EPA seeks out comments to improve chemical facility safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it is seeking comments on how to improve safety at facilities storing potentially dangerous chemicals. The agency said it aims to revise its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations, which may help reduce the fire and explosion hazards posed to emergency personnel and workers.  Continue reading

NIOSH outlines N95 respirator basics

Respiratory health is a major safety focus for businesses in a variety of industries, particularly healthcare and construction. In early September, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) celebrated its second annual N95 Day, which aims to spread awareness about respiratory health and protection among U.S. employers and workers. Continue reading

Tighten infection control procedures to prevent exposure to harmful pathogens

Laboratories containing dangerous pathogens perform crucial research, but they also have the potential to expose workers to infectious or lethal diseases. Employers may want to review and tighten their infection control procedures in light of safety breaches at labs operated by the U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC). Lax safety procedures may have caused workers to be exposed to infectious materials. Continue reading