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Upcoming EHS Events

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Pendleton to Host Blue Mountain Safety Conference – “Employers and workers are invited to attend the annual Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference in Pendleton.  The event is scheduled for June 2, 2016, at the Pendleton Convention Center and will highlight a variety of safety and health topics.  Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of…

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Walmart Reduces Chemicals of High Concern by 95%

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ChemicalWatch, 27 April 2016 “Walmart has announced a 95% by weight reduction of ‘high priority chemicals’ from certain products sold in US locations, according to its latest global responsibility report.  The company’s policy on sustainable chemistry in consumables, launched in 2013, seeks to remove substances of high concern from goods such as personal care, paper, cleaning, pet, and baby products….

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New Technology Lays Foundation to Know Which of the 80,000 Manufactured Chemicals Pose Risks

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Press Release, Society for Risk Analysis, April 26, 2016 A team of federal government researchers successfully has tested a new method to more quickly and cheaply collect data that can help define the potential human health risks for more than 80,000 chemicals now in commerce and the environment.  The researchers believe it lays the groundwork for far-reaching advances in managing chemical…

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EPA Grant Will Help Central States Improve Air Quality

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EPA, 12 April 2016 “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $561,507 to the Central States Air Resource Agencies Association to help states collaborate on improving air quality.  This group of nine states in the central U.S. will work on issues related to air pollution moving between states, and provide lower-cost training for state staff. Interstate air pollution transport…

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[CBS] Who Will Zika Virus Be an Occupational Hazard For?

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CBS, 22 April 2016 Some jobs may be more risky when it comes to getting infected with the Zika virus, so health officials Friday issued interim guidelines on how employers and workers in higher risk jobs can best steer clear of the mosquito-borne illness.   Zika has been spreading through Central and South America since last year.  It’s of concern because it’s linked to…

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Experts Say OSHA Fines Could Increase 80% This Year

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Newsday, 17 April 2016 For the first time since 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) this year will increase its fines to account for inflation.  The increase was authorized in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 signed into law in November.  Industry experts estimate the increase could be as much as 80 percent, making it more imperative than…

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New Federal Silica Exposure Rule Could Cost Billions

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Plastics News, 15 April 2016 “Under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules, permitted exposures to silica in the construction industry would be cut to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over an eight-hour period from 250 micrograms. In other industries, which have a 100 microgram standard, it will also be reduced to 50 micrograms….

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EPA Reduces Health Risk from Radon in New Mexico

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  Released from the EPA, 8 April 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $221,158 to the New Mexico Environment Department. The state will use the funds to protect residents of New Mexico—particularly school-age children—from harmful exposures to radon gas and other indoor air pollutants that may cause cancer.   EPA regularly works with organizations to reduce the environmental health risks…

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S.2180 – Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act

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Introduced October 8, 2015 This bill amends the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 to specify that an unlawful employment practice is established when the complaining party demonstrates that age or participation in investigations, proceedings, or litigation under such Act was a motivating factor for any unlawful employment practice, even though other factors also motivated the practice (thereby allowing…

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Phylmar Group’s Mark Katchen Named a New Distinguished Fellow

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AIHA Recognizes 15 OEHS Professionals as New Distinguished Fellows The new distinguished Fellows will be honored during the second annual Mark of Excellence Awards Breakfast taking place on Wednesday, May 25 at the 2016 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in Inner Harbor Baltimore, Md. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Release No. SPR-16-0401-01 CONTACT: Chanta’ Stewart, AIHA Communications (703) 846-0700;cstewart@aiha.org FALLS…

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