A grab-bag of links from OEHS in the news...
Reporting on worker safety. In honor of Labor Day, ProPublica put together a list of 12 of the best news pieces on worker health and safety. See which stories made their list.
Food trucks. According to an article in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the food truck trend may be endangering their employees’ health and creating air pollution. The generators used in the food trucks don’t fall under the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s regulatory reach. Read more.
Nanotechnology lab bombings. Nature reports on a series of nanotechnology lab bombings in Mexico. An eco-anarchist group claimed responsibility for the attack—the same group that claimed responsibility for two similar attacks in 2011.
Hurricane Isaac. OSHA is urging recovery workers and the public to be aware of hazards they could encounter during cleanup after Hurricane Isaac. The agency’s press release includes resources to help keep people safe, including its hurricane preparedness and response Web page.
U.S. CSB. “Can the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) make refineries safer?” asks the Contra Costa Times in a recent article. CSB has called the Aug. 6 fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif., a “near disaster,” but the agency has no regulatory power. Read more.
MRI scanners. According to a new study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, frequent exposure to the magnetic fields generated by MRI scanners may affect memory or lower a person’s mental skills. Learn more.