|Report: Action Needed to Protect Recycling Workers
A new report on the health and safety of workers who process recyclables calls for cities and local governments to educate the public on proper recycling practices and pressure private recycling companies to improve working conditions.
Virginia Becomes First State to Enact VPP Bill
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently signed a bill for the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Act, making Virginia the first state in which the program will be permanent within its OSHA state plan.
NIOSH Proposes Additions to Hazardous Drug List
NIOSH has proposed that 33 new drugs, along with three others that already have safe-handling recommendations from the manufacturer, be added to the agency's hazardous drug list for healthcare settings in 2016.
NIOSH Evaluates Exposures to Aerogel Insulation Particulate
During a recent health hazard evaluation of aerogel insulation particulate at a union training facility, NIOSH staff found that airborne exposures for amorphous silica, a component of aerogel insulation, approached calculated occupational exposure limits.
AEGLs for Six More Chemicals Are Now Available
The 19th volume of Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals covers the acute exposure guideline levels (AEGLs) for six of the approximately 400 extremely hazardous substances that have been identified by EPA.
NPPTL Provides Update on Respirator Certification Standards
The National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory has provided an update regarding an interim final rule that extends the transition period for a 2012 final rule establishing new standards for the certification of close-circuit escape respirators.
OSHA to Gather Information to Help Protect Tower Workers
In response to a significant increase in worker deaths in the communication tower industry, OSHA has issued a new request for information to collect public input to be used in determining necessary measures to prevent worker injuries and fatalities.
OSHA to Lead Second Safety Stand-Down in May
OSHA's second annual national safety stand-down will take place May 4–15. The safety stand-down is a voluntary event intended to raise awareness about fall hazards in the construction industry.