Washington — Surface coal miners, especially those who work in drilling, may be exposed to higher concentrations of respirable dust or quartz. This puts them at elevated risk of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis – a deadly but preventable disease known as black lung, results of a recent NIOSH study show.
Bootle, England — Great Britain’s Health and Safety Executive, which regulates and enforces workplace safety and health, has updated a calculator intended to help determine worker exposure to hand-arm vibration.
Villejuif, France — Frequent use of common cleaning products and disinfectants at work may increase female nurses’ risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by up to 38%, results of a recent study led by researchers from France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research suggest.
Geneva — United Nations Special Rapporteur Baskut Tuncak is urging governments and businesses around the world to adopt a series of principles intended to protect workers who are exposed to hazardous substances and provide solutions for violations of their rights.
Sacramento, CA — Workers with high blood lead levels will now have their cases referred to the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health – or Cal/OSHA – for review and possible action, under legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Oct. 10.
Washington — The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on a draft risk evaluation that states the chemical substance methylene chloride poses “unreasonable risk” to workers under certain conditions, according to a notice published in the Oct. 29 Federal Register.