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April 21, 2010

April News and Notes

No-cost Arc Flash Safety Webinar on May 5. This 1-hour webinar (sponsored by ARAMARK and ISHN) will offer guidance on how OSHA and NFPA 70E can help your employees be safe from injuries caused by electrical incidents. Topics will include NFPA 70E (2009 edition) and the OSHA relationship, arc flash hazard analysis, flame resistant clothing, PPE sourcing methods and your budget. Learn more here.
Study Finds High Fatalities, Injuries, Illnesses in Wholesale and Retail Trades. A new peer-reviewed article by NIOSH scientists finds the wholesale and retail trades sector accounts for a disproportionately high percentage of all work-related injuries and illnesses in private industry. "Occupational Fatalities, Injuries, Illnesses, and Related Economic Loss in the Wholesale and Retail Trade Sector" explores factors that pose work-related risks, estimates the costs and identifies areas for potential safety and health interventions. The article is available here.

EPA Proposes Adding 16 Chemicals to Toxics Release Inventory List. In the first proposed expansion in over a decade, the EPA is proposing to add 16 chemicals to the TRI list of reportable chemicals. The Agency's proposal is part of ongoing efforts to examine the scope of TRI chemical coverage. The 16 chemicals have been classified as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen" by the National Toxicology Program. Learn more here.

OSHA Program Protects Federal Workers. Hazardous federal worksites are the focus of the OSHA Federal Agency Targeting Inspection Program 2010 (FEDTARG10). The nationwide program emphasizes workplace safety and health for federal workers and contractors supervised by federal personnel. It focuses on the most dangerous federal agency workplaces of 2009. Field inspectors conducted 59 inspections of high hazard federal worksites and found 336 violations of OSHA safety and health standards. See more here or read the notice here.

Iowa became the 21st state to ban texting for all drivers. Under the ban, it's a primary offense for teens to talk on a cell phone or text while driving. For non-teen drivers, using a hand-held cell phone or texting is a secondary offense that allows law enforcement officials to ticket drivers if they are pulled over for another offense. The law takes effect in July. Check your state's status here.
Brochures Outline Dangers for Workers Using Rosin-Core Solder. When rosin-core solder wire is heated by a soldering iron, fumes are produced that contain a wide variety of chemicals, including aldehydes, terpenes, and resin acids. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has developed a brochure intended to alert solder users of fume hazards and methods for preventing exposure. Download it here.

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