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Union: Police Officers on Capitol Hill Endangered by Recent Asbestos Abatement

Even under the nose of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters, unnecessary and dangerous exposure to asbestos still is occurring, leading directly to long-term health concerns now in Washington, D.C.

The union representing Capitol police force filed an official complaint with the Office of Compliance for failing to warn or protect its officers from exposure during the three-month, asbestos abatement project in the Senate subway tunnels.

GHS is finally here…almost!

May 8th, 2012

OSHA’s recently published the final rule to adopt the Global Harmonization System (GHS), whichaccording to them will not change the framework and scope of the current Hazard CommunicationStandard (HCS) but will help ensure improved consistency in the classification and labeling of allworkplace chemicals.

The Importance of Safety Leadership

Every year, in the February issue of Safety+Health magazine, the National Safety Council features an article on CEOs Who “Get It.” This year’s honorees lead national and international organizations ranging in size from 90 to more than 100,000 employees.

Accident Investigations Made Easy

Some companies use the term “Circle of Prevention” when following the Plan, Do, Check, Act model for their safety and heath programs. As safety is really a continuing process of improvement, the OSHA standards should only be the beginning. They may help identify many of the general hazards of general business and construction, but you and your employees should be working together to identify on-the-job hazards unique to your industry and your work areas, using formal and informal safety audits and hazard analysis.

Are U.S. Manufacturers Bringing Asbestos Back?

Well it finally happened!  We got our first snow of the season and like clockwork the masses rushed to the grocery to stock up on milk, bread, and other assorted necessities.  Did the same phenomenon occur in 2011 with United States manufacturers who use cancer causing asbestos in their products?  Between 2010 and 2011 asbestos imports have risen 26% over 2009 levels with Canada accounting for approximately 90% of the imports.

Workplace Safety Tied To Preventing Occupational Hearing Loss

The American Academy of Audiology estimates there are upwards of 5 million, perhaps as many as 30 million Americans occupationally exposed to noise levels greater than the OSHA Action Level of 85 dBA.   Additionally, they estimate that one in four of these workers will develop a permanent hearing loss as a result of trying to earn a living.

Tank Talk: Good Fuel Tank Inspection Practices

Whether you’re a seasoned inspector or novice tank owner you want to make sure everything is up to code on your tanks.   So let's talk about good fuel storage tank inspection practices. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Steel Tank Institute (STI) are associations that publish manufacturing and inspection standards for oil and natural gas tanks, piping and equipment.