DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Safety News Briefs - Time May Not Reduce Brain Effects of Solvent Exposure

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have safety news, or safety tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Time May Not Reduce Brain Effects of Solvent Exposure

Reuters Health is reporting on a new study that has found that the effects of exposure to workplace solvents, paints, adhesives and glues continue for decades after the exposure stopped. Workers exposed to these substances experience memory and thinking problems that may not show up for decades. Other studies have reported that solvents can have these effects even at currently acceptable exposure limits.

The article states:

"Workers exposed to solvents on the job may experience memory and thinking problems decades later, according to a new study. Exposure to paints, degreasers, adhesives and glues is common in some occupations, and has been linked to problems such as memory loss, reduced cognitive processing speed and difficulty staying focused."

Read the article here.

Republic Steel's Response To OSHA Citations

Crain's Cleveland Business tells the story behind Republic Steel's $2.4 million settlement with OSHA last April.  The article states:

"The citations were 'very significant,' said Jim Frederick, assistant director of health, safety and environment at the United Steelworkers. But Republic Steel reached out to the union from the start of the inspections, and the two worked together to create a plan that looks at health and safety in a holistic way across the company, he said."

 Read the story here.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Old School Inspections
Safety News Briefs - OSHA Jail
Arizona vs. OSHA - The Story Continues


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