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Safety+Health magazine, September 2015 issue

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September 2015

Volume: 192
Edition: 3

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2015 NSC Rising Stars of Safety: 'Leaders and innovators'

The National Safety Council presents the Rising Stars of Safety, Class of 2015
The National Safety Council presents the NSC Rising Stars of Safety, Class of 2015. These young safety professionals are being recognized for their efforts to “promote continuous safety improvement in their organizations” and “working to build strong safety cultures.”
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Reducing beryllium exposure

OSHA proposes to significantly strengthen its rule on exposure to the versatile but potentially deadly metal
OSHA’s proposed rule on beryllium has been released. It aims to dramatically reduce the current permissible exposure limit – a move supported by both labor and industry – and save hundreds of lives a year.
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Process Safety Management: An update

OSHA, other agencies take steps to improve chemical facility safety
The federal government, including OSHA, has updated its progress on improving chemical facility safety. For its part, OSHA has taken several steps to update its Process Safety Management Standard.
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La seguridad de los trabajadores latinos

Why are workplace injuries and deaths increasing among Latino employees?
Hispanic and Latino workers were the only demographic to see its fatality figures increase from 2012 to 2013. Experts explore why Latinos are at a higher risk of workplace injuries and death, and provide potential solutions to reverse the growing trend.
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VPP: Here to stay?

New legislation would make OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs a permanent part of the agency
A House bill would make OSHA’s Voluntary Protections Program a permanent fixture within the agency. Should it be? Stakeholders debate the merits of codifying the program in the face of recent criticisms.
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Safety during a downturn

The oil and gas industry is struggling. How do employers promote worker safety in a lean job market?
A recent downturn in the oil and gas industry has created challenges for safety professionals. How can they keep workers safe amid more stress and fewer resources?
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Diabetes and worker safety

Managing the condition is crucial
About 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say that an individual who has diabetes can work safely if he or she can effectively control the condition and perform the job’s essential duties.
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