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Conference in Bend Puts Spotlight on Workplace Safety, 20-21 September 2016

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A two-day event in Bend will offer employers and workers a full menu of opportunities to sharpen their skills at creating and maintaining safe and healthy workplaces.  Those opportunities include topics on everything from reinvigorating safety committees and safely handling chemicals to understanding updated rules for firefighters and learning how to be a safer driver. Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division…

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OSHA Kicks Off ‘Hear and Now – Noise Safety Challenge’

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OSHA, 13 June 2016 The Department of Labor is challenging inventors and entrepreneurs to help develop a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and related hearing loss. The DOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mine Safety and Health Administration, in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, have launched the ‘Hear and Now – Noise Safety Challenge’…

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Upcoming EHS Events September-November 2016

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SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) 2016, San Francisco, CA, September 13-16, 2016 EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 19-21, 2016 Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry, Las Vegas, NV, September 19-21, 2016 ABSA International 59th Annual Biological Safety Conference, Grapevine, TX, September 30 – October 5, 2016 AIHA Fall Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 24-25, 2016 ACGIH’s…

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Kozinski Declares War on ‘Fat Briefs’

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Law.com, 4 August 2016 Filers of ‘fat’ briefs be warned.  Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski has let his disdain for oversized court filings be known.  In a short-but-effective dissent from an order granting the California Attorney General’s Office permission to file an oversized brief, Kozinski wrote Thursday that it’s become a ‘common and rather lamentable practice’ for attorneys to wait to the last minute…

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Healing The Ozone Hole

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STP, 2 August 2016 Late in the 1970s, measurements in the stratosphere revealed that levels of ozone were falling – the headline summary of this trend was the annual appearance of a thinned-out ‘ozone hole’ over the Arctic and Antarctic regions.  Health and environmental and human health scientists worried because stratospheric ozone is an important absorber of potentially damaging ultraviolet…

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Lead in Your Water: Investigative Report Finds Excessive Lead Levels in Nearly 2,000 Water Systems Across the U.S.

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Summary of selected portions of article series by Alison Young and Mark Nichols, “Lead in Your Water,” USA Today, March, 2016 A USA Today Network investigation examining EPA enforcement data has identified almost 2,000 water systems where testing has shown lead contamination levels exceeding the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb).  The water systems span all 50 states…

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Occupational Medicine-Your Valued Partner in Biosafety: A Distance Learning Opportunity

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19 August 2016, 12pm-2pm Occupational Health is often referred to as a multi-disciplinary approach to developing and ensuring compliance with safe working practices, and maintaining the health and well-being of those employed in a particular occupation or workplace.  This live webinar will focus on the latest in occupational health information and will include a wide range of topics to be…

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EPA Determines that Aircraft Emissions Contribute to Climate Change Endangering Public Health and the Environment

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EPA, 25 July 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today 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.  The findings are for carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and…

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First Female-to-Male Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus Infection Reported in New York City

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CDC, 15 July 2016 The New York City report of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection is the first documented case of sexual transmission of Zika from a woman to her sex partner and adds to the growing body of knowledge about the sexual transmission of Zika. All previously reported cases of sexually transmitted Zika virus infection have been spread…

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