OSHA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Silica Rule
OSHA has extended the public comment period for an additional 47 days on the
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline
Silica.The new deadline to submit written comments and testimony is Jan. 27,
2014. Public hearings are scheduled to begin March 18, 2014. Read more here.
Posts New Cleaning and Custodial Services Resources
NIOSH has posted a new topic page on cleaning and custodial services. The page
describes hazards associated with cleaning tasks and lists links to NIOSH
blogs, publications and topics with recommendations for reducing exposure to
those hazards. The topic page also lists additional resources. Visit the new page.
Adopts NIOSH Recommendations on Hazardous Drug Exposures
On October 9, California's governor signed a bill (AB 1202) requiring the
California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to adopt NIOSH
recommendations for reducing exposures of healthcare workers to hazardous
drugs. California is the second state to adopt NIOSH recommendations as state
requirements, following Washington in 2012. Get info on the California law here,
or Review the NIOSH recommendations here.
Lead Poisoning Prevention Brochures
The Nebraska Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance Program recently
developed and published two new brochures on lead poisoning prevention. The
worker-focused brochures, Preventing Lead Poisoning in Adults and Lead Dust
Clean-Up and Control, describe risk factors and health information and provide
recommendations for reducing lead exposures. They are available for download here.