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July 20, 2012

July Workplace Safety News and Notes from

New OSHA / NIOSH Info on Protecting Workers Who Use Cleaning ChemicalsADA Braille Housekeeping sign

Some cleaning chemicals can be hazardous, causing problems ranging from skin rashes and burns to coughing and asthma. This INFOSHEET provides information to employers on practices to help keep workers safe when working with cleaning chemicals, including new "green" cleaning products. Download the sheet from NIOSH here.

ANSI Approves AIHA Revised Z10 Standard
The American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) recently approved the revised ANSI/AIHA Z10-2012 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard. The standard will enable organizations to integrate OHS management into their overall business management systems. It focuses on broad principles, not on detailed specifications. Learn more here.

CSB Releases New Safety Video: Inherently Safer: The Future of Risk Reduction
The US Chemical Safety Board has released a new safety video that examines the concept of inherent safety and its application. The goal of inherently safer design is not only to prevent an accident, but to reduce the consequences of an accident should one occur. The video discusses the four main components of inherently safer design: substitute, minimize, moderate and simplify. Learn more here.

EMS LabelNew Emergency Medical Services Resources from NIOSH
NIOSH has posted a Web page highlighting emergency medical service (EMS) worker safety and health. In addition to providing EMS safety and health resources and references, the page offers a data summary describing nonfatal injuries to EMS workers treated in emergency departments. Visit the EMS workplace safety page.

NIOSH Issues Nanotechnology Safe Practices Guide
Nanotechnology allows for the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new structures, materials and devices. As with any new technology, the earliest and most extensive exposure is most likely to occur in the workplace, where new materials and tools are first developed and used. To help protect these pioneering workers, NIOSH has developed recommendations on engineering controls and safe practices for handling engineered nanomaterials in laboratories and some pilot scale operations. This guidance is designed to be used in tandem with established practices and the laboratory's chemical hygiene plan. Download the guide here.

ICC eBooks Now Available in iTunes store
Many International Code Council codes, commentaries, standards and handbooks are now available in Apple's iTunes Store. Titles available include the International Codes, among them the 2012 International Green Construction Code, the 2012 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, various state codes and more. See them here.

Webinar: The 4-foot Rule: What you need to know about Fall ArrestOSHA Fall Protection sign
Fall protection continues to be one of the most important safety issues in general industry today. A July 25 webinar presented by OHS online will identify potential fall hazards and describe the best solutions for various environments. The session will focus on fall arrest solutions, discuss relevant OSHA regulations and give examples of rigid rail fall arrest systems available for different applications. Learn more and register here.

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