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You'll Shoot Your Eye Out: 5 Tips for Holiday Eye Safety

The number of serious injuries due to improper toy gun use has risen drastically over the past 23 years. A Christmas Story is a not only an nostalgic holiday movie, but it also is a lesson in safety. The iconic scene in which Ralphie shoots his eye out despite repeated warnings to be careful serve as a reminder every holiday season. "Ophthalmologists see firsthand the devastating damage toy guns can inflict on the eyes; children are blinded," said Dianna Seldomridge, M.D., MBA, clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), in a statement. "The good news is, most of these injuries are avoidable. Protective eyewear and adult supervision make non-powder gun activities much safer for children. If you can't resist the Ralphies in your life, buy protective eyewear." A new report from the AAO shows the number of serious injuries such as blindness due to BB and pellet gun use is increasing at an "alarming rate." The study, published in Ophthalmology Retina, shows the number of injuries due to nonpowder guns has increased 170% over the last 23 years. The organization is reminding parents, families and all those purchasing toy guns to also purchase protective eyewear and take extra precautions. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Ο εναλλακτικός τρόπος για να έχεις καινούργιο χαλί

Τα χαλιά που υπάρχουν στις εισόδους και σε εξωτερικούς χώρους κτιρίων ξεθωριάζουν όταν τα χτυπάνε πολύ οι ακτίνες του ήλιου. Δείτε, έναν από τους τρόπους που καθαρίζουν τις... καμένες άκρες «ξυρίζοντάς» τα με ένα ειδικό εργαλείο. [embedded content] ΚΑΝΤΕ LIKE ΣΤΟ NEWSBEAST.GR Let's block ads! (Why?)

NIOSH Develops Tools to Help Identify and Assess Areas of Dampness and Mold

NIOSH Develops Tools to Help Identify and Assess Areas of Dampness and Mold Dampness can promote the growth of mold, bacteria, fungi, and insects. Workers and others in damp buildings can be exposed to airborne pollutants from biological contaminants and the breakdown of building materials. Dec 18, 2018 NIOSH has developed and released the Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool to help employers identify and assess areas of dampness in both general buildings and school buildings. “Implementing regular visual inspections for dampness can help to identify trouble areas before they become major problems and help to prioritize maintenance and repair,” said David Weissman, M.D., director of NIOSH’s Respiratory Health Division. “The Dampness and Mold Assessment Tools provide an inexpensive mechanism to investigate, record, and compare conditions over time.” Nonindustrial buildings like offices and schools can develop moisture and dampness problems from roofs and window leaks, high indoor humidity, and flooding events, among other factors. Dampness can promote the growth of mold, bacteria, fungi, and insects. Workers and others in damp buildings can be exposed to airborne pollutants from biological contaminants and the breakdown of building materials. According to NIOSH, research has shown that exposure to building dampness and mold are associated with a number of health problems, including: Respiratory symptoms (such as in the nose, throat, or lungs) Development or worsening of asthma Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (a rare lung disease in which lungs become inflamed as an allergic reaction to inhaled bacteria, fungi, organic dusts, and chemicals) Respiratory infections Allergic rhinitis (often called “hay fever”) Bronchitis Eczema The Dampness and Mold Assessment Tools provide a guide for users to assess all rooms for areas of dampness and mold and identifying the source(s) of the dampness and mold. The tools include a checklist and instructions for assessing and recording any damage found and for tracking conditions over time. Workers who suspect their health problems are related to exposure to building-related dampness or mold should report new, persistent, or worsening symptoms to their personal doctor and to a designated individual at their workplace per their employer. Let's block ads! (Why?)

HELP Chairman Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2020

HELP Chairman Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2020 U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will not seek re-election to the Senate in 2020, according to a statement he released Dec. 17. Dec 18, 2018 U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who chairs the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, announced Dec. 17 that he will not seek re-election to the Senate in 2020. "I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate in 2020," Alexander said. "The people of Tennessee have been very generous, electing me to serve more combined years as Governor and Senator than anyone else from our state. I am deeply grateful, but now it is time for someone else to have that privilege." Alexander serves as chairman of the HELP Committee, which has oversight over OSHA and the Department of Labor. During his time as chairman, he has reported 45 bills that became law. In 2018, he authored the Opioid Crisis Response Act, which was signed into law in October 2018. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam released this statement about the senator following his announcement: "It is almost impossible to measure the impact of Lamar Alexander’s commitment to Tennessee. His time as governor paved the way for the economic position we enjoy today as a leading state for business, and his educational reforms were ahead of his time. As a senator, he has distinguished himself as a national leader, while always reminding everyone that our founders designed our government for most of the power to be delegated to the states. No one has served our state longer as a governor and senator, and few, if any, have served it better than Lamar." Let's block ads! (Why?)

OSHA Renews Charter of its Maritime Advisory Committee

OSHA Renews Charter of its Maritime Advisory Committee MACOSH is made up of 15 representative members appointed by the secretary from multiple segments of the maritime industry (such as shipyard, commercial fishing, and long shoring) and representing multiple views and interests, such as management, safety and health professional organizations, and labor. Dec 18, 2018 OSHA is renewing the charter of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, according to a Federal Register notice dated Dec. 14. The Secretary of Labor is renewing the MACOSH charter after consultation with the General Services Administration and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). MACOSH is made up of 15 representative members appointed by the secretary from multiple segments of the maritime industry (such as shipyard, commercial fishing, and long shoring) and representing multiple views and interests, such as management, safety and health professional organizations, and labor. The term of the most recent MACOSH membership expired on Jan. 20, 2018, and OSHA accepted nominations for new members through Dec. 10, 2018. According to the MACOSH website, its objective is to advise the Secretary and address the concerns of the maritime community on issues relevant to the safety and health of maritime industry workers, focusing primarily on the shipbuilding, shipbreaking, ship repair, commercial fishing, longshoring, and marine terminal industries. The Committee will function solely as an advisory body in compliance with FACA and OSHA regulations, the notice said. It also said that OSHA will publish a list of MACOSH members in the Federal Register. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Use of sampling devices that meet the ISO/CEN particle-size-selective criteria for respirable crystalline silica sampling

December 18, 2017Ms. Brenda Finter, CIH, CSPB2 Environmental4503 S 90th StreetOmaha, Nebraska 68154 Dear Ms. Finter: Thank you for your August 16, 2017, letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Your letter was referred to OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs for a response. You have a question related to the acceptability of a sampler not specifically identified in OSHA's new Respirable Crystalline Silica standards. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation only of the requirements discussed and may not be applicable to any question not delineated within your original correspondence. Your paraphrased question and our response are below. Background: You state that the new Respirable Crystalline Silica standards specifically identify cyclones as acceptable particle-size-selective samplers, but do not mention if impactors can also be used for sampling for respirable crystalline silica. You have included the specifications for a commercially available parallel particle impactor (PPI) that you are interested in using to sample for respirable crystalline silica. Question: If a selective-size sampler meets the ISO standard, 7708:1995: Air Quality – Particle Size Fraction Definitions for Health-Related Sampling, but is not mentioned as an acceptable sampler in Appendix A of the Respirable Crystalline Silica standards, is it acceptable to use it for respirable crystalline silica sampling? Response: Yes. The silica standards, 29 CFR 1910.1053 and 29 CFR 1926.1153, define respirable crystalline silica as "quartz, cristobalite, and/or tridymite contained in airborne particles that are determined to be respirable by a sampling device designed to meet the characteristics for respirable-particle-size-selective samplers specified in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 7708:1995: Air Quality – Particle Size Fraction Definitions for Health-Related Sampling." In its final rule for respirable crystalline silica, OSHA noted that, in addition to cyclone samplers, personal impactors are available for use at flow rates from 2 to 8 L/min that have been shown to conform closely to the ISO/CEN convention (81 FR 16439, March 25, 2016). Therefore, a PPI or any sampling device that meets the ISO/CEN particle-size-selective criteria for respirable dust samplers would be acceptable for respirable crystalline silica sampling by employers, even if it is not mentioned as an acceptable sampler in Appendix A to the silica standards. The employer must also maintain an accurate record of all exposure measurements taken to assess employee exposure to respirable crystalline silica, which must include information on the sampling and analytical methods used, and the identity of the laboratory that performed the analysis, as required under 29 CFR 1910.1053(k)(1) and 29 CFR 1926.1153(j)(1). With regard to the specific PPI model that you have mentioned in your letter, note that OSHA does not approve or endorse products or equipment. Thank you for your interest in occupational safety and health. We hope you find this information helpful. OSHA's requirements are set by statute, standards, and regulations. Our letters of interpretation do not create new or additional requirements but rather explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. From time to time, letters are affected when the Agency updates a standard, a legal decision impacts a standard, or changes in technology affect the interpretation. To assure that you are using the correct information and guidance, please consult OSHA's website at www.osha.gov. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Health Enforcement at (202) 693-2190. Sincerely, Thomas Galassi, DirectorDirectorate of Enforcement Programs Let's block ads! (Why?)

Γυναίκα προσπαθεί να βάλει καύσιμα σε ηλεκτρικό αυτοκίνητο

Σκηνές απείρου κάλλους εκτυλίχθηκαν σε ένα βενζινάδικο, με μια νέα γυναίκα να προσπαθεί κρατώντας την αντλία στο χέρι να βάλει καύσιμα στο ηλεκτρικό της αυτοκίνητο! Επί τρία λεπτά η κοπέλα ψάχνει να βρει που βρίσκεται η υποδοχή της αντλίας καυσίμου στο Tesla Model S. Προφανώς δεν έχει ιδέα ότι το αυτοκίνητο που οδηγεί είναι αμιγώς ηλεκτρικό. Κάποια στιγμή απηυδησμένη παίρνει το κινητό της τηλέφωνο και προσπαθεί να επικοινωνήσει με κάποιον δικό της προφανώς για να της λύσει την απορία. Είναι η στιγμή που ένας επιβάτης από το όχημα που περιμένει ακριβώς πίσω της για να βάλει καύσιμα, κατεβαίνει και της εξηγεί πως το αυτοκίνητό της είναι ηλεκτρικό και πως δεν παίρνει καύσιμα. Εκείνη γελάει προφανώς από αμηχανία και στη συνέχεια επιστρέφει στο αυτοκίνητο για να φύγει. Το όλο περιστατικό καταγράφηκε σε βίντεο το οποίο δημοσιεύτηκε στο youtube την Κυριακή 16/12. Μέσα σε ένα 24ωρο μετρά περισσότερες από 260.000 προβολές, ενώ έχει συγκεντρώσει εκατοντάδες σχόλια. «Παρακαλώ πείτε μου πως είναι ψέμα. Πόνεσαν τα μάτια μου και η καρδιά μου», έγραψε ένας. «Πώς αποφάσισε ότι το αυτοκίνητο χρειαζόταν καύσιμα;», αναρωτιέται κάποιος άλλος. «Νομίζω ότι ο πωλητής ξέχασε να αναφέρει μια μικρή λεπτομέρεια για τα αμιγώς ηλεκτρικά αυτοκίνητα», σημειώνει κάποιος άλλος. «Θα έλεγα πως είναι σκηνοθετημένο, αλλά με τόση ανοησία που υπάρχει στον κόσμο... Μπορώ να ελπίζω μόνο ότι είναι ψεύτικο... Ειδάλλως θα είμαι ο πρώτος που θα πετάξει για τον Άρη», σχολιάζει κάποιος άλλος. Υπάρχουν και κάποιοι που πιστεύουν πως το βίντεο είναι ψεύτικο και πως η πρωταγωνίστρια απλά προσποιείται ότι δεν γνωρίζει πως το αυτοκίνητό της είναι ηλεκτρικό... [embedded content] ΚΑΝΤΕ LIKE ΣΤΟ NEWSBEAST.GR Let's block ads! (Why?)