Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Food industry trying harder to reduce sodium in its offerings

A new study finds that sodium levels decreased in a sample of top selling packaged foods by about 7% from 2009 to the beginning of 2015.

Here's what OSHA's advisors will be talking about on Sept. 8

The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) – the group that advises the Secretary of Labor on all matters relating to the occupational safety and health of federal employees – will meet on Sept. 8, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Balance and flexibility can lead to a more productive workforce

Two high-profile leaders have recently garnered media attention for their drastically different attitudes toward work-life balance.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer became the topic of conversation this month regarding her remarks in a Bloomberg interview in which she discussed working 130-hour weeks during Google's early days and stated that she can “tell you which startups will succeed, without even knowing what they do” based on whether or not employees were working on the weekend.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Fall hazards in construction on display at Florida worksite

OSHA inspectors in Ocala, Florida looked up, and saw employees of D.R. Horton Inc. – one of the nation's largest homebuilders , installing roofing sheathing without benefit of fall protection.

1 in 5 Americans disregard safety when choosing OTC painkillers

A national survey conducted by the U.S. Pain Foundation, with support from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, has found that while nearly all consumers (97%) say they feel confident when choosing which over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever to take, many disregard important safety factors that medical professionals say are critical to selecting which OTC pain reliever is most appropriate for their health profile.

Eric Fritzke Trinity Team | Mayors Preschool Matters On November Ballot For Denver Schools

City Council President Michael Hancock believes the measure to be extremely important to the city and the Denver schools. Denver schools Superintendent Michael Bennett agrees, stating that Denver schools e...



Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has introduced the Preschool Matters program that will greatly impact future Denver schools students, if passed by voters in the November election. The early childhood education program is endorsed by the mayor and other Denver officials.



City Council President Michael Hancock believes the measure to be extremely important to the city and the Denver schools. Denver schools Superintendent Michael Bennett agrees, stating that Denver schools educators will do everything they can to pass the measure in November.





The program was developed from recommendations submitted to the mayor by his task force, which was charged with increasing preschool access for Denvers children. Hickenlooper believes that access to quality and affordable preschools is crucial to the citys future, as well as an essential part of improving the Denver schools.



Documented studies show that preschool is one of the best investments for any city and its youth. A recent study in California by the Rand Corporation found that a return on investment of $2.62 in savings could be garnered for every dollar spent on preschool. The savings is realized through lower juvenile crime and high school dropout costs  saving dollars for both Denver and the Denver schools, as well as graduating better educated Denver schools students.



Other studies have shown that the Denver schools children will be more likely to read by the third grade, less likely to require remedial education, and more likely to graduate high school and enter college.



Preschool Matters, which will greatly benefit the Denver schools and their students, will cost $12 million annually. The mayor is asking for an increase in sales tax that will equal 12 cents on every $100 of purchases within the city. If passed, the Denver sales tax will still be highly competitive with other Front Range communities.



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Tuition Credits  Open to children only for the year before entering kindergarten. Children are generally four-year-olds, and the program may be used only for one year. Credits are distributed based on need and the quality of the preschool program selected.



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A Quality Improvement System for preschool providers and programs.



Administration of the program by a nonprofit organization that still must be created.



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Internal and External Accountability, Measurement and Reporting  Covers the number of children enrolled in preschool, the number of quality rated providers, the program finances, and the academic success of the children who attend preschool.



Preschool Matters is similar to a defeated California measure, called Proposition 82. Though both programs expand preschool for four-year-olds, the California measure was much broader in application and based on an income tax increase only for incomes of $400,000 or more annually  as compared to Denvers sales tax increase for everyone, making individual contributions minimal. The California measure also was in competition with an alternative offering by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.



Opponents to Preschool Matters believe there already are opportunities in place through the Denver schools that may be used to expand early childhood education. They believe the mayor is only creating a bureaucracy with administrative overhead. Opponents, as well as all Denver voters, will have their say in November.

Simple Microwave Meals In 10 Minutes Or Less |Registered Dietitian Jobs

The fact is that cooking is an absolutely essential life skill. If you can cook for yourself, you can make your food tastier and healthier, not to mention more economical.



When cooking any recipe, use the best ingredients that you can afford. Splurge a little on imported cheeses or better quality meats when you can, so that you can experience a restaurant, quality-tasting meal at home. To enhance the experience even further, try to creatively plate up the meal with a little thought, for something different every now and then.



When you shelve an herb or a spice, make sure it's dark and cool. If they get exposed to any light, humidity or heat, their flavor will begin to weaken. As a general rule, keep your ground spices no more than one year. Whole spices are hardier, and will retain their robust flavoring for several years. Store your herbs and spices correctly, so that they will stay fresh and keep their full flavor!



To prevent the crust of your filled pies from getting soggy, coat the dough with egg white first and then bake it for about five minutes to allow it to set. You should then fill and bake as you normally would. This will stop your crust from absorbing too much of the filling during baking and becoming soft and wet.



If you feel that a piece of food you are about to cook does not look right or may be rotten, always error on the side of caution and throw it away. It is better to lose a few dollars than to cost yourself the next couple of weeks from food poisoning.



An electric mixer is a blessing when you have to make your dough, but even this relatively easy task can turn into a nightmare when the dough sticks to the dough hook. To avoid the sticky mess, spray the hook with vegetable cooking spray and your dough will never stick to your mixer again.



Layered bar cookies, fudge and chewy brownies often fall apart or get torn up from trying to evenly cut them into squares. A good rotary pizza cutter can be used to accomplish this task without worrying about a sharp knife slipping and causing an injury. Make some light guidelines in your food with the tip of a knife first and follow up with the pizza cutter for perfectly cut bars, brownies and fudge every time.



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Cooked turkey freezes beautifully, as does stuffing. When making a big holiday meal, be sure and make plenty so you not only have enough for turkey sandwiches, but to enjoy another turkey dinner in a month or two, without all of the work. Use a spare 9" X 13" pan that you line and divide with aluminum foil into two or three compartments. Cut some turkey for one compartment, add some stuffing in another and if you would like, leftover mashed potatoes can be put in the third compartment. Drizzle some gravy over everything you desire, cover with aluminum foil and freeze. When ready to enjoy turkey again, or perhaps when pressed for time and out of ideas for dinner, grab the pan from the freezer and place in the oven at 350 degrees. Remove the foil from the top of the pan after 45 minutes, bake uncovered for another 15 to 20 minutes and enjoy!





If you follow these tips, learning how to cook homemade foods is simple and easy. As your cooking improves, you will discover how beneficial cooking can be, for your waistline and your wallet. Eating good home cooking will create a healthy and happy style of living for yourself and those around you. Use these great tips to make delicious, healthy and affordable meals that the whole family will love!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Wind energy company sues to keep bird kill data out of public's hands

An Ohio wind-energy facility doesn't want to reveal how many birds it kills, and has gone to court to keep that information secret. Blue Creek Wind Farm, owned by the Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables, has filed a lawsuit in Ohio to prevent two state agencies from making public what it calls “trade secrets.”

Thursday, 25 August 2016

ACGIH® announces 501(c)(3) nonprofit status

ACGIH® is proud to announce its new status as a 501(c)(3) charitable scientific organization. ACGIH® was formerly a 501(c)(6) organization. This new status allows ACGIH® to accept tax-deductible donations that will be used to continue the important work of its scientific Committees.

Lead Paint Removal: The Villain Disguised

spy standing suspicious 400 clr 4414Many people find it exciting to keep up with trends. Something new or different equates to fun, originality and even adventure. Very few who follow trends ever think that their behavior might risk exposure to danger. A recent popular one involved furniture and decor. The stressed treatment furniture with scratches, holes, bent nails with splotches of paint here and there suddenly became fashionable. Most of the furniture came from discarded pieces painted long ago, or from wood salvaged from old structures demolished decades before - now called reclaimed wood. 


What has come as surprise is that the cherished piece of furniture or wall or floor decor may possess dangerous levels of lead. Once covered with a lead-based paint, the remnant poisonous lead remains. Now exposed, the villain continues to pose problems for homeowners and businesses. Especially for those who have used the wood to decorate walls, floors and ceilings.


The solution to the problem is easy - throw out the furniture or the decor. Calmer heads recommend testing first before taking drastic action. Many of these pieces demanded high prices and throwing away something costly may prove foolish.


Fortunately, the cost of testing is not expensive. Test kits are available at many local hardware stores. Scraping off a few chips is all it takes, aside from placing the shard samples on a test strip to see if it turns the correct color (red usually). The owner should reflect before deciding. In the interim, the owner should isolate the questionable piece.


It is fair to wonder if the furniture or decor, even though exposed many years if not decades before, continues to present the threat of lead poisoning.


Paint seeps into wood. Most of the older paints were oil-based and wood absorbed that lead-tainted oil like a sponge sopping up water. If an owner is one of the lucky ones, the of wood of the furniture piece may have never been exposed to lead-tainted paint.


The risk as always lies mostly on the shoulder of children. Cribs are always a popular item and the stressed look enhanced that popularity. A simple example will provide insight. While children are teething, it is very common to find chew marks on their cribs.


Lead poisoning continues to raise its dangerous head in many ways. It once held a place so intrinsic to the American way of life, locating it presented no problems. Given its once prominent role in daily life, the continued promise of its debilitating effects may persist for generations to come.


When you make the decision not to start a DIY project and hire a local contractor to help with lead based paint removal from your home, there are compliance regulations that must be followed.


 


Three Tips for Adhering to OSHA Standards for Lead Paint Removal


The requirements of OSHA standards for the workplace can sometimes be overwhelming. However, these requirements are not necessarily the product of arbitrary bureaucracy. This is especially clear for topics pertaining to lead-based paint removal.


Following OSHA regulations when removing lead-based paint in an industrial setting can prevent illness, provide guidance for the best removal techniques, and lessen the potential for legal issues down the line.


Here are three tips to get you started with OSHA regulations for lead paint removal:



  1. Measure the air for lead exposure. The OSHA standard for lead exposure is 50 micrograms of lead per cubic meter. The CDC provides a set of standard practices and procedures to follow for measuring lead content in the air of a workplace. Expect continued testing every six months even for levels below the OSHA standard, to monitor for possible increases as work continues.

  2. Match worker protection with the level of lead exposure. Don't underestimate the protective gear and techniques required for a safe workplace. Respirators, protective clothing, hand and eye-washing stations, and a detailed training program are the minimum requirements of a workplace engaged in lead paint removal.

  3. Explore as many safe avenues of ventilation as possible. Ventilation is the simplest and most effective method of reducing lead exposure in the air. Equip paint removal power tools with dust collection shrouds, exhausted through a HEPA vacuum setup. Also look for any opportunities for general dilution. Maintain an effective local exhaust system to mitigate the level of lead suspended in the air at the work site.


OSHA lead exposure standards cover more than these details, so view these suggestions as a starting point for developing a safe workplace for lead paint removal.


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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Truck driver job-related injuries in overdrive

When you think of dangerous jobs, what comes to your mind? Police officers, firefighters and construction workers might top the list for most people. Tractor-trailer truck drivers probably don't come to mind, but Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that driving a truck is risky in ways you might not expect.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

How to protect healthcare workers from hazardous drugs

Surface wipe sampling is an important component of a comprehensive drug-safety program to identify where skin exposure to hazardous drugs could occur in healthcare settings.
All drugs carry risks, as well as benefits, as the patient warnings listed on the accompanying inserts indicate. One class of drugs with especially serious risks are anticancer drugs, which can be associated with organ damage, reproductive harm, hearing impairment, and cancer.

Getting ready for the new small drone rule

Some people call it a “government regulation.” The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) calls it “a new world of opportunities for drone operators.”
Whatever the terminology, the new small drone rule for non-hobbyists goes into effect August 29, and the FAA says it wants to “make sure you have the information you'll need to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Monday, 22 August 2016

After the flood…

With cleanup from the historic flooding in Louisiana likely to go on for some time, occupational safety and health agencies are warning about the hazards that workers and volunteers will face during cleanup activities.

Robber threatens subway agent with fire

A New York City subway agent was the victim last week of a would-be robber who used arson to commit his crime – but technology saved the day.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Deadly dust in Ga. takes a worker's life

In the agricultural industry, excessive dust is a fuel that can cause serious and sometimes deadly explosions and fires - as was the case at a Georgia chicken feed mill where an explosion killed a 25-year-old man and injured five others in February 2016, federal workplace safety inspectors have found.

NIOSH hits the road to offer miners free health screenings

All former and current coal miners in western Virginia are encouraged to take advantage of the free and confidential health screenings the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will be offering starting tomorrow.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The FAA announces a New Center of Excellence

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta said the agency has selected the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teams to lead the new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP).

Feds finalize greenhouse gas, fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks

The EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Safety academy marks four decades of helping miners

The National Mine Health and Safety Academy is celebrating its 40th birthday today with a ceremony in Beaver, West Virginia that honors the Academy's legacy.

Olympic work

As Olympic fever takes hold, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) that relates directly or indirectly to the athletes or their events.

James Barthel, President and CEO of MT2, Selected as a Semi-Finalist for the Denver Better Business Bureau 2016 Torch Award and Nominated for the 2016 Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year Award

MT2 announced news regarding their President and CEO being honored with two significant business nominations. James Barthel was notified in July that he was selected as a Semi-Finalist for the Denver Better Business Bureau 2016 Torch Awards and also Nominated for the 2016 Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year Award.

 

Encouraging and supporting ethical business practices is a key purpose of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).  The Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics is the most prestigious award the BBB can present to a business or nonprofit.  Being a recipient indicates that the business not only believes in the high standards promoted by the BBB, but also consistently acts on them and continuously integrates them into daily practices.

 

Commenting on the news of being selected as a semi-finalist for the Denver Better Business Bureau 2016 Torch Award, Barthel stated, “I am humbled and honored. MT2 is run on a belief and value-system that service is a foundational reason for a business to exist. I focus on a balanced interest for all stakeholders including customers, employees, owners, business partners and suppliers. A balanced win-win approach for all stakeholders produces a culture of service focused on others along with the uncompromising integrity of being part of an enterprise with a higher purpose.”

 

 

The Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year Award honors a leader of the business community who embodies the strong belief in real-world practical application of ethical principles as a framework for personal and organizational decision-making and leadership. Nominees will be evaluated based on principles espoused by Bill Daniels during his business career including: Integrity, Trust, Accountability, Transparency, Fairness, Respect, Rule of Law, and Viability.

 

On being nominated for the 2016 Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year Award, Barthel stated, “our vision and mission here at MT2 is to be the premier specialty environmental services company known for our high level of service and integrity with a higher purpose and to deliver a competitive service experience to our clients, characterized by excellence in performance, safety, and environmental protection; producing a sustainable rate of return to shareholders; and established on a foundation of principles and values commensurate with our calling.”

He continued, “our core business competency is compliance. A single incident of non-compliance can result in a significant risk to our customers and to our viability to long-term sustainability. For these reasons and as part of our excellence in service commitment, MT2 has established a zero infractions goal as a primary objective. We work strongly to help establish industrywide standards, to help our clients understand the relevance of regulations to their operations and to promote industry wide compliance through trade organization and training opportunities.”

 

 

About MT2:

MT2 is the Nation's leading provider of environmental firing range services having provided professional, high-integrity solutions to over 1,000 public and private indoor and outdoor firing ranges for military, law enforcement and municipalities nationwide in all 50 States since 2000. MT2 is committed to protecting law enforcement officers who protect and serve our communities.

MT2 has recycled over 12 MILLION tons of lead, returning over $4,000,000 dollars to ranges owners without a single regulatory violation, while working closely with range owners to implement firing range Best Management Practices (BMPs). MT2's zero-tolerance for regulatory violations gives range owners the peace of mind that their project will be successfully completed on a guaranteed schedule.

No one can complete a firing range lead reclamation project quicker and safer than MT2.

Monday, 15 August 2016

OSHA, NIOSH kick off hearing protection contest

OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are using a contest to challenge inventors and entrepreneurs to help develop a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and related hearing loss.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Obstructed breathing more common in certain jobs

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) investigators have found that that the highest rates of airway obstruction were in jobs related to installation, maintenance, and repair; construction; and oil and gas extraction.

Friday, 12 August 2016

PHMSA strengthens rule for flammable liquids and rail tank cars

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), has announced a final rule amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to codify certain requirements of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (FAST Act) related to the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Pa. feed mill ignores combustible dust warnings

When OSHA enforcement personnel arrived at Albion Mill in Albion, Pennsylvania on Feb. 10, 2016, they expected to find hazards identified during a 2013 abated.
Instead, they found that the company:

NHTSA message: 'Safe Cars Save Lives'

In a Safe Cars Save Lives bus tour going on this week, The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) is spreading the word about vehicle and passenger safety. A team of experts will be deployed to each stop to teach motorists about recalls, tires, car seats and heatstroke.

Know Your Options When Dealing with Lead Paint: Removal vs Encapsulation vs Lead Based Paint Treatment & Sealant

direction arrow sign pc 400 clr 3679When dealing with toxic lead paint, it is important to make sure that you and your family are safe from the dangerous lead particles. Two popular and proven options for dealing with lead paint in old homes are treating the paint by removing it and encapsulating, also known as covering it up.


When it comes to lead paint: Why Just Cover it When You Can Treat it! 


 


Encapsulation


Encapsulation is a viable method for areas that are free of contaminants, cracks, and moisture. They must be applied at a specific humidity and temperature. Encapsulation cannot be used in areas of high friction, such as doors or windows.


The disadvantages are that the encapsulant may peel off and expose lead paint, leaks may damage encapsulants, and they require constant maintenance and monitoring to ensure that they are not leaking dangerous lead into the environment.


 


Treatment


Removing lead paint completely from the home often does take more time and money than encapsulating, but it is a much better long term solution to lead, especially if children under the age of 6 visit your home or live in your home. Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin, especially to young children.


The RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) has specific guidelines for removing lead paint safely, and this difficult task is best left to professionals, for the health and safety of you and your family. If your home was built before 1978, have it tested for the presence of lead. The EPA provides training and certified renovator credentials to individuals and businesses who have completed their safety program. We are a lead-safe certified firm.


Removing lead paint is best left to the experts. Please contact us for more information.


Prior to being banned in the United States in 1978 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lead paint was the most common type of paint found in government agencies, businesses, schools, public housing, and, to a large extent, private homes. Lead paint and lead-based paint additives were long favored due to rapid drying, color fastness, and durability. Unfortunately, the very element that made this possible – lead – is a highly toxic heavy metal.


Exposure to lead can cause a number of long-term health problems, particularly for children. Lead exposure in children and infants has been linked to diminished intelligence, learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and seizures. Lead can also damage major organs such as the kidneys and, in extreme cases, cause death.


Despite have been banned 38+ years ago, lead-based paint is still very prevalent in many old structures and, despite its age, still a potential killer. In fact, in many ways, lead-based paint is a larger danger now than when it was first applied. This is due to the fact that old lead-based paints tend to flake, peel and fall off as they age. This releases toxic lead dust in the air, dust which can be harmful or fatal if breathed in a high enough concentration or during prolonged exposure.


This has created a real quandary for anyone who wants to rid their home of lead-based paint. There are two primarily ways to deal with lead paint – treating the paint and removing it, or encapsulation, which involves covering the lead paint with a surface sealant to prevent flaking or the release of lead dust into the surroundings.


Each of these methods have different risks and rewards, but only removal truly solves the problem.


Visit the Environmental Protection Agency website for more information on how to make your home lead-free.


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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The key to a successful mine emergency response

Cities and towns beset by natural disasters or catastrophic events immediately turn to their community's first responders to coordinate and execute rescue and recovery efforts.
The practice is no different when a calamity occurs in an underground mine.

Roofing contractor ignores warnings, exposes workers to falls

Dorchester, Massachusetts-based contractor Roof Kings LLC exposed employees to life-threatening falls - more than 45 feet off the ground - over a three-day period as they worked at a Haverhill church, federal workplace safety and health inspectors found.

Negotiating the 'new world of work'

The emergence of a 'new world of work' interferes with traditional forms of work organisation. There is an underlying risk for the workers' movement to lose control on matters as crucial as working hours and working arrangements.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

FAA Administrator : Making aviation safer

Speaking before a diverse general aviation audience at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta underscored the importance of government and industry collaboration and highlighted a number of initiatives that are making general aviation safer and more efficient.

High blood pressure is more common in lower-income countries

For the first time in history, people living in low- and middle-income countries have a higher prevalence of hypertension – or high blood pressure – than people living in high-income countries, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation.

NTSB retrieves El Faro Voyage Data Recorder

The doomed cargo ship that sank in the Bahamas last year has finally yielded up a clue that could help investigators determine exactly how it met its end, taking the lives of its 33 crew members with it.

Comm tower workers get a safety standard

A new standard aimed at protecting workers who install, alter or maintain communication towers offers the first comprehensive approach reducing injuries and saving lives in industry that has rapidly expanded in recent years, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Monday, 8 August 2016

NJ workers exposed to flammable gas

When OSHA inspectors entered a New Jersey chemical facility Feb. 6 as part of the agency's national emphasis program for chemical facilities, they had no idea they'd find workers exposed to a substance capable of causing a host of hazards, from fire to liver damage.

Are you a cancer survivor?

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is seeking individuals with a strong personal interest in cancer to participate in its research grants peer review process. “Stakeholders,” who have been part of the Society's grant review process since 1999, provide a unique perspective from the cancer experience to help ensure sound research funding decisions.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Ag worker pesticide rule closer to being finalized

A tougher agricultural worker protection rule is inching closer to becoming a reality, now that the EPA has sent it to the Department of Agriculture for review.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Rifle Shooting Tip: Holdover and Offset

Rifle Shooting Tip: Holdover and OffsetWhen making precision shots at varying distances a shooter should know--relative to the distance of the firearm's zero--how much to hold the sights over or under the desired point of impact. Adam Painchaud, Director of the Sig Sauer Academy in New Hampshire, explains the concept of holdover and offset while sharing a drill that will help improve your precision shooting skill.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

ASSE member appointed to OSHA's construction safety committee

R. Ronald Sokol, a 29-year member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, was appointed to the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), which is charged with advising the agency on setting construction standards and policy matters affecting federally financed or assisted construction.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Lead Paint Removal: A National Disgrace?

frustrated at my desk 400 clr 8478There are plenty of regulations and laws that proscribe the use and removal of lead paints. Changes to the laws have occurred since 1970 when lead's use in paint concluded. After nearly a half-century, millions of homes throughout America still contain dangerous levels of lead from paint. The reasons are numerous and in 1998, the EPA issued a memorandum, hoping it would serve to expedite the removal of lead from residential housing.


By reclassifying lead paint debris, excluding it from RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste regulations, the EPA's belief was that, "[it] will facilitate additional residential abatement, renovation and remodeling, and rehabilitation activities, thus protecting children from continued exposure to lead paint in homes ... making lead paint homes safe for children," as issued by Elizabeth A. Cotsworth, Director Office of Solid Waste. In that same memo,"[t]he reclassification made lead paint debris generated by contractors in households ... 'household waste'."


It was plan that balanced cost against danger. But did it work? 


Almost twenty years later, according to HUD, "[b]ased on the survey results, it is estimated that 37.1 million homes (34.9%) have lead-based paint (LBP) somewhere in the building, of which 23.2 million (21.9% of all homes) have one or more lead-based paint hazards. Of homes with lead-based paint, 34.4 million (93%) were built before 1978." That may sound like a tremendous number. Exposing so many people and their children to the highly dangerous lead-based paint (LBP) continues as a deeply serious issue, subjecting them to a multitude of serious, possibly permanent, health challenges.


Yet, in 1970, with the banning of LBP, there were approximately 64 million homes affected. It seems that since that time, approximately half the homes have eliminated LBP.


The question now turns on whether the EPA should continue the policy. Lowering costs of remediation, which were and are prohibitive, especially since most of these homes are in poor areas, may have reached its effective point. After all, in two decades more than thirty million homes continue to expose families to danger.


The solution would not be simple. It may pose a greater cost. Yet, we live in a society where the nation organizes to secure and render aid to large regions when storms, earthquakes and other events wreak havoc on the residents and their property. With this perspective, given the health risk to people who occupy these homes, perhaps a similar approach might prove successful.


The answer is no longer to do nothing or pretend that an old statue that has outlived its effectiveness are sufficient. It is now reaching a point where the failure to act looks much like a national disgrace moving in slow motion.


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EPA issues final formaldehyde rule

The EPA last week issued a final rule to limit exposure to formaldehyde, a carcinogen that is used as an adhesive in a wide range of wood products, such as some furniture, flooring, cabinets, bookcases and building materials including plywood and wood panels.

Former ASSE president dies as a result of motorcycle accident

ASSE is sad to share news of the passing of Jerry Ray, ASSE's 1997-98 President and a well-liked and highly respected leader of the occupational safety and health profession.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

NY nail salons get clean air regs

New ventilation requirements to protect the health of workers and customers in New York state nail salons will go into effect Oct. 3, 2016.

It's all about risk

I started my career as a graduate assistant at North Carolina State University working with the state's furniture and textile industries as they were trying to comply with a new law, the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Monday, 1 August 2016

NTSB: Driver of Tesla was using car's tech at time of Fla. crash

The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) doesn't yet know what caused the fatal Tesla-truck crash in Florida earlier this year, but it has concluded that the Tesla driver was using the the vehicle's advanced driver assistance features Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and Autosteer lane-keeping assistance.

Aircraft emissions are contributing to climate change

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a determination under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from certain types of aircraft engines contribute to the pollution that causes climate change and endangers Americans' health and the environment.