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EPA Issues Memorial Day Sun Safety Tips

One American dies from skin cancer every hour. It is the most common type of cancer in the United States, where skin cancer affects more than two million people each year, outnumbering the cases of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined.

ASSE Offers Cleanup Tips for Flood-Related Mold

Besides infection and allergic reactions, excessive mold growth indoors can result in offensive, musty odors from the gases released by certain molds as they grow and die.

NIOSH, OSHA Release Heat Stress Prevention Fact Sheet

Heat stroke is a medical emergency that may result in death. Symptoms include confusion, loss of consciousness, seizures, very high body temperature, and hot, dry skin or profuse sweating.

ASSE Offers Campus Fire Prevention Safety Tips

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 3,570 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks in 2003-2006.

OSHA Issues New Injury Prevention Sheet on Shipyard Rigging

Loads that are improperly rigged can expose workers to hazards including falls, electric shock, amputation, and being crushed by objects.

Online NIST Tool Aids Decisions on Fire Sprinkler Systems

For the many states, communities, new-home builders, and prospective buyers now mulling over the pluses and minuses of installing residential fire suppression sprinklers, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a free online tool to help them sort through the costs and benefits of the technology.

MSHA Launches Online Pattern-of-Violations Monitoring Tool

The newly developed tool permits mine operators, miners, the media, and the public to determine, based on the most recent data available, how a specific mine matches up with the criteria for a potential pattern of violations.

Chesar helps registrants complete Chemical Safety Assessments for the different uses of a substance as they prepare Chemical Safety Reports.

EU Agency Releases New Chemical Safety Assessment Tool

The European Chemicals Agency made the 1.1.3 version of Chesar available as a free download on April 6. It allows registrants to create full Chemical Safety Reports.



FDA Launches Consumer-Friendly Web Search

Consumers can now search for food and other product recalls easier and quicker on the Food and Drug Administration's website as search results now provide data from news releases and other recall announcements in the form of a table. That table organizes information from news releases on recalls since 2009 by date, product brand name, product description, reason for the recall and the recalling firm.

Is Sneezing a Sign of a Cold or Allergies?

A runny or stuffy nose and non-stop sneezing can leave you feeling miserable, but is it a cold or are allergies taking a toll? Finding out whether your symptoms are caused by a cold or allergy is the first step to finding relief, according to allergist members of American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Study Finds Drug-Related Poisoning Causes Nearly 700,000 ER Visits a Year

As new visits for drug-related poisoning in the United States continue to rise, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Association of Poison Control Centers are raising awareness about the dangers of drug poisoning as part of Poison Prevention Week (March 20-26).

CPSC Launches Consumer Product Safety Information Database

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently went live with the SaferProducts.gov database mandated by Congress, as part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Consumers are encouraged to submit reports of harm or risks of harm, and to search for safety information on products they own or may be considering buying.

OSHA Issues Cranes and Derricks Guidance for Small Businesses

This guide accompanies other OSHA compliance materials on crane-related topics available on the agency's website including a PowerPoint overview, Web chat transcript, Webinar, and fact sheets.

DOL Releases People with Disabilities Employment Web-based Toolkit

The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has posted an online toolkit comprised of resources to assist federal agencies in recruiting, employing and retaining individuals with disabilities.

ASSE Offers Safety Tips for Winter Driving

In the U.S. each year, approximately 7,000 roadway deaths and 450,000 injuries are associated with poor weather-related driving conditions.

CPSC, USFA Issue Home Heating Safety Alert

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the United States Fire Administration are urging consumers to play it safe as winter weather blankets the United States. According to USFA, home fires spike in winter months. Cooking and home heating are the leading causes of residential building fires during the winter. The risk of fires also increases with the use of supplemental heating, such as space heaters. CPSC estimates that home heating was associated with an average of 33,300 fires and 180 fire deaths per year from 2005 to 2007.

Snowblowers Cause Hundreds of Finger Amputations Each Winter

It's the peak season for snowstorms, and snowblowers are working overtime. But Loyola University Health System hand surgeon Dr. Randy Bindra cautions that snowblowers can cause severe hand injuries, including loss of fingers that can require one or more surgeries and months of rehabilitation.

Physicians Offer Precautions to Avoid Sledding Injuries

According to the most recent U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission statistics, there were 74,000 sledding, snow tubing, and tobogganing-related injuries treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctors' offices, and clinics in 2004. But by taking a few precautions, you can help your children make sure their sledding and snow tubing activities are both thrilling and safe.

Cincinnati Children's Offers Holiday Toy Safety Advice

With the excitement of the holidays, parents and relatives eagerly purchase the hottest toys and latest items for their children. But it's during the hustle and bustle of the season that many fail to buy age appropriate gifts for their children, and they tend to disregard warnings on these toys and gifts to ensure they are safe.

NFPA Offers Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Cooking, decorating, and entertaining present increased fire risks.