A grab-bag of links from OEHS in the news…
Breast cancer and occupation. New study results published in Environmental Health show that female workers who are exposed to carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting chemicals while on the job have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Sectors with elevated risk include automotive plastics manufacturing, food canning, metalworking, and agriculture. Read more.
Buy quiet. NIOSH launched its Buy-Quiet Web tool. According to NIOSH, “the tool assists in ensuring [that] the best available noise control technologies are considered when purchasing new equipment, and it’s available to the public.” The agency created the tool to help construction and manufacturing organizations implement buy-quiet programs. Learn more.
Oil platform explosion. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) served Black Elk Energy a subpoena following an explosion at the company’s offshore oil platform last week that killed one worker. Another is missing. CSB will determine whether to launch an investigation once Black Elk Energy responds to the subpoena. Read more.
2012 Healthy Workplaces Film Award. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work announced the winner of the 2012 Healthy Workplaces Film Award earlier this month. “Pablo’s Winter” by Chico Pereira of Spain won the award for best work-related documentary film of the year.
ACCSH. The next meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) will be held Nov. 27–30 in Washington, D.C., OSHA said in a press release. Read more. OSHA is also seeking nominations for eight new members to serve on ACCSH. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 7, 2013. Learn more.
Hurricane Sandy. An article in Bloomberg BNA discusses how labor and business representatives’ opinions differ on the role that OSHA should take to enforce regulations and protect workers during Hurricane Sandy cleanup and recovery efforts.
NIOSH eNews. This month’s issue of NIOSH eNews includes a guest column by the director of NIOSH’s Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR) Jeffery L. Kohler. The column focuses on mine safety and health technology innovations and provides an update on OMSHR’s new website.
Lead. A new study found that children living in Karachi, Pakistan, who had severe anemia had higher levels of lead in their blood than children with normal iron levels. The study is one of the first to look at the relationship between iron and lead levels in children.
PBDEs. According to a study by UC Berkeley researchers, prenatal and childhood exposure to the flame retardant compounds polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) may delay the neurodevelopment of children. Read more.
App challenge. The deadline for submissions to the DOL Worker Safety and Health App Challenge is Nov. 30, 2012. View the submission gallery to see what others have submitted.