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New England States Ammonia Safety Day, Friday October 25, 2019 (Free Tickets)

New England States Ammonia Safety Day, Friday October 25, 2019 (Free Tickets)

Keene State College will host the first New England States Ammonia Safety Day on Friday October 25, 2019. The event is being organized by Ammonia Safety & Training Institute (https://ammonia-safety.com/) and will cover topics such as ·  Strengthen the Tripod: Industry, Government, and Public Safety ·  Value of prevention, protection, and preparedness ·  Understand...
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First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Wisconsin This Year

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Free 4 hour Machinery and Machine Guarding

Free 4 hour Machinery and Machine Guarding

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New Funding Will Help Rural Health Care Providers

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Wisconsin Department of Health Services Receives $1.8 million Grant to Expand Maternal Mortality Review Team Efforts

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Majority of Wisconsin Lung Disease Patients Who Reported Vaping Cite THC Products

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Statewide Effort Aims to Enroll More Families in the WIC Program

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State Health Agency’s New Data Tool Shows a Decline in the Number of Opioid Deaths in Wisconsin

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President’s Challenge 2019

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The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process for Chemical Risk Management

Occupational exposure limits (OELs) play a critical role in protecting workers and emergency response personnel from exposure to dangerous concentrations of hazardous materials . In the absence of an OEL, determining the appropriate controls needed...
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Managed Care Organizations Selected for State Family Care Programs

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that based on results from a recent procurement, Inclusa and Lakeland Care managed care organizations (MCO) have been selected to provide the Family Care program in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, and Shawano counties beginning January 1, 2020. Incumbent managed care organization Care Wisconsin...
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Older Age Groups Now Included in Investigation of Lung Disease Among People Who Reported Vaping

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to investigate cases of people with severe lung disease who all reported recent vaping or dabbing (which is vaping marijuana oils, extracts, or concentrates). While cases in the investigation initially included only teens and young adults, we now have confirmed cases in older age groups. In...
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New Cases Identified in Investigation of Lung Disease Among Teens and Young Adults Who Reported Vaping

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Department of Health Services Shares Coping Tips for People Affected by Recent Storms

Storms don’t only damage property, they can affect your state of mind, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has tips to help people cope with the stress and unexpected changes natural disasters can create. Talk with others who understand how you feel. Don’t isolate yourself. Exercise. Even something simple like stretching or...
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Severe Weather Recovery: Replacement FoodShare Benefits Available Until August 19, 2019 for Many Wisconsin Counties

The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that replacement FoodShare benefits are available for an extended period of time for most of western, northern, and central Wisconsin. DHS requested and received approval from the federal Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to extend the time in which persons affected by the severe weather and...
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The Pistoia Alliance to Develop a Toolkit to Support Implementation of the FAIR Guiding Principles

Boston, 17 July, 2019 – The Pistoia Alliance, a global non-profit that works to lower barriers to innovation in life sciences R&D, today announced the launch of its FAIR Implementation project, backed by pharmaceutical companies including Roche, Astra Zeneca, and Bayer. The first project milestone by the end of 2019 will be the release...
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Russian Titanic released 100 times more radiation in Europe than 2011’s Fukushima disaster.

Russian Titanic released 100 times more radiation in Europe than 2011’s Fukushima disaster.

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Scientists Have Discovered a Sea of Fresh Water Under the Ocean

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Inspirational 2019 UX conference for the life sciences

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Background information and news about AI and ML – for novices and not only

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AI in life sciences still being held back by data issues and skills shortage

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Updated Consolidated List of Lists under EPCRA/CERCLA/CAA 112(r)

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Anesthetic Gas: A Risk for Veterinary Workers

There is increasing evidence that exposure to isoflurane, the anesthetic gas commonly used in veterinary practice, may pose health risks, including nervous or reproductive system harm. A new Workplace Hazard Update, Isoflurane May Harm Veterinary Worker Health (PDF), details how staff are exposed. It also provides guidance for minimizing exposure. A California Department of...
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DOE Releases New Study Highlighting the Untapped Potential of Geothermal Energy in the United States

DOE Releases New Study Highlighting the Untapped Potential of Geothermal Energy in the United States

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In case you forgot…60,000 tons of dangerous radioactive waste still sits on Great Lakes shores

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More than 60,000 tons of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel is stored on the shores of four of the five Great Lakes — in some cases, mere yards from the waterline — in still-growing stockpiles. “It’s actually the most dangerous waste produced by any industry in the history of the Earth,” said Gordon Edwards,...
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Work-Related Asthma in the ER

Work-Related Asthma in the ER

Most people who go to work don’t expect to end up at the emergency room for asthma. According to a Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program (WRAPP) pilot study, an estimated 1 in 4 adults who wound up in the ER for asthma in 2016 were there because of their exposures from work. The study also...
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​EPA to Hold First Meeting of the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals

​EPA to Hold First Meeting of the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will hold the first meeting of the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act), for Pigment Violet 29 (PV29), the first...
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EPA to Propose Revisions to Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule

EPA to Propose Revisions to Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule

(PAINT.ORG), EPA provided notice in the Federal Register that it will be releasing a proposed rule to revise its Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule. The agency said the proposed amendments would support Agency data collection efforts, align reporting with amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by requiring that confidentially claims be substantiated, and make...
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​EPA and federal partners seek public input on draft GLRI Action Plan III

​EPA and federal partners seek public input on draft GLRI Action Plan III

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its federal partners are seeking additional input from the public on developing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan III. The plan will outline priorities and goals for the GLRI for the years 2020-2024. Input will be received until May 24, 2019. Last summer, EPA received...
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CSB Calls on EPA to Update HF Study in Wake of the 2017 Husky Refinery Fire

CSB Calls on EPA to Update HF Study in Wake of the 2017 Husky Refinery Fire

Washington, D.C. April 24, 2019 – Today, the US Chemical Safety Board released a letter calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to review its existing Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) study to determine the effectiveness of existing regulations as well as the viability of utilizing inherently safer alkylation technologies in petroleum refineries. CSB Interim Executive...
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The rise of Candida auris embodies a serious and growing public health threat: drug-resistant germs.

The rise of Candida auris embodies a serious and growing public health threat: drug-resistant germs.

(NewYorkTimes) Last May, an elderly man was admitted to the Brooklyn branch of Mount Sinai Hospital for abdominal surgery. A blood test revealed that he was infected with a newly discovered germ as deadly as it was mysterious. Doctors swiftly isolated him in the intensive care unit. The germ, a fungus called Candida auris,...
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Post Fukushima – 23 countries still have bans on food imports from Japan because of the nuclear incident.

Post Fukushima – 23 countries still have bans on food imports from Japan because of the nuclear incident.

In 2015, the Japanese government filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization. Japan said all the seafood it ships is safe because it meets strict standards on radioactive substances. Japan called South Korea’s actions unfair and discriminatory. A WTO dispute panel supported Japan in February last year and recommended South Korea correct its...
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U.S. Green Building Council Launches LEED v4.1

U.S. Green Building Council Launches LEED v4.1

Source (PAINT.ORG) On April 2,  the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the new version of the LEED green building program – LEED v4.1 – is now available for cities, communities and homes. According to USGBS, LEED v4.1 certification recognizes leadership by emphasizing performance monitoring, fully integrated design, social equity and human health factors. Green...
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