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Another Wisconsin County Added to the List with Confirmed Cases of Severe Bleeding Linked to Synthetic Cannabinoids

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#HopeActLiveWI: Wisconsin Awarded Nearly $24 Million to Fight Opioid Epidemic

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Consumer Reports’ testing shows concerning levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead in many popular baby and toddler foods

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ConsumerReports: A recent study in the journal Lancet Public Health suggests that low levels of lead from food and other sources contribute to about 400,000 deaths each year, more than half of them from cardiovascular disease. Getting too much methylmercury can cause nerve damage, muscle weakness, lack of coordination, and impaired vision and hearing....
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New Tool Measures Effectiveness of Workplace Safety and Health Programs

New Tool Measures Effectiveness of Workplace Safety and Health Programs

NIOSH: As more organizations offer increasingly comprehensive programs for workplace safety and health, researchers and organizations alike look for the best examples and tools to measure their effectiveness. With so many programs available, how do organizations know which one is best? Through a NIOSH-funded study at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, scientists...
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Job Design Linked to Participation in Workplace Wellness Programs

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NIOSH: Workplace wellness programs often offer an array of health-improvement activities, including courses to quit smoking, exercise or physical fitness classes, nutrition or stress management education, and ergonomic testing of work conditions and equipment. In 2017, 39% of private industry workers and 63% of state and local government workers had access to such programs,...
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Exposure to Flame Retardants in Foam Found among Gymnastics Coaches

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NIOSH: Controlled Fire Study Finds High Levels of Airborne Chemicals

NIOSH: Controlled Fire Study Finds High Levels of Airborne Chemicals

NIOSH: What do plastic, polyester, and foam have in common? They are synthetic materials found throughout most modern homes in everything from toys to furniture to appliances. Unlike wood, cotton, and other natural materials, synthetic mat­erials are made in laboratories through chemical processes. During a fire, these chemicals can burn hotter and faster, and produce...
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Banned or severely restricted drugs appearing in the U.S. meat supply more often than was previously known.

ConsumerReports: Ketamine, a hallucinogenic party drug and experimental antidepressant. Phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory deemed too risky for human use. Chloramphenicol, a powerful antibiotic linked to potentially deadly anemia. All these drugs are prohibited in beef, poultry, and pork consumed in the U.S. Yet government data obtained by Consumer Reports suggest that trace amounts of these...
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EPA Meets Important TSCA Milestone by Finalizing Last of Four Chemical Safety Framework Rules

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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final fees rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), ensuring that resources are available to the Agency to complete chemical reviews and actions in a timely, transparent manner while maintaining high scientific standards. “With today’s action EPA has once again met another important milestone...
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Delaware to Distribute Potassium Iodide (KI) Tablets in a program initiated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Delaware to Distribute Potassium Iodide (KI) Tablets in a program initiated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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The bill, co-written by Congresswoman Susan Brooks, would streamline the process how hospitals gets money to treat those who have contracted diseases such as Ebola.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Streamlining how hospitals and the Centers for Disease Control handle terror attacks, natural disasters and disease outbreaks would be made possible through a bill that has passed the U.S. House and co-written by Indiana Congresswoman Susan Brooks. The Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018 (PAHPA) would...
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More Cases of Severe Bleeding in Wisconsin Linked to Synthetic Cannabinoids

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has confirmed 16 additional cases of severe bleeding caused by the use of synthetic cannabinoids containing rat poison. That brings the total number of people affected in this outbreak to 80. The counties with confirmed cases include Dane, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Rock, and now Fond du Lac. These...
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State, Counties, Tribes Commit to Transformation of Behavioral Health System for Children

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Staying Emotionally Healthy When Disaster Strikes

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If Data is the currency of AI, are we doing enough around data quality?

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President’s Startup Challenge – Deadline extended until Friday 7 September

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Monocl Supporting this year’s President’s Startup Challenge

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(NIRS) Washington DC – Citing concerns about “national security” and “grid reliability,” the Trump Administration is weighing options for subsidizing and preventing the closure of environmentally polluting nuclear and coal plants made uneconomic by growing competition from renewable energy and natural gas. However, an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of recent data from the...
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WHMIS 2015: We’re Almost There!

WHMIS 2015: We’re Almost There!

The multi-year WHMIS 2015 transition is getting closer to the deadline.  Now it’s not too late to make sure that employers and workers are up to speed with courses and information to help them understand the system. Remaining Transition Phases Phase 2 From June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018 Distributors can continue to...
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ChemTRAC: Pollution prevention in the GTA

Source: CollisionRepairMag.com, 8/21/18. The automotive refinishing sector within the Greater Toronto Area has experienced challenges in diverging from traditional practices and in identifying key priority chemicals used in the industry. To address these continued challenges, Toronto Public Health collaborated with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to promote the ChemTRAC pollution prevention (P2) program....
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HELM is now a FAIR standard

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#HaveYourSay On the Prevention of Harassment and Violence in the Workplace

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he Government of Canada made a commitment to Canadians through Bill C-65 to help ensure that federally regulated workplaces, including Parliament Hill, are free from harassment and violence. On July 24th, 2018, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, invited Canadians to voice their opinion on the proposed regulatory framework to...
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EPA Facts and Figures Report available and A to Z Directory!

EPA Facts and Figures Report available and A to Z Directory!

Data Update to Facts and Figures Website and Fact Sheet   EPA has released its most recent Facts and Figures data on national municipal solid waste (MSW), which is for the year 2015. EPA published these data on its Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling website and in a summary fact sheet,...
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EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposal to Reconsider RMP Rule Amendments

EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposal to Reconsider RMP Rule Amendments

PAINT.ORG – On July 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a notice of data availability and extension of the comment period for its May 30 proposed rule to reconsider the final Risk Management Program (RMP) amendments. The extension follows an inquiry from nonprofit EarthJustice, which questions 2017 RMP data that EPA collected from industrial...
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Energy Department Releases Request for Information on Multi-Sector Uses of Hydrogen

Energy Department Releases Request for Information on Multi-Sector Uses of Hydrogen

DOE –  today’s H2@Scale project kickoff meeting in Chicago, EERE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Steven Chalk announced the release of a request for information (RFI) soliciting stakeholder feedback on opportunities to enable high volume production and multi-sector use of hydrogen. Hydrogen is an energy carrier and a feedstock used in industrial applications today including petroleum refining, ammonia production...
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Senate Passes Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018

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CARB investigation leads to nationwide recall of 500,000+ Cummins heavy-duty trucks

CARB investigation leads to nationwide recall of 500,000+ Cummins heavy-duty trucks

Owners of 2010–2015 model-year vehicles must replace faulty emissions components SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board announced today that 500,000 heavy-duty trucks manufactured by Cummins Inc. will be recalled due to excess emissions caused by defective catalysts. Cummins worked collaboratively with CARB on the voluntary recall which constitutes the largest such effort for...
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California Wine Is Testing Positive for Radioactive Material from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

California Wine Is Testing Positive for Radioactive Material from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

ESQUIRE: French scientists just released a study that found trace amounts of radioactive material in California wines from 2011 that are a direct result of Fukushima—in case you had a taste for some slight radiation along with those tannins. The scientists vaporized bottles of California cabernet and rosé from 2009 to 2012 and studied the ashes...
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Regulate to reduce chemical mixture risk

Source: Science, 7/20/18. Humans and wildlife are continuously exposed to multiple chemicals from different sources and via different routes, both simultaneously and in sequence. Scientific evidence for heightened toxicity from such mixtures is mounting, yet regulation is lagging behind. Ensuring appropriate regulation of chemical mixture risks will require stronger legal stimuli as well as...
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DHS Announces New Grants to Support Access to Health Care in Rural Areas

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced the recipients of grants totaling more than $300,000 to help rural health care providers increase the number of physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses. The grants support the development of eight training sites and will help ensure access to quality health care in rural...
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