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Key Provisions of the Amended Toxic Substance Control Act

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Source: epa.gov, June 23, 2016

The following provides a brief overview of the key provisions in the amended TSCA, including: existing chemicals; new chemicals; confidential business information; source of sustained funding; federal-state partnership; and mercury export and disposal.

Existing Chemicals

  • Chemical Assessments
    • Prioritization.  EPA must establish a risk-based process to determine which chemicals it will
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Better Water System Maintenance Needed to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks

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CDC, 7 June 2016

More effective water management might have prevented most of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks CDC investigated from 2000 through 2014, according to today’s CDC Vital Signs report.  Problems identified in these building-associated outbreaks included inadequate disinfectant levels, human error, and equipment breakdowns that led to growth of Legionella bacteria in water …

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NIOSH Develops Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information Database

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Source:  cdc.gov

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a PPE-Info Database  that serves as a compendium of Federal regulations and consensus standards.  The purpose of the database is to provide standards developers, manufacturers, purchasers, and end users of PPE with a comprehensive tool which allows general or advanced criteria searches …

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EPA Releases Final Rules to Reduce Methane, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Toxic Air Emissions from Oil and Gas Sector

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Source: epa.gov

On 3 June 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued three final rules that together will curb emissions of methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and toxic air pollutants such as benzene from new, reconstructed and modified oil and gas sources, while providing greater certainty about Clean Air Act permitting requirements for …

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Fed-OSHA Starts Summer Heat Safety Campaign

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OSHA has kicked off its summer campaign to inform employers and employees about the dangers of working in the heat. The campaign will continue its annual outreach to highlight how heat-related worker fatalities are entirely preventable.  In 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on …

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Health-Related Rulemakings Top OSHA Agenda

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In looking at the OSHA rulemaking schedule released May 18, 2016, protecting workers’ health seems to be the main theme. Five out of the six new rulemakings that OSHA plans to initiate involve a long-sought measure to guard healthcare employees from workplace violence.

From Bloomberg BNA, 5/19/16:

The regulatory agenda also revived OSHA’s infection …

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