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Unions Push OSHA for Lower Beryllium Exposure Limits Than Proposed Rule Permits

Unionized steelworkers are pushing the federal government to adopt stricter safety standards governing beryllium exposure, arguing that the even a drastic exposure reduction proposed by regulators last year is inadequate in protecting many workers from the highly toxic element. According to the Newport News Daily Press, union officials from the largest Newport News shipyard say even the drastic reduction in exposure limits proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) won’t protect thousands of workers, and advocate for even lower limits and different, safer blasting agents. OSHA has published a notice of proposed rulemaking, calling for public comments on ... Read More

Bill aims to help vets and families harmed by toxic exposure

A bipartisan group of U.S. legislators introduced a new bill April 14 designed to diagnose and treat health conditions and physical impairments in the children and grandchildren of veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their service. The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 calls for the creation of a national center at one of the VA hospitals where doctors can research ways to diagnose and treat the medical issues of descendants of military veterans. Each war has produced veterans exposed to toxins that can, and often do, sicken or impair their children and grandchildren. The proposed bill would ... Read More

Exposure to thirdhand smoke an ‘under-appreciated health risk’

The ill effects of cigarettes have been shown to affect not only smokers but also those exposed to the smoke second hand. New research shows that thirdhand smoke – the invisible remnants of tobacco smoke that clings to surfaces and dust particles – could also be putting several billion people at an “under-appreciated health risk.” Even the most courteous of smokers can be leaving behind tobacco residue that can be dangerous, say researchers from the University of California-Riverside. They reference previous studies that show children living with adults who smoke are absent from school 40 percent more days than children ... Read More

Study finds chemical exposure may have increased cancer rates in IBM employees

Employees at IBM’s Endicott, New York, facility may have been prone to develop certain types of cancer and other disease due to exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and other toxic chemicals in the workplace, according to the results of a government-led statistical analysis. Endicott residents concerned about toxic exposure at IBM pushed for the study, which researchers with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted during a five-year period using $3.1 million in federal funding. The comprehensive analysis examined the health of 34,494 workers who were employed at IBM’s Endicott facility between 1969 and 2001. The study found ... Read More

Nuclear waste leak in Washington much worse than originally feared, officials say

Last week, Washington state officials announced that one of the 177 underground storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the state’s south-central region is leaking radioactive nuclear waste at a rate of 150 to 300 gallons per year, threatening the water table and nearby Columbia River. Further inspections, however, reveal the problem to be much worse. In meetings Friday, Washington governor Jay Inslee learned that six of the tanks containing hundreds of thousands of gallons of radioactive sludge were found to be leaking. Combined, the tanks contain some 53 million gallons of nuclear waste, a byproduct of the federal ... Read More

Nuclear waste leak threatens Washington State’s groundwater, rivers

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and other state officials sounded an alarm Friday over a leaking underground storage tank at south-central Washington’s Hanford nuclear reservation, a former plutonium production facility that is already the nation’s most contaminated nuclear waste site. The leaking tank contains hundreds of thousands of gallons of radioactive nuclear waste and is one of 177 World War II-era tanks at the site designed to last 20 years. Gov. Inslee said that officials estimate the tank could be leaking 150 gallons to 300 gallons of nuclear waste over a year and that the long-term threat to the state’s groundwater ... Read More

FDA warns parents not to put sunscreen on young infants

Most parents know the importance of slathering their kids in sunscreen, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising parents not to put sunscreen on infants younger than 6 months of age. Babies’ skin is thinner than adults’ and children’s and absorbs the active, chemical ingredients in sunscreen easier. Plus, infants have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults, which means they are more sensitive to exposure to the chemicals in sunscreen. Both of these increase their chances of having an allergic reaction or inflammation. The best approach is to keep infants younger than ... Read More

Pregnant women who use SSRIs are less likely to breast feed

Women who take a type of antidepressant known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) during pregnancy are far less likely to breast-feed their babies than women who did not take the medication while pregnant, according to a new study. Researchers with Connecticut Pregnancy Exposure Information Service, a state-funded service that provides women with information about exposures during pregnancy and breast-feeding, pored through data from 466 pregnant women who contacted the CPEIS’ California affiliate over 10 years with questions about a variety of exposures. The results showed that women who took an SSRI at any time during their pregnancy were about ... Read More

Women using Evamist hormone spray should avoid children, pets

Women who use Evamist, an estrogen spray applied to the skin to treat symptoms of menopause, should not come in contact with children or pets because children and pets may experience adverse effects such as nipple swelling from unintentional exposure, according to a new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consumer update. Evamist contains the estrogen hormone estradiol. It is sprayed inside the forearm between the elbow and the wrist. The FDA is currently reviewing reports of adverse events in children and pets who were unintentionally exposed to Evamist, including reports of premature puberty, nipple swelling and breast development in girls ... Read More