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NSC Estimates Labor Day Weekend Fatalities, Offers Advice to Stay Safe
During the Labor Day weekend, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 395 people will be killed and an additional 42,300 will be injured in car crashes.



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NYCOSH Urging 9/11 Workers and Volunteers to Register Service
New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) is urging workers and volunteers who worked during the 9/11 clean-up to register with the New York State Workers Compensation Board by September 11, 2014.



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NIOSH Offers Advice for Preventing Worker Injury and Death from Backing Construction Vehicles
For preventing worker injuries and deaths from moving construction vehicles and equipment, recommendations are given in the latest NIOSH “Workplace Solutions” series.



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As Reported by AIHA, New Publication Promotes Safety Culture in Labs
According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA), a new report published by the National Academies Press offers recommendations to help promote safety culture in academic labs.



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OSHA Cites Film Production Company After Fatal Train Incident
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Film Allman LLC of Pasadena, California, for one willful and one serious safety violation after a train incident left one worker dead and eight others injured.



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NSC President Visits Construction Site of Industrial Scientific’s New Headquarters
President and CEO of National Safety Council (NSC), Deborah A.P. Hersman, visited the construction site of Industrial Scientific’s new headquarters near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



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To Encourage Ammonia Safety and Protect Refrigerant Workers, OSHA Renews Alliance with GCCA
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its alliance with the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) to protect workers in the temperature-controlled products industry.



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Traffic Fatalities Down 4% According to Data Collected by NSC
According to preliminary data collected by the National Safety Council (NSC), deaths from motor vehicle crashes are down 4 percent during the first six months of 2014, compared to the same six-month period in 2013.



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CDC Issues Report on Heat-Related, OSHA-Enforced Cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) review of 20 heat-related enforcement cases from 2012 to 2013.



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AIHA Opposes Future Logging Careers Act
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has issued letters to Congress in opposition of the new Future Logging Careers Act bill, which would exempt certain 16- and 17-year-old children employed in logging or mechanized operations from child labor laws.



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Missouri Team Wins 2014 National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Contest
The 2014 National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Contest—held from August 4-7, 2014, in Lexington, Kentucky—was won by Doe Run Co.’s “Maroon Team” from Viburnum, Missouri.



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According to NIOSH Coordinator, Nanotechnology Challenges Result in Disciplines Converging
During NIOSH’s annual nanotechnology update, Chuck Geraci, PhD, CIH, gave a lecture in which he outlined current challenges and changes related to nanotechnology and provided a look at the upcoming work at NIOSH.



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Explosion at Foundry Coke Site Reveals Serious Safety Violations
Following a January 31, 2014, explosion at a Tonawanda Coke Corp. plant in Tonawanda, New York, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Tonawanda Coke Corp. and Kircher LLC with proposed penalties totaling $161,100.



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NIOSH and NHCA Award Accepting Self-Nominations
Created by NIOSH and NHCA, the 2015 Safe-In-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™ are accepting self-nominations until September 8, 2014.



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To Prevent Work-Related Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, NIOSH Offers New Resources
As part of the Hearing Loss Prevention Program and the Prevention through Design Initiative, NIOSH has announced a release of resources for the Buy Quiet program.



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Conference Address Debated Effects of Working Posture
In an address at AIHce 2014 + Stewardship, Karen Messing, PhD, described the effects of sitting versus standing in a variety of work situations, and discussed whether too much standing could be problematic to worker health.



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Capital Safety™ Acquires Fall Protection Group Inc.
Capital Safety™ has announced that it has acquired Fall Protection Group Inc., a Calgary, Alberta-based company that offers fall protection training services for workers in a variety of industries.



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OSHA Cites Company for Exposing Workers to Amputation Hazards
Under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations, OSHA has cited Dimensional Machine Works LLC for 13 serious safety violations, including seven repeat, for continuing to expose workers to possible amputation hazards.



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2014 NSC Congress & Expo Preliminary Program Available
The 2014 National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo will take place in San Diego from September 13-19, 2014, at the San Diego Convention Center.



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In Response to Increased Fatalities, OSHA Updates Communications Tower Directive
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its Communications Tower directive in response to a large increase in preventable injuries and fatalities at communication tower work sites.



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MSHA Issues Final Standard on Coal Mine Dust
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a new final standard, which will lower the permissible concentration of harmful respirable coal mine dust and protect coal miners against black lung.



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ISEA Received Approval by ANSI for Coveralls Standard
The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for the American National Standard for Limited Use and Disposal Coveralls—Size and Labeling Requirements.



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2014 AIHA® Fall Conference Program Now Available
The full conference program for the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA®) Fall Conference in Washington, DC—to be held on October 18-22, 2014, at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia—is now available to view.



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ISEA Offers Heat Stress Solutions for Outdoor Workers
The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) is urging outdoor workers to use heat stress solutions and certain types of personal protective equipment as preventative measures.



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Structural Collapse at Nebraska Livestock Feed Manufacturer Results in Fatalities
An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found that the January 20, 2014, structural collapse of International Nutrition Inc.’s Omaha facility —which resulted in the deaths of two workers and injuries to nine others—was caused by an overloading of storage bins on the building’s roof level.



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ASSE Article Reveals How Retired Equipment Poses Hazards
According to a recent article in the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE’s) monthly journal, retiring equipment in the chemical processing industry may pose a greater risk than initially thought.



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OSHA Cites Ohio Company for Exposing Workers to Silica Dust
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Piqua Champion Foundry Inc. for seven repeat and thirteen serious safety violations after exposing workers to dangerous levels of silica dust, respiratory hazards, and unsafe work conditions.



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NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards Available
To help professionals and others recognize and control occupational chemical hazards, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers its NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards, a source of general industrial hygiene information on chemicals in the work environment.



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Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance Formed
A memorandum of understanding was signed at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference in Seat4tle, Washington, creating the Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance (IEQ-GA), which will serve as a global source for information, guidance, and knowledge on indoor environmental quality.



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OSHA Fines Abrasive Blasting Contractor for Exposing Workers to Lead and Silica
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that during a renovation of an Easthampton, Massachusetts, mill, workers performing abrasive blasting were overexposed to lead and silica.



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AIHA Awards Henry F. Smyth Jr. Award to AIHA Fellow
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has awarded the Henry F. Smyth Jr. Award to AIHA Fellow Fred Boelter.



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