Asbestos: EPA issues final rule on ‘discontinued uses’ as agency critics push for total ban

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The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule on asbestos intended to keep manufacturers from reintroducing “discontinued uses” of the known human carcinogen into the market without EPA approval.

The significant new use rule, published in the April 25 Federal Register and set to go into effect June 24, would initiate a review process requiring EPA approval for entities seeking to start or resume uses that include – but are not limited to – adhesives, sealants, and roof and non-roof coatings; arc chutes; millboard; reinforced plastics; roofing felt; and vinyl-asbestos floor tile.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer links asbestos exposure to lung cancer and mesothelioma – a rare cancer that affects the body’s tissue, usually in the linings of the chest, lungs or abdomen – among other health problems. Read more»

‘Reattaching’ to work before clocking in may improve engagement, health: study

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Visualizing and planning for your workday may lead to better engagement and well-being, results of a recent study indicate.

Researchers from the United States and Germany surveyed 151 workers from a wide range of industries at the beginning and end of each shift over a five-day workweek. In the morning, participants were asked about experiences that helped them reconnect to work before starting the workday. In the afternoon, they answered questions about engagement and job control. Continue reading»

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Issues Rule to Revise Requirements in Safety and Health Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that revises 14 provisions in the recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards that may be confusing, outdated, or unnecessary. The revisions are expected to increase understanding and compliance with the provisions, improve employee safety and health, and save employers an estimated $6.1 million per year.

OSHA proposed the changes in October 2016. This is the fourth final rule under OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project, which began in 1995 in response to a Presidential memorandum to improve government regulations. Other revisions were issued in 1998, 2005, and 2011.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

IBOEHS – Quarterly Newsletter

For   Their   Safety

Apr – May – Jun  2019    Volume 17, Issue 2

International Board of Environmental Health & Safety “Instilling Professionalism

  • Carelessness
  • Protecting Your Sight
  • Using Portable Generators Safely
  • Disease Dangers of Flood Waters
  • Afterthoughts and Regrets

Carelessness

 PATHS (PA Training for Health & Safety)

Have you ever done anything that wasn’t really smart? Something that you know put you at increased risk of injury? When you realized what you did, whether you were hurt or not, did you ask yourself, “Why did I ever do that?” For your own self-preservation, this should be a very important question for you to answer yourself.

Consider the fact that approximately 20 percent of injuries are due to unsafe conditions and 80 percent are caused by unsafe acts. If you realize that most unsafe conditions are brought about by human failure, then virtually all accidents/mishaps are brought about by unsafe acts. Why did you do something in an unsafe manner? To answer this question, you will need to put personal defenses aside and know that blame may lie within yourself. Also realize that there may be more than one reason for your actions and others may be involved. Continue reading»

 

Southwest Safety Congress is BACK and Registration is OPEN!

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Location: Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix

Breakfast, lunch, and WiFi are included for all attendees and exhibitors!

Space is limited so hurry to register/vendor/sponsor!
Who should attend?                           
  • Business Owners                         
  • Management                                  
  • Safety Personnel
  • HR Managers
  • First Line Supervisors
  • Employees
   This Year’s Session Topics Include:
  • Opioid Crisis
  • CPR/AED (4 Hour)
  • Fall Protection
  • Fall Protection – Rescue
  • OSHA Silica Update
  • Workplace Violence
  • And More!