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October 11
Links of Interest: MSHA Releases New Machine Guarding Compliance Assistance Resource
A grab-bag of links from OEHS in the news…

Machine guarding. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released a new machine guarding compliance assistance resource. According to MSHA, the resource addresses a commonly cited violation in the metal and nonmetal mining industry: improperly guarded machinery. The document is available to download as a PowerPoint presentation.
 
MSHA investigators. Eighteen MSHA accident and special investigators participated in a two-week course facilitated by the FBI Laboratory's Evidence Response Team Unit. According to MSHA’s press release, the training covered securing an accident scene, photographing and sketching, collecting and packaging evidence, conducting interviews, dealing with false or altered records, and releasing the scene.
 
Healthy Workplaces Film Award. EU-OSHA announced in a news release that 10 films have been nominated for the fourth edition of the Healthy Workplaces Film Award from over 2,850 documentaries. EU-OSHA will present its prize for the best work-related documentary at the 55th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film next month.
 
Decision 2012. Chemical & Engineering News asked Obama and Romney eight questions related to science on research support, national security, open access, scientific integrity, energy, climate change, innovation and education. Read about the candidates’ responses.
 
Bhopal site. The site of the 1984 disaster in Bhopal, India, where toxic gases that were released killed between 15,000 and 30,000 people, remains a “toxic killer” today because toxic chemicals abandoned on the site continue to contaminate the groundwater. Read more.
 
REACH webinar. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published the webinar material, including audio recordings, from ECHA’s Oct. 5 webinar, “What should every registrant know about Substance Evaluation?”
 
Herbicide exposure. Researchers from the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that exposure to the widespread herbicide 1,1′-dimethyl-4,4′-bipyridinium dichloride (marketed under the name “Paraquat”) may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Learn more.

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