Clean Air Act Settlement Improves Chemical Safety at Bloomfield, Conn. Meat Processor
A Bloomfield, Conn. company that runs an ammonia refrigeration system at its meat processing plant has agreed to pay $65,000 in civil penalties to resolve claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that it violated federal clean air laws as well as the federal right-to-know law in its use of ammonia.

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Safety Measures at Republican Convention
The Cleveland police, with help from units nationwide, are addressing safety concerns.

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Newark Metal Treatment Company Faces $87K Penalty for Exposing Workers to Fall, Chemical, Electrical, and Compressed Gas Hazards
The agency cited the serious violations because the company exposed employees to approximately 9-foot falls, improperly stored compressed gases, multiple electrical hazards and used corrosive chemicals without a proper decontamination shower.

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Emergency Preparedness for Farmworkers
Farms, like most workplaces, face unexpected emergencies and disasters. Agricultural emergencies and disasters can be natural or man-made. To help lessen the impact of these events, employers and supervisors should develop and exercise an emergency action plan that prepares workers to react to and handle emergencies and disasters before they occur.

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OSHA cites Amerway for Again Overexposing Employees to Lead Hazards at Altoona Manufacturing Facility; Failing to Provide Respiratory Protection
The serious citations relate to the employer's failure to:

  • Implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls to reduce and maintain employee exposures to lead below the permissible exposure level.
  • Institute a medical surveillance program for employees exposed to lead above the action level for more than 30 days per year, to include biological monitoring in the form of blood sampling and analysis for lead and zinc protoporphyrin.
  • Provide a medical evaluation to employees required to utilize a tight-fitting respirator while working in a regulated area.
  • The other-than-serious violation was due to hazardous chemical labeling deficiencies.

Proposed penalties: $49,000

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EIA 2017 Call For Presentations -Submit Your Session Today!
You are cordially invited to submit presentation abstracts for consideration as a Professional Development Seminar, Technical Session or Paper for EIA 2017. Presentation topics should be related to one of the technical areas (asbestos, lead, IAQ, S&A, General). Viewpoints from various disciplines – contractors, consultants, laboratories, attorneys, regulators, building owners and property managers – are encouraged, and presentations should not include sales presentations or biases in any form.

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Statement from the National Safety Council on Pokémon Go Safety Concerns
The National Safety Council urges pedestrians to exercise caution while playing the Pokémon Go augmented reality game, and the Council implores drivers to refrain from playing the game behind the wheel.

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OSHA Orders Dearborn Heights School District to Pay $193K to Employee Punished for Warning of Asbestos Exposures
Federal investigators have determined a Michigan janitor was labeled a troublemaker and subjected to a continuing litany of adverse personnel actions by the Dearborn Heights School District after she complained about exposure to asbestos while cleaning school floor tiles.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the school district violated the whistleblower provisions of the Clean Air Act, and has ordered the district to pay the worker a total of $193,139 in back wages, damages and other compensation.

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OSHA Fines Epic Health Services $98K for Failing to Protect Home Care Workers from Physical, Sexual Assault
The sexual assault of a home health care worker has resulted in a willful citation against one of the nation's leading providers of pediatric home health and therapy services for medically frail and chronically ill children, after it failed to protect its employees properly from the dangers of workplace violence.

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Product Showcase
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Alpha Omega Instruments introduces the Series 1300 O2 Deficiency Monitor. Features 4 year sensor warranty, built-in data logger, audible/visual alarms, up to three sensors, factory calibrated. Base price under $1,500.
Alpha Omega Instruments Corp.
Peracetic Acid (PAA) gas detection is now available from Analytical Technology,Inc., Both portable and fixed detectors can provide rapid and reliable detection of hazardous levels of PAA vapor in the workplace. The new PAA sensor provides sensitivity to 0.05 ppm while measuring selectively without interference from hydrogen peroxide, a component of PAA solutions. Sensors are compatible with the ATI PortaSens II portable leak detector as well as the series F12 fixed gas detector.
Analytical Technology Inc.
Clearflo® Ag-47 tubing contains antimicrobial technology to guard against bacteria such as legionella, E. coli and MRSA. The ingredient is throughout the tubing for bacteria protection on all tubing surfaces. NSF-51 listed. Request a sample.
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Tired of waiting for lab results? See how easy and effective real-time, direct reading dust monitoring can be compared to gravimetric sampling. Look to the TSI DustTrak™ Aerosol Monitors to provide more flexible use and expanded measurement insight for any workplace dust monitoring project. Start saving time and money today
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