your smartphone, finish projects after your kids are in bed, maybe even recruit your family to collate documents and perform other small tasks related to your job? . . . more »
Hazardous chemicals: Federal OSHA creates new chemical safety resources for employers
January 2014
Federal OSHA estimates that American workers suffer more than 190,000 illnesses and 50,000 deaths annually related to chemical exposures. . . . more »
Hazard identification: NTP study links common fire retardant to aggressive cancer; Computer workers are at highest risk
December 2013
In November 2011, two iPhone users on opposite sides of the world were surprised when their phones caught fire. One iPhone was on an airplane in Australia; the other was on a bedside table in Brazil. . . . more »
Hazardous chemicals: Federal OSHA issues hazard alert on 1-bromopropane; Cal/OSHA reduces PEL for ethylbenzene
October 2013
When bloodborne pathogens first became a concern for healthcare workers, the use of latex gloves skyrocketed overnight. Together with the increased exposure to bloodborne pathogens, hospitals and nursing care facilities noticed a steep increase in skin and respiratory allergies to latex. When latex exposures were less frequent, the allergy had gone largely unnoticed and unaddressed as a workplace hazard. . . . more »
Hazard identification: Sen. Boxer spotlights ammonium nitrate safety; Controlling this common chemical's hazards
October 2013
The ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas, on April 17, 2013, killed 15 people, injured 200 more, and blew out windows 7 miles away--but its shockwave traveled much further than that. . . . more »
Featured resource: Ammonium nitrate storage checklist
October 2013
In the wake of the fatal ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas, this past spring, California Senator Barbara Boxer is urging states to increase their enforcement of safety regulations that apply to this chemical. . . . more »
Hazardous chemicals: Federal OSHA's new National Emphasis Program focuses on isocyanate exposure prevention
September 2013
Without isocyanates, we'd be pretty uncomfortable. Isocyanates are used to make the polyurethane foam padding in our sofas and in our kids' car seats and the spandex in our workout clothes. They make the world prettier, too--not to mention easier to clean up--as a key ingredient in polyurethane paints. . . . more »
Standards update: Crane, pull saw, and head protection rules have changed
May 2013
The state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) updated three workplace safety regulations in the first quarter of 2013. . . . more »
Laboratories: Fed/OSHA revises guidance; 6 general principles of laboratory safety
May 2013
Laboratories present unique chemical safety concerns. As a result, lab workers may be at higher risk for chemical illnesses and injuries than workers in other professions. This is why chemical use in laboratories is subject to its own set of chemical safety regulations. . . . more »
Hazardous chemicals: Study links lead and cadmium to hearing loss; Identify and control exposures
May 2013
You know, of course, that heavy metal can damage your hearing. Too much Black Sabbath and AC/DC at a high volume will cause hearing loss sooner rather than later. . . . more »
Hazardous chemicals: Tiny objects, big hazards; Highlights from OSHA's new fact sheet on nanomaterials
April 2013
There's a lot of excitement in the world of nanotechnology right now. For example, a study published on February 5, 2013, in the journal Clinical Cancer Research demonstrated that silicon nanoparticles used as a drug delivery system dramatically reduced the size of ovarian tumors in animals and stopped tumor growth in chemotherapy-resistant ovarian cancer tissue. . . . more »
Hazard identification: Will that be red or white with your safety program? Washington publishes resource for wineries
April 2013
California is a great place to grow grapes. And the local economy shows it--according to California's Wine Institute, the state's wine industry contributes $61 billion to California's economy, and its 3,500 wineries make the state the world's fourth leading wine producer, after France, Italy, and Spain. . . . more »
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