The process safety management rule review meeting previously scheduled for June 21, 2017 has been canceled.
The authors concluded that farmers are at greater risk of developing COPD, with livestock farmers having the highest risk. Potential responsible exposures include organic dusts, endotoxins, mites, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide.
Source: PubMed abstract
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has released a new bulletin profiling the hazards associated when handling metal tanks and cylinders at scrap metal yards and recycling centers. Pressurized tanks can explode and/or cause fires if punctured, while both pressurized and non-pressurized tanks can release toxic substances. For prevention tips, see the L&I Bulletin.
Washington State L&I has newly established a Crane Safety Stakeholders Group. The initial kick-off meeting will be July 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the L&I Tukwila office.
The next Construction Advisory Committee meeting has been rescheduled to July 19th from 9 a.m. to noon at the L&I Tukwila office.
The next silica stakeholder meeting will be held June 8, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the L&I Tukwila office.
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries recently reported an incident in which a laborer fell 20 feet from a roof, sustaining serious injuries including a fractured spine. L&I encourages employers and employees to take appropriate action to prevent workplace falls. See the L&I website for more detailed information on the incident and preventative actions that should be taken.