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December 17, 2010

December News and Notes:

New Technology for Reducing Ladder Slips. Ladder slips account for more than one third of all ladder-related fall incidents. NIOSH is collaborating with a research institute to develop an extension ladder stabilization device that will electrically attach a ladder to a variety of building surfaces and improve stability. Learn more here (pdf), or browse Ladder / Scaffold signs here

Video Highlights Hispanic Worker Risks. In a new Spanish-language video presentation on the Dialogo de Costa a Costa news service, NIOSH's Maria Lioce highlights occupational cancer issues. View the video here. 

CDC Unveils Learning Connection Website. CDC Learning Connection offers more than 150 online courses, webcasts, and electronic publications for public health-related education, produced by the CDC and partners. Offerings include podcasts, e-learning, electronic publications and live events. Check it out here.

ANSI-HSSP Releases Final Report on Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs. Emergencies and natural disasters present a unique challenge for people with special needs. In an effort to advance standardization efforts in this area, the American National Standards Institute Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) has released a final workshop report outlining recommendations for development of standards to support more effective emergency preparedness for all. The report consolidates the panel's findings from a series of 2010 workshops. Download the report here (pdf) or check OSHA's evacuation plans and procedures e-tool for more info. Browse Emergency Exit signsSevere Weather / Area of Rescue signs at

EPA Adds 16 Chemicals to EPCRA Reporting List. Effective November 30, EPA has added 16 chemicals to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). These 16 chemicals have been classified by the National Toxicology Program as ''reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.'' Visit the EPA EPCRA page here, read the final rule (pdf) here or browse Chemical & Pesticide safety signs at

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