November 1, 2013 | Volume 11, Number 21
Final Rule on Electrical Standard Coming Soon
FDA Warns of Fake Online Pharmacies
Save on Year-End Training
PHMSA Updates Guidelines for 'Perishable Hazardous Materials'
Identifying Carcinogens in the Workplace
Final Rule on Electrical Standard
Coming Soon
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to soon be issuing the final rule on electrical standards for construction and general industry, according to Mary Miller, chief administrative officer of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).

The said rule is undergoing review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. It updates and revises the electrical standard for construction and general industry by mandating that work involving transmission and distribution installation have the same standards as those in construction.

Government personnel and electrical industry representatives met in September to discuss the rule. No additional concerns were brought up, but previous concerns – regarding fire-retardant clothing, minimum approach distances, and host employer matters – were stressed. The EEI also hopes that the final rule will integrate provisions found in the 2012 National Electrical Safety Code.

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FDA Warns of Fake Online Pharmacies
As part of a national campaign, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking the public to watch out for fake online pharmacies.

The FDA has devoted a website to help people identify such pharmacies, recognize the risks of getting medicines from them, and look for safer, more reliable providers of their medications.

Risks include expired, prescription-less medicines, which may contain harmful substances.

The FDA site also contains videos and other campaign materials that can help raise awareness.

Visit the website.
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PHMSA Updates Guidelines for 'Perishable Hazardous Materials'
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will be enforcing revised inspection, investigation, and enforcement guidelines for "perishable hazardous materials" starting November 1, 2013, according to the Federal Register.

The changes empower the Department of Transportation (DOT) to:
  • Open packages of perishable hazardous materials
  • Notify the responsible party of the inspection
  • Implement equipment requirements for DOT agents.
An agent of the DOT will only stop or open a package of perishable material once an agent has exhausted appropriate alternatives.

The revisions were made in light of the special characteristics and handling requirements of perishable hazardous materials.

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Identifying Carcinogens in the Workplace
The Institut de recherché Robert-Sauve en santé et sécurité du travail has published Are there carcinogens in your workplace? It's time to act, a brochure that helps safety professionals and organizations prevent cancer in the workplace.

Using the latest research and science, the document helps employees recognize workplace carcinogens and apply preventive measures and best practices to reduce exposure.

Scientists estimate that between three and ten percent of new cancer cases are attributed to exposure to carcinogens at work. 'Occupational cancer is a real risk that is often trivialized,' says the press release, 'partly due to the fact that it may take 10 to 40 years between exposure to a carcinogen and diagnosis of an illness.'

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Volume 11, Number 21
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