|OSHA Publishes New Technical Manual Chapter on Noise
A recently published chapter on noise in the OSHA Technical Manual provides technical information and guidance to help the agency's compliance safety and health officers evaluate noise hazards in the workplace.
NIOSH Releases Draft of Revised Carcinogen Policy
NIOSH has released a "significant update" to its policy for classifying chemical carcinogens in response to advancements in cancer science and stakeholder concerns about the relevance of the previous policy.
CSB Commends NFPA's New Gas Process Safety Standard
The National Fire Protection Association's new gas process safety standard, NFPA 56, received the U.S. Chemical Safety Board's highest level of approval for exceeding the agency's recommendation to revise the standard.
NTP Requests Comments on Four Draft Technical Reports
Four new draft National Toxicology Program (NTP) technical reports on the following chemicals are available for public comment: vinylidene chloride, cobalt metal dust, tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), and glycidamide.
NIOSH Examines a School District's Flu Vaccine Coverage
Just over half of the employees surveyed in a school district got the flu vaccine during the last flu season, a NIOSH report shows—even though vaccination is the most effective method to prevent influenza, according to NIOSH and CDC.
NIOSH Devotes New Topic Page to Upper-limb MSDs
NIOSH's newest Workplace Health & Safety Topic Web page focuses on upper-limb musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which, according to the agency, include conditions involving the nerves, tendons, muscles, and supporting structures of the upper limb.
IRSST Examines Effects of Chemicals on Hearing
IRSST researchers analyzed scientific literature to characterize the interactions between chemical substances and noise, and then examined the combined effect of noise and chemical exposure on auditory function.
NIOSH: PAPRs' Batteries are "Crucial" to Performance
NIOSH published a fact sheet to help respiratory protection program administrators, managers, and wearers of powered air-purifying respirators understand the importance of PAPRs’ batteries in assuring effective respiratory protection.