Regularly using bleach linked to higher risk of fatal lung disease - Sep 18, 2017

Use of disinfectants once a week could increase risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by as much as 32%, study finds.

The Guardian | Nicola Swanson | September 10, 2017

Regular use of bleach and other common disinfectants has been linked to a higher risk of developing fatal lung disease, researchers have found.

The use of disinfectants is linked to a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to research looking... Read more

OSHA Reduces Reports of Workplace Fatalities: Move comes as agency cuts back on the amount of information on accidents made available to the public - Aug 28, 2017

By Alexandra Berzon Aug. 27, 2017 12:41 p.m. ET

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reducing its reporting of fatalities in the U.S., part of a series of moves by the agency that are cutting back the amount of information about workplace accidents made available to the public.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which had long complained about the practice, asked OSHA to roll back some of the information in the fatality reporting and other initiatives when the Trump... Read more

Workplace accident death rate higher for older workers - Aug 3, 2017

In 2015, about 35 percent of the fatal workplace accidents involved a worker 55 and older — or 1,681 of the 4,836 fatalities reported nationally.

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics.

It’s a trend that’s particularly alarming as baby boomers reject the traditional retirement age of 65 and keep working. The U.S. government... Read more

Pediatrician who exposed dangers of lead poisoning, dies at 89 - Jul 24, 2017

Herbert L. Needleman, a pediatrician and psychiatrist who demonstrated in the late 1970s that children exposed to even small amounts of lead could suffer intellectual and behavioral deficits, a finding that spurred and emboldened wide-ranging safety regulations, died July 18 at an assisted living center in Pittsburgh. He was 89.

Social and Environmental Justice in the Chemistry Classroom - Jul 20, 2017

A new paper has been published by Dr. Grace Lasker, and fellow MoDRN researchers. MoDRN (Molecular Design Research Network) is a Green Chemistry and Green Engineering initiative, which focuses on the rational design of chemicals and materials to reduce toxicity. This multidisciplinary effort is led by four universities who are addressing one of the key questions in environmental science: How can we reduce the toxicity of new chemical substances? This new paper, published in the Journal of... Read more

Washington State Receives an "A" in Workplace Safety! - Jul 7, 2017

A new report from the National Safety Council gave "A"s in workplace safety to only two states, Washington and Illinois. States were graded on three categories for workplace safety: Prevention, Preparedness and Enforcement (50%), Workers Compensation (25%), and Worker Health and Wellbeing (25%). The DEOHS Continuing Education Programs are honored to be part of the outstanding community working to continuously improve health and safety for workers accross the Pacific Northwest.... Read more

NIEHS Worker Training Program Making an Impact in Alaska - Jun 22, 2017

The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) is a significant and integral national training element of the NIEHS “Hazardous Substance Basic Research and Training Program” authorized by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (42 USC 9660).

These Hazardous Waste program awardees provide health and safety training for workers who are, or can be, exposed to hazardous materials and waste as part of their jobs or during emergency response.

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May 17, 2017 | Jeffrey Dalto |

Fall Prevention and Protection has been in news a lot lately. The safety news, at least.

Fall prevention always generates a lot of discussions because falls are the leading cause of deaths in construction. In 2015, for example, there were 350 fatal falls to a lower level out of 937 construction fatalities. And fatalities are actually increasing in the last few years, not decreasing.

In addition, OSHA just held (May 8... Read more

Report: 27 Workers a Day Suffer Amputation or Hospitalization, According to OSHA Severe Injury Data from 29 States - Apr 27, 2017

Washington, D.C.—A new report issued today by the National Employment Law Project, analyzing severe injury data compiled by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from employers in a little over half the states, finds an average of 27 workers a day suffer work-related amputations or hospitalizations.

Two poultry and meat processing companies, despite their relatively small size, reported among the largest numbers of severe injuries, according to the report,... Read more

Washington State Work-Related Fatalities Report 2016 - Apr 19, 2017

66 workers died in Washington State of work-related injuries, an increase of 3 fatalities from 2015. Falls and workplace violence remain the leading causes of fatalities. Falls in all industries (not just construction) are rising, as well as homicide in the workplace. The Work-Related Fatalities Report is put together by the FACE Program at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.