Tag: health

Disinfectant cleaning

NIOSH Compiles Disinfectant Safety, Health Hazard Info Amid COVID-19

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently collected safety and health information on cleaners and disinfectants that employers can use in their hazard communication programs. The NIOSH material includes a table of health hazards and protective measures for chemicals used as disinfectants.

Coronavirus

OSHA Says Employers Must Plan for COVID-19 Hazards

As states lift stay-at-home orders and workplaces reopen, employers must plan for potential hazards of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and routine workplace hazards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminded employers. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. COVID-19 currently is widespread in most U.S. communities and considered […]

Chemical chain

The Persistence of PFAS: The ‘Forever Chemicals’ Coming Under Regulatory Scrutiny

Environment, health, and safety (EHS) professionals and their organizations should be following the ongoing conversation surrounding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). We continue to learn more about this large family of chemicals and their impact on both human health and the environment—and PFAS are increasingly coming under more expansive regulatory scrutiny.

Whistleblower

COVID-19: Avoid Retaliation for Health and Safety Complaints During Pandemic

As state stay-at-home orders begin to lift and workplaces reopen, are you ready for employee concerns about their safety and health in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? How will you respond if an employee files a complaint with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or a state workplace safety and health agency? Employers must […]

classroom or day care center, child care

COVID-19: Cal/OSHA Provides Guidance for Childcare Services

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) issued guidance on COVID-19 infection protection in childcare services. Employers must update their Injury and Illness Protection Programs (IIPP) to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19, according to Cal/OSHA.

Map: COVID-19 Cases, Plus 11 Steps Your Organization Can Take

The COVID-19 outbreak is at top of mind for environment, health, and safety (EHS) professionals nationwide. Keep up with the current number of cases in your state with our interactive map, updated daily—and read on to learn 11 steps your organization can take to help limit its exposure to, and disruption by, the coronavirus.

Doctor, medical professional

Surgeon General Sounds Off for Worker Well-Being

In a medical journal editorial, the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, encouraged employers to foster worker well-being. Adams highlighted the Total Worker Health (TWH) approach developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

EPA Will Review EtO Sterilization NESHAP

Following an evaluation of the carcinogenic risks posed by ethylene oxide (EtO), which the EPA released in 2016, and a follow-up National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) for EtO, the EPA has decided that the health risks posed by EtO air emissions are “significantly higher” than previously believed.