A grab-bag of links from OEHS in the news...
Presidential election. Science American and ScienceDebate.org asked Obama and Romney 14 of the “top American Science Questions,” covering climate change, energy, biosecurity and more. Read how the candidates answered.
DEHP. According to research published in Environmental Health Perspectives, exposure to the phthalate DEHP may increase the risk of heart attack and heart failure. The study found that DEHP—a chemical commonly used in household plastics—made rat heart cells use more fatty acids as fuel than usual, contributing to this increased risk.
PFOA. Researchers concluded that exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is associated with cardiovascular disease and peripheral arterial disease, “independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors.” Results showed that those with higher blood levels of PFOA were more likely to have heart disease and are more likely to have had a stroke.
NIOSH eNews. The September 2012 installment of the NIOSH eNews includes an article by NIOSH Director John Howard on one of the agency’s newest guidance documents, “Components for Evaluation of Direct-Reading Monitors for Gases and Vapors.” Read more.
DOL Worker Safety and Health App Challenge. Due to strong interest in the contest, the submission deadline for the DOL Worker Safety and Health App Challenge was extended to Nov. 30, 2012. Learn more about the contest.
Silica dust. The U.K.’s Health and Safety Executive announced new changes to approved methods of roof tile cutting. To reduce silica dust, contactors will no longer have the option of using a cut-off saw to dry cut valley tiles as Oct. 1, 2012. Read more.