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November 25, 2013

November Workplace Safety News and Notes

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.

NIOSH 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.

California 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.

New 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.

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