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Study Finds Household Dust Loaded With Toxic Chemicals

Researchers analyzing dust collected from homes and other indoor areas throughout the U.S. found that all the dust samples contain a multitude of chemicals linked to cancer and other serious health problems, according to a study published Sept. 14. Furniture, flooring, cleaning products, cosmetics, and even electronics release chemical particles that become airborne and accumulate on floors and other surfaces. These chemicals can enter the body through the air we breathe or by transferring them from surfaces to hands and food to mouth. The 15-year study, which was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, was the first study ... Read More

New Chemical Safety Law establishes risk-based standards

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed a new chemical safety law that will amend America’s primary chemicals law. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act will forever change the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and the evaluation of chemicals as we know it. This new act mandates the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) be responsible for evaluating existing chemicals with a new risk-based safety standard. The act will also set up better public “transparency” for chemical information and provides steady funding for the EPA to carry out its new requirements. Until June, the TSCA had never been ... Read More

Apple Removes Benzene from Assembly Process

Apple was the focus of concern due to its use of specific chemicals in its manufacturing process, particularly benzene and n-hexane. Benzene is a clear, colorless liquid with an odor similar to gasoline. Workers in oil refineries, chemical plants, and foundries can be exposed to high levels of the chemical. It is highly flammable, and is a chemical to which we’re exposed on a daily basis through gasoline and car exhaust. Although it evaporates easily, it can still be inhaled through vapors and can be absorbed through the skin. Long-term exposure to benzene even in low concentrations is linked to serious blood disorders, anemia, leukemia and other ... Read More

Workplace Chemical Exposure is Eighth Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), more than 40,000 deaths happen each year due to chemical exposure at the workplace, making it the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S. In May of last year, PEER opened a Worker Right-to-Know website that will help people learn about chemical exposure based on the past 30 years of Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) readings. The website gives workers a guide to awareness and safety regarding workers’ health. Chemical exposures on the job eventually can cause cancer, neurological damage or breakdown, cardiopulmonary disease, and other chronic issues such as the “popcorn ... Read More

Lake Compounce amusement park cited more than $70K by OSHA for 18 “serious” violations

After finding it exposed employees to various chemicals and carcinogens, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Lake Compounce amusement park of Bristol, Conn., more than $70,000 in proposed penalties for 18 “serious” violations. According to NBC Connecticut, OSHA inspected Lake Compounce recently only to find that workers were regularly exposed to hazardous chemicals – all posing chemical, respiratory and burn risks. OSHA found Lake Compounce employees were asked to spray paint new coatings on park equipment, as well as work with unsafe chemicals in the amusement park’s paint room, all without proper chemical training or eye and ... Read More