President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act - Jun 22, 2016

This bipartisan effort amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – the first major update to an environmental statute in 20 years. At the bottom of this story is the text from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s blog on the new law. The link to her blog and tweets from the agency are also included below.

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OSHA Releases Silica Rule - Apr 29, 2016

OSHA has said the proposed rule "would bring protections into the 21st century" because it currently enforces 40-year-old permissible exposure limits for crystalline silica in general industry, construction, and shipyards.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Dr. David Michaels, the OSH assistant secretary, are scheduled to brief news media representatives March 24 on OSHA's newly released silica rule. OSHA has been working on the proposed rule for years and published an NPRM on Sept... Read more

Judgment Day for Reckless Executives - Apr 08, 2016

By RENA STEINZOR APRIL 7, 2016

New York Times:

Silver Spring, Md. — ON Wednesday, a Federal District Court judge, Irene C. Berger, sentenced Donald L. Blankenship, a former chief executive of the Massey Energy Company once known in Appalachia as the “King of Coal,” to one year in jail, with imprisonment to begin regardless of a pending appeal, and payment of a $250,000 fine. The judge’s decision sets a remarkable precedent: The first C.E.O. ever to be convicted of conspiring... Read more

OSHA Releases Silica Rule - Apr 01, 2016

OSHA has said the proposed rule "would bring protections into the 21st century" because it currently enforces 40-year-old permissible exposure limits for crystalline silica in general industry, construction, and shipyards.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Dr. David Michaels, the OSH assistant secretary, are scheduled to brief news media representatives March 24 on OSHA's newly released silica rule. OSHA has been working on the proposed rule for years and published an NPRM on... Read more

The Importance of Worker Knowledge in Slips, Trips, and Falls and the Utility of Virtual Reality-based Locomotion Research - Mar 10, 2016

Researchers at the North Carolina State University Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering recently published results from an experiment assessing how internal factors, such as the fidelity of worker training and prior knowledge of a walking environment, affect walkers as they approach slip and trip hazards while multitasking. A virtual environment (VE) of a suburban town was projected on a screen in front of a treadmill while walkers wore light shutter glasses in... Read more

Feds: Botched safety reviews contributed to ExxonMobil refinery explosion - Jan 14, 2016

By Nick Green, Daily Breeze

Management failures to review an outdated procedure and inadequate hazard analyses were among a series of deficiencies that led to the February explosion at ExxonMobil’s Torrance refinery, an independent federal agency has concluded.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board also reported that a piece of machinery that contributed to the blast had operated since 2010 without a maintenance overhaul, forcing some critical pieces of safety and other equipment to... Read more

New OSHA Rescue Requirements for Confined Space Retrieval: What You Should Know - Nov 02, 2015

Confined spaces exist in nearly every industry, and many workers come into contact with at least one during the course of their work. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about 90 deaths involving confined spaces occur every year across a wide range of industries. Unfortunately, two-thirds of those deaths are workers killed while trying to rescue someone else from a confined space. This is often due to the critical nature of these rescues, which sometimes lead to... Read more

DEOHS Team Honored as "Safer Chemistry Champions" for Reducing Toxics - Oct 29, 2015

SEATTLE--Staff in the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences were honored Oct. 27, 2015 with a Safer Chemistry Champion award presented by the Washington Department of Ecology.

The annual awards honor Washington businesses and organizations for their leadership in reducing the use of toxic chemicals and finding safer... Read more

*New* Customizable Safer Chemistry Curriculum for Professionals - Oct 26, 2015

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council Education Group is proud to announce the launch of the... Read more

Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil-train disaster - Sep 21, 2015

The oil-production boom in North Dakota has made oil trains a daily fact of life around the country.

PHILADELPHIA — They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest.

While railroads have long carried hazardous materials through congested urban areas, cities are now scrambling to formulate emergency plans and to train firefighters amid the latest safety threat: a fiftyfold increase... Read more

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