Health en EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: From Chief Opponent to Agency Chief <div class="field-deck"> Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been tasked to lead the agency he sued 13 times. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Feb. 17, Scott Pruitt was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He subsequently resigned his position as attorney general of Oklahoma.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment Health News Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:02:00 +0000 53021 at <p>EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt addressing EPA employees on Feb. 21.</p> Getty Images Eight Ways to Wellness in the Workplace [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>John Hitch is a staff writer at New Equipment Digest, and he covers manufacturing technology and trends. John often reviews products and services.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:20:00 +0000 53001 at Supporting a Culture of Caring Can Reduce Injuries and Costs, Improve Performance <div class="field-byline"> Janice Berthold </div> <div class="field-deck"> A senior vice president at an insurance company who is an expert in workers’ compensation insurance shares ways clients have reduced injuries, improved morale, saved money and increased production. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>We recently worked with a company that was having problems getting its employees to use their personal protection equipment (PPE). We convinced management to change its message &ndash; which had been focused on penalties and reprimanding employees who ignored PPE &ndash; to one stressing that using PPE was in the workers&rsquo; best interest, for their own protection. The company even purchased nonslip shoes for all staff and required all workers, even management, to wear them. These actions literally stopped injuries due to slips and falls.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health Safety News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:22:00 +0000 52961 at CDC Study Says One in Four U.S. Adults have Hearing Damage <div class="field-deck"> In a recent study, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found that many U.S. adults have damage from noise exposure despite reporting good hearing. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Even if a person doesn&rsquo;t have job-related noise exposure, he/she still could experience hearing damage or loss at home or in the community.</p> <p>A survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)&nbsp;discovered one in four U.S. adults, as young as their early 20s, have hearing damage caused by loud noises encountered in everyday activities outside of the workplace.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Hearing Protection Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wellness Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:27:00 +0000 52871 at Thinkstock Part II: Are You Ready for OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard? <div class="field-byline"> Luis Pieretti, PhD, CIH, CSP </div> <div class="field-deck"> This is the second article in a three-part series reviewing OSHA’s standard for respirable crystalline silica. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In Part I of this series analyzing OSHA&#39;s crystalline silica standard, I mentioned that the <a href="" target="_blank">new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica</a> is 50 &micro;g/m3 with an action level of 25 &micro;g/m3. A series of requirements will be in effect depending on the employee&rsquo;s exposure.</p> <p><strong>Exposure Assessment</strong></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Health Industrial Hygiene News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:06:00 +0000 52831 at <p>On March 25, 2016, OSHA published the long-awaited respirable crystalline silica rule, which the agency says will affect 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries and this hydraulic fracturing operation in Colorado.</p> Thinkstock Sincerely Stefanie: Stress and Heart Health <div class="field-deck"> Creating a positive safety culture in the way you communicate with employees could be beneficial when it comes to reducing stress and improving cardiovascular health. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I&#39;m sure we all can pinpoint what makes us stressed, whether it&#39;s our job, money, a relationship or a combination of internal and external factors.</p> <p>Just in time for American Heart Month, researchers have released a study linking higher activity in the stress center of our brains, the amygdala, to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +0000 52731 at The Super Bowl Is a Big Game in More Ways Than One [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Each year, the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College and <a href="" target="_blank"></a> share the exercise equivalents needed to burn off those tasty Super Bowl snacks. Here are those equivalents and some &quot;fit tips&quot; to cut calories.</p> </div> Health Wellness Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:38:00 +0000 52651 at Bad Posture Habits Lead to a Decrease in Productivity <div class="field-deck"> Nearly half of the adult labor force in the United States suffers from head, back or neck pain, and a new study shows the reason why posture could be keeping workers from getting the job done. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A corporate wellness initiative between UpRight and Ernst &amp; Young Israel studied the correlation between posture and workplace productivity.</p> <p>The case study included studying office workers at E &amp; Y&rsquo;s Israel office through the application of the UpRight wearable and training them to be more aware of how they sit during long hours.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:47:00 +0000 52531 at EPA: Air Emissions of Toxic Chemicals from Industrial Facilities Down More Than Half Since 2005 <div class="field-deck"> The annual Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis of toxic chemical releases from 22,000 U.S. facilities shows that emissions of toxic chemicals into the air continue to decline. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA released its annual <a href="" target="_blank">Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis</a>, which offers some good news about air quality in the United States. According to the TRI National Analysis, releases of toxic chemicals into the air fell 56 percent from 2005 to 2015 at industrial facilities submitting data to the TRI program, and it showed an 8 percent decrease from 2014 to 2015.<br /> </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment Health Industrial Hygiene News Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:29:00 +0000 52481 at EHSFIT: Finding Your Passion <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Staying active in cooler temperatures and avoiding cabin fever can be quite the challenge. For me, it&rsquo;s always a balance between the cold and precipitation this time of year. It&rsquo;s not much different than assessing risk in the workplace.</p> <p>I always ask a set of questions: What is the temperature? If it is between 30&deg;F and 40&deg;F, what are the conditions of the trails in the park? Is there ice? Are the roads and sidewalks clear? What clothing do I need to keep my skin and body protected?</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:36:00 +0000 52451 at