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March FoodShare Benefits will be Available March 1

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that funding for March FoodShare benefits is available. FoodShare members will see their benefits on their QUEST cards, and be able to use them, on March 1, 2019. Due to the recent federal government shutdown, February FoodShare benefits were issued early to members, on January...
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HELM Test Set now released

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New HHS-sponsored research provides new tool and updated guidance on mass chemical decontamination

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More than a million first responders and emergency managers in the United States now have ascience-based chemical decontamination decision tool and updated guidance on how best to decontaminate a massive number of people after chemical exposure. The decision-support tool and guidance, as well as the scientific studies on which they are based, were completed under a contract between...
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EPA Releases First Major Update to Chemicals List in 40 Years

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The Department of Health Services Receives another Temporary Extension of the SeniorCare Program

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Additional Government Benefits Call Centers Closed Due to Winter Storm

After Governor Tony Evers issued a state of emergency for Wisconsin because of severe weather, more counties continue to do the same. This means some Wisconsin Income Maintenance Call Centers and agencies may be closed throughout the week, impacting the flow of information about BadgerCare Plus, FoodShare, Medicaid, and Wisconsin Shares benefits. People will...
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Winter Storm Causing Some Government Benefits Call Center Closures

In response to the ongoing winter weather and dangerously cold temperatures, Governor Tony Evers has issued a state of emergency for Wisconsin, and several counties are doing the same. This means some Wisconsin Income Maintenance Call Centers and agencies may be closed throughout the week, impacting the flow of information about BadgerCare Plus, FoodShare,...
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Take Precautions Against Extreme Cold

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) wants everyone to take precautions as dangerously cold temperatures blanket the state . The National Weather Service is forecasting the coldest periods will begin late Thursday, January 24, and continue into Saturday morning, January 26. Wind chill readings of 25 to 40 below zero will be possible...
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Pistoia Alliance launches next phase of blockchain project

The Pistoia Alliance Launches Next Phase of Blockchain Project to Develop Life Science R&D Use Cases   Industry workshop will unlock blockchain’s potential in data identity, data integrity and data sharing   Boston, 6th February, 2019 – The Pistoia Alliance, a global, not-for-profit alliance that works to lower barriers to innovation in life sciences...
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OSHA Signs Charter for Working Group to Improve Chemical Facility Security and Safety

OSHA Signs Charter for Working Group to Improve Chemical Facility Security and Safety

The Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency recently created and signed the Chemical Facility Security and Safety Working Group Charter. The working group, which includes other federal agency representatives, was established by an Executive Order in response to several chemical facility catastrophes. The charter reaffirms the group’s commitment to work...
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New FAQs Available on Controlling Silica in General Industry

New FAQs Available on Controlling Silica in General Industry

OSHA posted new frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry. OSHA developed the FAQs in consultation with industry and union stakeholders to provide guidance to employers and workers on the standard’s requirements, including exposure assessments, regulated areas, methods of compliance, and communicating silica hazards to workers. Visit OSHA’s silica standard...
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OSHA Issues Final Rule to Protect Privacy of Workers

OSHA Issues Final Rule to Protect Privacy of Workers

OSHA has issued a final rule that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to submit information electronically from OSHA forms 300 and 301 to OSHA each year. These establishments are still required to submit information electronically from OSHA Form 300A. The final rule helps avoid the risk of publicly disclosing sensitive employee...
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House Passes 2-year Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Reauthorization Bill, Senate to take up Bill

House Passes 2-year Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Reauthorization Bill, Senate to take up Bill

(paint.org) On Jan. 8, a bill to reauthorize for two years the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 414-3 vote. H.R. 251.  Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act, will now be taken up by the Senate, where...
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OSHA Proposes Revised Beryllium Standard for General Industry

OSHA Proposes Revised Beryllium Standard for General Industry

OSHA issued a proposed rule on Dec. 10 to revise the beryllium standard for general industry. The proposed changes are designed to clarify the safety standard and improve compliance. The proposed rule would amend selected paragraphs of the standard, and also replace Appendix A, Operations for Establishing Beryllium Work Areas. Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted...
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751 viewsDec 20, 2018, 01:54pm ‘Groundhog Day’ Work Fatalities: How They Died In 2017 Tells Us How To Survive In 2019

(Forbes)The “employee experience,” as we’re currently branding it, covers a lot of ground. Individualization, compensation, work/life balance, company mission, leadership transparency, recognition, teamwork, accomplishment – all these are essential components of the unwritten social contract employers have with their workers. But there’s one aspect that outranks them all: safety. When life or limb are...
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Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure

Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure

The Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure (Action Plan) is a blueprint for reducing lead exposure and associated harms through collaboration among federal agencies and with a range of stakeholders, including states, tribes and local communities, along with businesses, property owners and parents. The Action Plan will help federal agencies work strategically...
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The Pistoia Alliance Announces Major Milestone in Unified Data Model Project to Promote Life Sciences Collaboration 

Collaborative, member-driven project funded by Biovia, Elsevier, GSK, Novartis and Roche will enable data sharing to accelerate innovation  Boston, 27… The post The Pistoia Alliance Announces Major Milestone in Unified Data Model Project to Promote Life Sciences Collaboration  appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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US Conference 2018 – Lab of the Future Breakout

At our lab of the future breakout session, we explored two cases: Enhancing the laboratory for scientists through real time … The post US Conference 2018 – Lab of the Future Breakout appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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Blockchain Bootcamp – Boston 2018

To further progress the Alliance’s commitment to deliver more “education” on blockchain technology, a theme that came out so strongly … The post Blockchain Bootcamp – Boston 2018 appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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Pistoia Alliance US Conference Report 2018

    The Pistoia Alliance Annual USA Conference 2018 was our largest and most ambitious conference yet. Attendance of over … The post Pistoia Alliance US Conference Report 2018 appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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AbVance Update – Q4 2018

Pistoia Alliance AbVance: focus on improving antibody modelling for drug discovery. Seeking additional partners for EU funding proposal. Our initial … The post AbVance Update – Q4 2018 appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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AI Centre of Excellence Workshop – Boston Oct 2018

                This month at Pistoia Alliance’s Centre of Excellence for AI/ML in Life … The post AI Centre of Excellence Workshop – Boston Oct 2018 appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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Podcasts: Carbon Monoxide: Odorless, Colourless, and Deadly

This month’s  Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safet podcasts include Carbon Monoxide: Odorless, Colourless, and Deadly and an enore presentation of Slips, Trips, and Falls: Preventing Workplace Injuries. Feature Podcast: Carbon Monoxide: Odorless, Colourless, and Deadly Every year in Canada, hundreds of workers experience carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Many survive, but others are not...
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CDC Warns of Exotic Tick Spreading Across the U.S.

CDC Warns of Exotic Tick Spreading Across the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control announced Thursday that the Asian longhorned tick—a species that mysteriously traveled thousands of miles across the globe before it was discovered in the fur of a New Jersey sheep in 2017—has now spread to nine states on the eastern half of the country. As The Daily Beast previously reported,...
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Make sure your home is fire safe for the holidays — safety tips from ReadyWisconsin

Make sure your home is fire safe for the holidays — safety tips from ReadyWisconsin

ReadyWisconsin — As families decorate their homes for the holiday season,  keep fire safety in mind. “Decorations can help to brighten up the holidays for many people, but it’s important to make sure they are installed correctly so they don’t become a hazard to your safety or your home,” urged Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian...
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Adult Smoking Hits a New Low in Wisconsin

Adult Smoking Hits a New Low in Wisconsin

Work still needed to reduce tobacco use among some groups New data show that statewide efforts to reduce smoking rates are paying off, with the state’s smoking rate falling to 16% in 2017 after several years at 17%, according to the Department of Health Services’ Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey (BRFSS). One of...
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New Map Shows Why Some People Flee Their Native Countries

A new map by the University of Cincinnati illustrates one motivating force behind migrant caravans leaving Guatemala and Honduras to reach the United States. UC geography professor Tomasz Stepinski created the new world map showing dramatic changes in land use over the last quarter century. Stepinski, a professor in UC’s McMicken College of Arts and...
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Effects of suspected radiation exposure seen in Fukushima wild monkeys: researchers

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Severe working conditions in Bolivian mines, Including Children

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EPA Watchdog Questions Safety of Sewage Used as Fertilizer

EPA Watchdog Questions Safety of Sewage Used as Fertilizer

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Changing World of Work at Forum 2019

Changing World of Work at Forum 2019

The world of work is experiencing rapid, constant change, bringing with it new and emerging health and safety challenges. Join us for two days of inspiration, innovations and discussion featuring an exciting roster of world-class speakers at CCOHS’ Forum on The Changing World of Work on March 5-6, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.   Don’t miss out...
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Podcasts: Scent Sensitivities in the Workplace by CCOHS

Feature Podcast: Scent Sensitivities in the Workplace Help your co-workers to breathe easy by maintaining a fragrance-free workplace. This podcast discusses the issues of scents sensitivities in the workplace and provides information on how fragrances can impact the health of your co-workers. The podcast runs 4:13 minutes.  Listen to the podcast now. Encore Podcast: Recognizing...
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As you turn back the clocks check your carbon monoxide detectors.

As you turn back the clocks check your carbon monoxide detectors.

ReadyWisconsin— As you turn back the clocks around your home this weekend, take advantage of the time change to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. “Those devices can be essential to alerting you to a fire or carbon monoxide leak in your home, so it’s important to regularly check them...
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Free Webinar – The Top NFPA 70E 2018 Changes Worth Discussing

November 08, 20182:00pm EST Electrical equipment and electrical safety devices are constantly being changed and improved, hence why your electrical safety program must address those changes. The NFPA 70E Committee addresses these changes and updates the standard every three years as part of keeping up with current technology and safety concerns. This is a...
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WWF report reveals a 60% decline in wildlife populations since 1970

WWF report reveals a 60% decline in wildlife populations since 1970

  The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has released its latest Living Planet Report, an assessment of the health of our planet, and paints a rather grim picture of the damage caused by humanity’s growing footprint on Earth. .. Continue Reading WWF report reveals a 60% decline in wildlife populations since 1970
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Fact sheet outlines questions for employers to consider before making naloxone available at work

Fact sheet outlines questions for employers to consider before making naloxone available at work

WASHINGTON – Opioid misuse and overdose deaths are a public health crisis affecting the nation, including workplaces. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces a new resource for employers and workers dealing with the opioid crisis. The new factsheet, Using Naloxone to...
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CSB Releases “Call to Action” on Combustible Dust Hazards

CSB Releases “Call to Action” on Combustible Dust Hazards

From: DCHAS Membership Chair    Washington, D.C., October 24, 2018 –  the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, as part of its investigation into the May 2017 Didion Mill explosion, issued “Call to Action: Combustible Dust” to gather comments on the management and control of combustible dust from companies, regulators, inspectors, safety training providers, researchers, unions, and the...
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EPA Webcast: Building Resilience in Partnership with Vulnerable Communities

EPA Webcast: Building Resilience in Partnership with Vulnerable Communities

A Watershed Academy Webcast The ability of a community to respond, recover, and bounce back from increased risk to local waters from extreme weather and natural disasters is not equally distributed. Environmental justice recognizes that some communities experience higher exposure to local water pollution and degraded local waterways on top of other social factors...
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#HopeActLiveWI: Wisconsin Awarded Nearly $3 Million to Combat Opioid Epidemic

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today it has received $2.8 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue the fight against the state’s opioid epidemic . The funds will be used to enhance and strengthen opioid public health prevention efforts in Wisconsin. One million dollars of the...
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Another Wisconsin County Added to the List with Confirmed Cases of Severe Bleeding Linked to Synthetic Cannabinoids

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that Racine County now has a confirmed case of severe bleeding linked to synthetic cannabinoids tainted with rat poison. There are now 67 confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 16 probable cases. Other counties with confirmed cases are Dane, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Outagamie, and Rock....
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#HopeActLiveWI: Wisconsin Awarded Nearly $24 Million to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced this week the state has been awarded a two-year federal grant totaling nearly $24 million to support a comprehensive response to Wisconsin’s opioid crisis . The funding is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response grant program. “We will...
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DHS Wants Wisconsin to Avoid a Serious, Deadly Flu Season This Year

With a new flu season fast approaching , health officials are reminding people of the toll last year’s season took on Wisconsin residents, and encouraging everyone to get a flu shot to protect their families, communities, and themselves. “The dangers of the flu are real, especially for the very young, for older adults, and...
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The Pistoia Alliance Calls for Greater Collaboration to Realise Benefits of Innovation and Announces Winners of the 2018 President’s Startup Challenge

Solutions in data management and breast cancer diagnosis are awarded for innovation while attendees discuss ways to help translate startup … The post The Pistoia Alliance Calls for Greater Collaboration to Realise Benefits of Innovation and Announces Winners of the 2018 President’s Startup Challenge appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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More Than Half of Life Science Organisations Already Using or Experimenting with Blockchain, up from Less Than a Quarter in 2017

While adoption of blockchain is on the rise, lack of skilled staff is hampering its development in the life science … The post More Than Half of Life Science Organisations Already Using or Experimenting with Blockchain, up from Less Than a Quarter in 2017 appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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President’s Challenge 2018 – Finalists Announced

We are delighted to announce the 5 finalists for the Pistoia Alliance President’s Startup Challenge 2018. This year we … The post President’s Challenge 2018 – Finalists Announced appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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Farewell to the GREAT Gary Greenberg…he will be missed.

Farewell to the GREAT Gary Greenberg…he will be missed.

I am sad to announce that Gary Greenberg, has passed away.  Gary has been a part of Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics since the early 90’s. I can not speak highly enough of Mr. Greenberg as a person. He gave his all to help others…what more could this world ask. Gary Greenberg, MD.  was...
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Canada is “High”….giving employers impossible enforcement task with impaired workforce

Canada is “High”….giving employers impossible enforcement task with impaired workforce

On Tuesday morning, WorkSafeBC sent out a news release reminding employers that they must not allow anyone who is impaired to do work that could endanger a co-worker or anyone else. Great advice. But how does an employer do that when there is no good test for impairment and  “Health Canada says that in...
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EPA ” found dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside than outside

EPA ” found dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside than outside

EPA’s Office of Research and Development’s “Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) Study” found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas. TEAM studies indicated that while people are using products...
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U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes.

U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes.

Phys.Org: A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon. In an opinion paper published Thursday in the journal Science, the authors say the U.S. needs to...
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For the famed chimps of Gombe, human encroachment takes a toll

GOMBE, Tanzania — On the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, 16 kilometers (10 miles) north of the town of Kigoma in Tanzania, lies the green, dense forest of Gombe...
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Eucalyptus plantations in southern India that were abandoned and left to recover for nearly 40 years are still far from resembling the primary forest surrounding them, a new study...
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Scientists have long wondered why zebras wear striped coats — none other than Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin are known to have debated the question well over a...
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“An iceberg roughly twice the size of New York City is set to break away from an Antarctic ice shelf as a result of a rapidly spreading rift that...
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Evidence For Man-Made Global Warming Hits ‘Gold Standard’: Scientists

“Evidence for man-made global warming has reached a “gold standard” level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures, scientists said on Monday.” Climate...
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“Security footage shows an EPA security guard push an Associated Press reporter out of the agency’s headquarters last year.” Environmental Health Environmental Politics Journalism & Media Laws & Regulations...
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“House Democrats are demanding an explanation from the Trump administration for the hundreds of times the Interior Department has allowed energy companies to deviate from a key offshore drilling...
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