CPWR Call for Data – Silica and Noise

Asher TobinEvents, In The News, Press Release

Worker Complying with Silica Table 1

CPWR Call for Data – Silica and Noise CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training has recently developed a new website called the Exposure Control Database. This online tool helps construction health and safety practitioners predict worker exposure to four major hazards including silica, noise, welding fumes, and lead based on a combination of work factors like task,… Continue Reading CPWR Call for Data – Silica and Noise

BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release, Rail

Railroad Equipment

BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY – SUMMARY REPORT TO THE MEMBERSHIP This document is a Summary Report to the BMWED membership outlining the key findings of the Occupational Safety and Health research project. The Summary Report was authored by a team of highly-credentialed medical and academic researchers with extensive experience in workplace safety and health, both nationally and internationally. The… Continue Reading BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY

OSHA Releases Silica Rule FAQs and Training Videos

Asher TobinIn The News

OSHA Releases Silica Rule FAQs and Training Videos Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica 29 C.F.R. § 1926.1153 Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) for the Construction Industry On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule regulating occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica (silica) in the construction industry (the standard). 81 Fed. Reg. 16286. OSHA… Continue Reading OSHA Releases Silica Rule FAQs and Training Videos

3D Printers Emissions Standards Coming

Asher TobinIn The News, Media Workers, Press Release

A LulzBot 3D printer sits at the Aleph Objects Inc. production facility in Loveland, Colo., on March 14, 2018.

Desktop 3D Printers: Sales Soaring, Emissions Standards Coming More desktop 3D printers mean more questions about the chemicals and particulates they release First voluntary emissions standards expected this fall Desktop 3D printers’ popularity and sales have soared in recent years with consumers in homes, schools, and libraries snapping up the new technology. The increasing popularity of the printers are raising… Continue Reading 3D Printers Emissions Standards Coming

Occupational Health Impacts of New Lighting Technologies

Asher TobinPress Release, Warehouse

a woman attaches a label to canned pie filling

ACGIH Presents Occupational Aspects of New Lighting Technologies Webinar American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) In 2018, ACGIH published on the Notice of Intended Changes, a statement on the occupational health aspects of new lighting technologies. It describes the circadian, neuroendocrine and neurobehavioral effects of light. Over the past decade a revolution in indoor lighting has been underway, fueled… Continue Reading Occupational Health Impacts of New Lighting Technologies

Project to Improve Bioterrorism Subway Attacks

Asher TobinIn The News, Port, Press Release, Rail

Project to Improve Bioterrorism Subway Attacks Originally posted on Homeland Preparedness News (HPN) Thursday, March 29, 2018 by Aaron Martin  (HPN) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently highlighted a four-year Underground Transport Restoration project conducted with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prepare for and respond to bioterrorism attacks on subway systems. Conducted by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate… Continue Reading Project to Improve Bioterrorism Subway Attacks

Montana Court Approves Key Asbestos Deal – Vermiculite Exposures

Asher TobinMining, Press Release

Small pieces of the mineral vermiculite in a pile

(MarketWatch) Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s National Indemnity Co. has to pay more than $43 million of Montana’s asbestos-related settlement costs, a state judge has ruled. Montana had reached a $43 million settlement in 2009 with people injured by asbestos at a vermiculite mining operation in Libby, Mont. The victims claimed the state had knowledge of unsafe conditions at the mine for… Continue Reading Montana Court Approves Key Asbestos Deal – Vermiculite Exposures

Spirit AeroSystems’ Proposed Fine

Asher TobinIn The News

Chemistry equipment and periodic table

(OSHA Today) Federal OSHA is proposing a $194,000 fine against Spirit AeroSystems, a Boeing and Airbus supplier, for allegedly exposing employees to to hexavalent chromium. Employees were exposed to airborne concentrations of the cancer-causing agent at nearly two times the permissible exposure limit (PEL) at a Wichita, Kansas plant, according to the agency. Read More at OSHA Today  View Citations… Continue Reading Spirit AeroSystems’ Proposed Fine

Wildfires

Asher TobinFreight, Press Release, Public Services, Safety Fact Sheets, Solid Waste Recycling

A massive plume of smoke over mountains in California

Response/Recovery In the aftermath of a wildfire, workers may be involved in a variety of response and recovery operations. Some operations, such as utility restoration, cleaning up spills of hazardous materials, and search and rescue, should only be conducted by workers who have the proper training, equipment and experience. What to do during a Wildfire In the event that there… Continue Reading Wildfires

CSB Releases Final Report into Chemical Release at MGPI Industries

Asher TobinIndustrial Trades, Press Release

Chemistry equipment and periodic table

Washington D.C. (CSB) – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board released its case study titled “Key Lessons for Preventing Inadvertent Mixing During Chemical Unloading Operations,” which examines a mixture of incompatible materials at the MGPI Processing Plant in Atchison, Kansas on October 21, 2016. The mixture resulted in a chemical release containing chlorine and other compounds that traveled into the community.… Continue Reading CSB Releases Final Report into Chemical Release at MGPI Industries