Tuesday, 28 June 2016

XTO Energy agrees to restore areas damaged by fracking

The EPA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that XTO Energy, Inc. (XTO), a subsidiary of ExxonMobil and the nation's largest holder of natural gas reserves, will spend an estimated $3 million to restore eight sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Men get better cardiac care than women

Women who have a cardiac arrest are less likely than men to receive potentially life-saving procedures such as angiography to look for blocked coronary arteries or angioplasty to open them, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

And now, a Safety Stand-Down about heat

In 2014, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness while 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job - all of which was preventable.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Southeastern states resist smoke-free laws

Ten years after the Surgeon General's report on the dangers of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, no states in the Southeast have a statewide comprehensive smoke-free law, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Fatal fall gets NJ contractor a $57K fine

A Union City, New Jersey contractor allowed dangerous hazards that led to worker's fatal fall, according to OSHA investigators, who issued the company multiple citations in the wake of the accident.

Arc flash strikes Georgia lineman

A utilities worker in Bristol, Tennessee was injured by an arc flash Monday morning while working in a lift bucket truck.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Workers scale barbed wire fence to escape fireball

Two contractors who scaled an 8-foot tall fence topped with triple-strand barbed wire were among those injured when an explosion blasted through a Newark, Ohio food additive manufacturer.

Construction industry wants a seat at the (political) table

The Construction Employers of America asked the Chairs of the Democratic National Convention's Platform Committee and Republican National Convention's Platform Committee to include in their parties' official platforms strong policies that acknowledges the vital role that highly skilled union building trade shops play in creating and maintaining the country's infrastructure, supporting small business, and strengthening the middle class.

Hire a Professional with Lead-Safe Construction Experience When Remodeling Your Home to Protect Your Family from the Dangers of Lead Based Paint

construction paint 400 clr 16812Up until 1978, an unfriendly little additive was included in the paint that adorned many American homes. This additive was included in paint for several reasons. Back in the day, paint manufacturers included various compounds of this substance in their paint to help achieve a desired hue or alter the perceived brightness of a particular pigment. They also included this substance because it increased the paints durability, while at the same time, decreased drying time. This additive also caused the paint to be more water-resistant, making it ideal for use on dishes and children's toys. In spite of all these benefits, this little additive posed a big problem. The additive we are referring to is, of course, lead. As long as lead stays in the paint itself, this heavy metal that also occurs naturally on an elemental level in the environment, would pose little risk to homeowners.

The problem with lead-based paint that was used in many homes prior to 1978 is two-fold. First, as lead-based paint deteriorates over time, tiny particles of dust can become airborne. These particles of dust may be either breathed in or ingested through normal daily activities. Second, when a home that was painted with a lead-based paint undergoes remodeling or renovation, construction dust can become more than just a nuisance to homeowners; it can become a danger. Lead is dangerous to all humans and animals, but presents a particular problem to young children whose nervous systems are still developing. Exposure to lead dust can cause a low IQ, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities. In adults, exposure can cause high blood pressure, hypertension, and confusion. Because of the danger that lead-based paint presents to the American people, the Environmental Protection Agency banned its use in residential construction in 1978. If you are planning a renovation, and your home was built prior to that year, it is quite possible that the paint on the walls of your home contains lead, and your family is at risk for lead dust exposure. As a homeowner, you are responsible for the safety of all those who live in your home.

If you are a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your renters. This means that if you are planning a renovation, it is your responsibility to hire a contractor who is well versed in lead-safe construction practices. These practices include, but are not limited to:

• properly preparing the area in which renovation is to occur. Furniture and personal items may need to be removed from the area. Large pieces of furniture that cannot be removed and safely stored elsewhere may need to be covered.

• cordoning off areas in which the work is to be done. This will prevent any lead dust from being released into the residence, and is generally done by hanging plastic sheeting in doorways. If work on a home's exterior is to be performed, plastic sheeting and scaffolding systems can be set up to prevent an abundance of lead dust from being released into the general environment.

• turning off ventilating fans, or forced heating and air conditioning systems to prevent any dust from contaminating the rest of your home through its ventilation system.

This may also mean that you and other occupants of your home will need to stay out of the work area until all renovations are complete, and workers have properly cleaned exposed surfaces. For the duration of your renovation, you may need to make other arrangements for the use of kitchen and bathroom facilities. Of course, there is no way to completely contain all the dust that is stirred up during home remodeling, however, working with an experienced, professional contractor can help protect your loved ones from the ill effects of any lead dust that is stirred up during the remodeling process. To learn more about the EPA recommendations that an experienced contractor should follow when renovating your home, check out this article. Learn how ECOBOND® LBP - Lead Defender® is different than Encapsulants and is a Lead-Based Paint Treatment Download free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com Why Just Cover it When You Can Treat it!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Kroger worker dies because of unsafe equipment

A 27-year-old laborer lost his life ended suddenly because his employer failed to have a competent person inspect the rail supporting a scaffold system nearly 80 feet off the ground for visible defects, an investigation by OSHA has found.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Construction company owner indicted for manslaughter

Salvatore Schirripa, a Bensonhurst, N.Y., construction company owner, has been indicted on manslaughter and other charges following the April 2015 death of Vidal Sanchez-Ramon, his employee at a Coney Island work site. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Friday, 17 June 2016

House takes action on mental health bill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which contains provisions to improve the nation's approach to mental health care treatment. The bill, H.R. 2646, which was introduced by Reps. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., and Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, was reported out of committee on a unanimous vote.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

GMO food labeling effort gains momentum

New York will soon join Vermont, Alaska, Connecticut, and Maine in requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled – if advocacy groups have their way.

OSHA, Ashley Furniture reach OSH settlement

Ashley Furniture, the nation's largest retailer of home furnishings, has entered into a corporate-wide settlement agreement with OSHA designed to protect workers from machine hazards.

Under the settlement, Ashley will implement a number of safety measures to protect its employees and will submit status reports to OSHA annually during the two-year term of the agreement.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Utility district cited in arc flash explosion at hydroelectric dam

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) fined Grant County Public Utility District #2 $35,000 for five serious safety violations after investigating an explosion at its Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River in Beverly, Wash. Six workers were hospitalized with serious electrical burns after the explosion.

Two of Orlando victims were nightclub employees

Although information on the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida is still being developed, two of those killed were working at Pulse nightclub at the time of the incident.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

In California, fracking is being decided at county level

Butte County, California has become the fourth county in that state to ban the controversial method of harvesting natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

First responders to get training in infectious disease safety

A training program will help approximately 35,000 first responders and workers whose jobs may expose them to infectious diseases protect themselves while also minimizing the spread of disease to others. The three-year, $9 million program is being launched by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Turning climate change into opportunity

We've heard plenty about the factories, automobiles and other things that produce greenhouse gas and contribute to climate change, but how about a new kind of plastic that is made from greenhouse gas?

Report: There'll be 20 million cancer survivors in U.S. by 2026

There were more than 15.5 million Americans with a history of cancer as of January 1, 2016, a number that is projected to reach more than 20 million by 2026. That's according to Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Statistics, 2016, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society (ACS), and its companion publication for consumers, Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures, 2016-2017.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Smoking among U.S. high school students at an all-time low

Cigarette smoking among high school students dropped to the lowest levels since the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) began in 1991, but the use of electronic vapor products, including e-cigarettes, among students poses new challenges according to the 2015 survey results released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Friday, 10 June 2016

DOE outpaces OSHA in protecting workers from beryllium

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for issuing a proposed rule (PDF) that would bring its Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program in line with current evidence on the dangers of beryllium. According to advocacy group Public Citizen, the DOE's proposal stands in sharp contrast with the actions of OSHA, which has yet to lower its workplace beryllium limit from an outdated level set in 1971, Public Citizen said.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Another state to let psychologists prescribe medications

The American Psychological Association (APA) hailed the enactment of a law making Iowa the fourth state in the country to authorize licensed clinical psychologists with advanced specialized training to prescribe certain medications for the treatment of mental health disorders.

Law to protect car renters from safety defects goes into effect

As of this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires rental car agencies to fix any and all open safety defects before renting out vehicles to customers. The new legislation requiring it was recently passed by the Congress in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015.

Why Lead Paint Removal Is Vital for Your Family and Children's Well-Being

kids-playing-inside-21769-hd-wallpapersYou work hard to keep your loved ones safe. Unfortunately, not all threats to their well-being are easy to spot. Take lead-based paint for example. This toxic compound can cause all sorts of damage to the human body, especially in children. That's why removing it from your home and workplace is such a vital priority. Here are just some of the ways kids can come into contact with harmful amounts of lead:

  • By touching or playing with flakes of chipped or peeling paint.

  • By breathing air contaminated with lead dust.

  • By playing in lead-contaminated areas, including sandboxes, yards, and even living rooms.

The poisons caused by lead-based paint build up in the body over time, causing a variety of developmental disorders and illnesses. These can include:

  • Headaches, ranging from a dull pain to debilitating migraines.

  • Fatigue, irritability, and impaired intellectual development.

  • Stomach aches and nausea.

  • Seizures, brain damage, and even death.

Sadly, lead coatings were used throughout the construction industry prior to 1978. So, if your home was built in that year or before, then it most likely has dangerous concentrations of lead throughout its interior and exterior surfaces. However, there are a few ways to minimize the hazards posed by these poisons. They include:

  • Wiping down flat surfaces with damp paper towel, then promptly throwing the used towels away.

  • Mopping floors as often as possible.

  • Diligently searching for loose paint chips and disposing of them in sealed containers.

  • Avoiding any activities that may stir up dust.

The best way to protect your family from lead-based paints is to remove these products from your home entirely. That's where we come into the picture. Contact us today to find out how you can help your loved ones to enjoy a healthier, happier, safer future.

Lead Paint Removal: Health Risks Related to Lead Paint Exposure

Lead poisoning is a dangerous issue that faces many homeowners and families around the world. In the past, lead was placed in paints that were used commercially and residentially in homes. Today, it is important to have lead paint removed properly in order to avoid health risks. Here are some of the concerns you may face if you don't properly remove the lead in your home.

Brain Development

One of the main issues related to lead exposure is the risk of brain development problems. This is something that is especially possible in children because their brains are still developing. According to the Mayo Clinic, irreversible damage could occur if a child is exposed to lead.

Instant Symptoms

According to the CDC, if a person is exposed to large amounts of lead in a short amount of time, they could begin to feel some pretty significant symptoms. For example, they may have abdominal pain, feel constipated or tired, have memory loss or even develop pain and tingling in their extremities.

Other Issues

Those who are exposed to lead could experience a number of other issues as well. For example, large levels of lead can damage the kidneys as well as the nervous system, bones and teeth. Men and women can both develop issues with their reproductive system when they are exposed to lead. This could make it harder for them to become pregnant and could increase the chance of a miscarriage, low birth weight or even a premature baby.

These health risks show just how important it is for lead to be removed properly. For homeowners who are in this situation, relying on the aid of a certified and professional lead removal expert is the best option. In the end, choosing a professional to remove this type of paint from your home could help keep you and your family healthier.

ECOBOND® LBP, LLC is the nation's leader in developing and distributing products that improve the protection of human health and safety from the hazards of lead in the home, workplace, and the environment. With over 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND® family of products have been extensively used in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material while serving over 100,000 customers in the United States and Internationally.

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

NTSB: Poor communication led to 2015 Houston Ship Channel accident

The probable cause of the 2015 collision of the Conti Peridot and the Carla Maersk in the Houston Ship Channel was the inability of the pilot on the Conti Peridot to respond appropriately to hydrodynamic forces after meeting another vessel during restricted visibility, and his lack of communication with other vessels about this handling difficulty controlling his vessel, said the National Transportation Safety Board.

Do you know how to keep your children safe with TRRs?

Many parents of young children have not childproofed the electrical outlets in their home. Others have, but they're still using plastic caps, which are no longer considered the go-to method for preventing children from injuries due to their interactions with electrical outlets.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

NTSB: Fatal plane crash caused by ice on wings

Three people in a jet and three on the ground died during a fiery crash in 2014 that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says was caused by the pilot's failure to turn on de-icing equipment.

Help set the research priorities for occupational respiratory diseases

Work-related respiratory diseases include both those that are uniquely caused by work, such as coal workers pneumoconiosis, and those that are caused by both work and non-work factors. Asthma is an example of this second type of condition.

Manufacturers group offers free equipment safety poster

A colorful and informative Equipment Safety Infographic is now available for free download from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

Monday, 6 June 2016

Forklift rollover crushes worker's pelvis

A worker hospitalized after a forklift accident at Evergreen Nursery in Stratham, Georgia was not wearing a seatbelt, according to OSHA.

Lightning strikes an overlooked occupational hazard

Heat gets plenty of attention as a danger for those who have to work outdoors – or indoors in certain types of facilities. However, lightning strikes can also severely injure and kill workers.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

High blood pressure linked to air pollution

Both short- and long-term exposure to some air pollutants commonly associated with coal burning, vehicle exhaust, airborne dust and dirt are associated with the development of high blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association's (AHA) journal Hypertension.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

When thunder roars, go indoors

In May 2015, a crew in Bonita Springs, Florida, was installing roofing on a single-family home. The weather was cloudy with rain off and on, and the crew worked between rain showers. At around 3 in the afternoon, the four employees completed the installation and were leaving the roof when a bolt of lightning struck a 36-year-old roofer in the head.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Center for Safety and Health Sustainability releases metrics to advance standardized reporting

The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability has released a Best Practice Guide for Occupational Health and Safety in Sustainability Reports, which provides occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals with metrics and best practices in OHS sustainability reporting.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Adequate sleep benefits workers and employers

We all need it, even crave it, but many of us find it difficult to get the recommended amount for our health: it is sleep. Healthy People 2020, which outlines the national health goals for the next decade, recommends that adults get 7 or more hours of sleep each day.

Poultry companies now get to do self-inspections

Tyson, Butterball, Perdue and Pilgrim's Pride are among the 41 companies participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s controversial New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) program, which allows companies to inspect their own slaughter lines. The task was formerly performed by trained USDA inspectors.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The Golden Age of OSH

Golden age is a term used to describe periods of time in which great achievements were realized. For example, 500 to 300 B.C. is known as the golden age of ancient Greece because of the many great advances in philosophy, literature, art and government made during that time.