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OSHA Meeting to Discuss Protecting Workers Performing Tree Care Operations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled an informal stakeholder meeting July 13, 2016, in Washington, D.C. to collect information on hazards in the tree care industry. The agency will use the information to determine the need for a proposed rule to protect workers from fatalities, injuries and hazards in tree care operations.

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DOE Proposes new Beryllium Action Level

Proposed amendments to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) chronic beryllium disease (CBD) prevention program regulation would reduce the number of workers who are currently exposed to beryllium, minimize the potential for and levels of worker exposure, and establish medical surveillance to monitor the health of beryllium-exposed workers.

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Compliance Challenges Resulting from OSHA’s New Silica Standard

Are you covered? There could be a good chance. With nearly 700,000 workplaces being affected by OSHA’s final silica ruling made this year; including sites in construction and general industry and maritime. OSHA estimates that more than 100,000 workers in general industry and maritime are exposed to silica levels that exceed the new permissible exposure limit (PEL).

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OSHA and Crane, Hoist, Monorail (CHM) Partners Renew Alliance

There’s not enough content available to help companies train their workers in overhead lifting. The renewal of this alliance between OSHA and the CHM will ensure workers reduce exposures to electrical shock electrocution, falls from elevation, and being struck by moving equipment.

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EPA Proposes Action Against Deadly (but Popular) Pesticide

Seventeen people – three of whom were children – have died since 2000 from accidentally ingesting paraquat, which can cause poisoning when ingested and severe injuries or death when skin/ eye exposure occurs. The herbicide, which can be fatal after even one sip, had been transferred to beverage containers and later mistaken for a drink.

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Open Government Initiative: OSHA Announces Final Rule Increases Data Transparency

Prospective employees have the right to know the full scope of the safety records of an industry before entering the workforce, and all workers have the right to speak up when they believe something is unsafe.

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OSHA Issues Final Rule to Collect Injury and Illness Data for Online Postings

OSHA today issued a final rule requiring employers in high-hazard industries to send the agency injury and illness data for posting on the OSHA website. Currently, little or no information about the three million worker injuries and illnesses a year is made public or available to the agency.

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OSHA Updates Requirements for Eye and Face Protection Standards

After issuing that final rule on silica exposure limits, OSHA continues it’s burst of regulatory activity by publishing another final rule updating the requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in shipyards, longshoring, marine and construction industries.

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NIOSH Revises Heat Alert and Exposure Limits

Working in hot environments increases risk of heat stress. To continue to protect workers from this hazard, NIOSH investigators collaborated with scientific experts and public and peer review, to revise the current criteria document.

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NIOSH Reacts to Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials

Published information on workers’ exposure to silver is limited but indicates that workplace airborne concentrations can exceed recommended limits without good risk management practices, such as using engineering controls.

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New Hazard Alert from OSHA and NIOSH Identifies Risks of Tank Gauging

The new alert provides specific recommendations for employers that will protect workers from hazards associated with opening tank hatches to manually gauge or sample hydrocarbon levels.

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Noise Exposure Limits: Occupational vs. General Environmental

Understanding and minimizing the risks associated with noise exposures are key to helping prevent hearing loss. Although 100% preventable, once acquired, noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is permanent and irreversible.

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CDC Report Highlights Dangers of Hydrocarbon Storage Tanks

Atlanta – Safety and health professionals “need to recognize and act on nonfatal warning signs and symptoms” to protect oil and gas workers in hydrocarbon storage tanks, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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New NIOSH study supports OSHA annual fit testing requirements for filtering facepiece respirators

Results of a recently completed National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study confirm the necessity of the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) respirator fit testing requirement, both annually and when physical changes have occurred.

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Silica Rule on Track in Budget Deal

New proposed federal budget will not interfere with OSHA’s decade long effort to reduce worker exposure to silica dust. Rule is expected to be finalized February of 2016.

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Climate Change Agreement - a Crucial Investment in Global Health

More than 190 world leaders have worked together on the adoption of a Paris Agreement; a long-time framework to address climate change and reduce carbon emissions.

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U.S. DOT Moves Forward on Truck Rule

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a proposed rulemaking focused on upgrading Federal motor vehicle standards for truck and trailer rear impact crash protection.

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Improving Public Alerts in Emergency Situations

ISO 22322:2015, Societal security – Emergency management – Guidelines for public warning, provides guidelines for developing, managing and implementing public warning before, during and after incidents occur.

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Government gives OSHA the OK to Raise Fines by 82%

OSHA fines haven't been adjusted or raised in over fifteen years; remaining one of the federal agencies not to increase with inflation. With a new budgel deal approved by Congress and the President, OSHA would be allowed to raise fines annually in line with Consumer Price Index and would be alotted a one-time "catch up" adjustment of 82% to make up for increases that haven't happened since 1990.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lowers Standard for Ground-level Ozone (Smog)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s proposal to lower the standard for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion will provide significant benefits to public health; including people with asthma, children and the elderly. Although the APHA believes a standard of 60 ppb is the most protective, the decrease we are seeing is a big step in the right direction.

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EPA Finalizes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act

The United States Environmental Protection Agency just finalized a rule that will modernize reporting for municipalities, industries and other facilities relative to the Clean Water Act. The new and final rule will require entities use existing information technology to electronically report data instead of filing written paper reports.

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New Workplace Safety and Health Regulations Expected in 2016

During his final year in office, President Obama is expected to usher in some major new regulations, including rules regarding worker safety, health and the environment.

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OSHA Announces Final Silica Ruling

After a long time waiting, OSHA announced their final rule to improve workers’ protection from the dangers of respirable silica dust. Updated rule amends silica exposure regulations for the first time since 1971.

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