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July 20, 2011

July News and Notes

EPA Sets E15 Ethanol Rules, Requires Pump Labels
On June 23, the EPA finalized regulations to prohibit use of gasoline containing greater than 10% ethanol in vehicles, engines and equipment that cannot use E15.The regulations require all E15 fuel pumps  to have a label that informs consumers about what vehicles and equipment can, and cannot, use E15. These requirements will help ensure that E15 is properly labeled and used once it enters the market. Learn more about the new rules here, or order labels that meet the new requirement here, or browse fuel signs and labels here.
STOP STICKS Campaign Targets Sharps-Related Workplace Injuries
NIOSH has developed the STOP STICKS campaign of community-based information and education to raise awareness about the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C from needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries in the workplace.  A  campaign user's guide and resources are available at the CDC website.

Campaign materials were developed mainly with operating room and emergency department audiences, but target audiences include clinical and nonclinical health care workers and health care administrators in hospitals, doctor's offices, nursing homes, and home health care agencies. Learn more here.

California OSHA Steps Up Heat Illness Enforcement;  OSHA Offers Heat Resources
California Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) has increased enforcement of heat illness prevention requirements at outdoor worksites across the state. After an initial push in mid-June, Cal-OSHA officials continued efforts as temperatures climbed to triple digits, finding violations of the heat standard across the state and shutting down one farming operation.

Cal-OSHA vows continued enforcement efforts, and OSHA has developed a nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather. A new section of the OSHA website gives information about heat illnesses and how to prevent them. There are also training tools for employers to use and posters to display at worksites. Many of the new resources target workers with limited reading skills or those who do not speak English as a first language. OSHA will continue to add information and tools to this page throughout the summer.

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