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NIOSH Sets Recommended Exposure Limits for Diacetyl

After years of study, earlier this month the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released recommendations for employee exposure to diacetyl and a related chemical. Diacetyl is a naturally occurring...more

OSHA Weighs In on EPA Proposed Rule Governing the Use of New Chemical Substances

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA “strongly supports” EPA’s proposed updates to its existing regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The proposed changes seek to...more

NIOSH Announces Sampling Strategy to Help Identify Potential Nanomaterial Exposure in an Occupational Setting

On November 1, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a blog item entitled “Never fear! NEAT 2.0 is here! — How to perform nanomaterial exposure assessment in the workplace.” NIOSH...more

NIOSH Presentation on Engineering Controls for Nanotechnology Now Available

On September 27, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) met, and its discussion included engineering controls and nanomaterials. Kevin H. Dunn, Sc.D.,...more

NIOSH Announces Recent Publications on Nanotechnology and Certain Types of Carbon Nanotubes

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently announced the availability of the following publications: - Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise is a two-volume American Chemical Society...more

Zika and the Hospitality Employer: Evolving Concerns as the Virus Comes to the U.S.

We’ve previously answered some basic questions that employers may have when their employees work in or visit locations where exposure to Zika virus is a risk. With recent news concerning the first cases of transmission of the...more

Zika Virus – Concerns for U.S. Employers and Protections for Employees

Although the Zika Virus has been in the news since early January, the active transmission of the virus by mosquitos in Miami, Florida, along with the Zika-related challenges faced by individuals travelling to Rio de Janerio...more

NIOSH Offers Free Training Program to Help Employers Address Safety Risks Faced by Home Healthcare Workers

Seyfarth Synopsis: NIOSH releases a comprehensive training curriculum that home healthcare employers can use to minimize safety risks and prevent OSHA citations. We had blogged previously about OSHA’s “Strategies and...more

TSCA: Proposed Revisions to Significant New Use Rules Reflect Current Occupational Safety and Health Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed on July 28, 2016, revisions to the regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with revisions to the...more

Comments on 2011 Proposed SNURs Prompt Proposal Regarding Hierarchy of Controls

On July 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed changes to the existing regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to align these...more

Wave of Shootings Puts Workplace Violence Back in the Spotlight

Seyfarth Synopsis: DHS’s recommendations for active shooter prevention and preparedness is only one piece of an effective workplace violence prevention program. Employers should assess their workplaces and develop...more

Wave of Shootings Puts Workplace Violence Back in the Spotlight

Seyfarth Synopsis: DHS’s recommendations for active shooter prevention and preparedness is only one piece of an effective workplace violence prevention program. Employers should assess their workplaces and develop...more

NIOSH Publishes PPOP on Nanotechnology Research Center

On June 15, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a number of Program Performance One-Pagers (PPOP), including a May 2016 PPOP on the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC)....more

NIOSH Explores Workplace Exposure to Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

The May 2016 issue of NIOSH Research Rounds includes an item entitled “Research Explores Workplace Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes.” The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) summarizes the following two...more

OSHA's New Recordkeeping Rule

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized its controversial workplace injury and illness reporting rules. The new requirements are effective August 10, 2016, with...more

Mine Safety Agency Rolls Out New Fatality Prevention Initiative

Noting that 2015 was the safest year ever in the U.S. mining industry, the Mine Safety and Health Administration nonetheless has rolled out a new safety initiative, Rules to Live By (RTLB) IV....more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, May 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - Office Of Inspector General Considers Pesticide Imports: In a memorandum dated April 22, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) informed EPA that...more

SNWG Submits Comments on NIOSH Draft CIB on Silver Nanomaterials

On April 18, 2016, the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group (SNWG) submitted comments on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) draft NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin: Health Effects of...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, April 2016

EPA Issues SNUR For TCE: On April 8, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for trichloroethylene (TCE). 81 Fed. Reg....more

OSTP Blog Item Notes Recent Reports Highlighting Continued Federal Commitment To NanoEHS

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) posted on April 11, 2016, a blog item, authored by Lloyd Whitman, OSTP, and Dr. Treye Thomas, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), entitled “Supporting Responsible...more

NIOSH Publishes Nanotechnology Safety Program Guide for SMEs

On April 4, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled Building a Safety Program to Protect the Nanotechnology Workforce: A Guide for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises....more

OSHA Amends Existing Standards for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

This news alert discusses the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) final rule for worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule significantly lowers the existing permissible exposure limits for...more

OSHA Issues Hazard Alert on Tank Gauging

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have issued a new hazard alert for health and safety risks to workers who manually gauge or sample...more

What to Expect from OSHA in 2016: Michaels Discusses Hazard Alerts, Silica Rule, Reporting, and Other Priorities

On February 11, 2016, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and the head of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), spoke to 170 members of the oil and gas well...more

OSHA Announces National "Step-Up for Safety" Campaign for Upstream Industry

On February 19, 2016, OSHA announced the 2016 Step-Up for Safety Campaign to raise awareness about hazards in the oil and gas industry. The campaign is a joint effort among OSHA, the STEPS Network, and NIOSH....more

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