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Protecting Nail Salon Workers

Categories: Chemicals, Ergonomics, Service Sector, Women

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Last week, the New York Times published a two-part series highlighting what it characterized as exploitative employment practices and unsafe working conditions for nail salon workers, including exposures to hazardous chemicals. On the heels of the reports, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on May 11 ordered emergency measures in the state “to prevent unlawful practices and unsafe working conditions in the nail salon industry.”

Occupational Exposures to New Drycleaning Solvents

Categories: Chemicals, Environment/Green Jobs

Employee pressing shirts by using two pressing machines.

Employee pressing shirts by using two pressing machines in series.

Drycleaning

There are about 36,000 commercial drycleaning shops in the United States. Most are owner-operated small businesses with fewer than 10 employees. In addition, some drycleaning shops may be owned and staffed by individuals with limited English language skills and/or may be marginally profitable– factors that may create additional barriers for the owner-operator to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.

Powerful New Videos Encourage Those Who Qualify to Seek Care through the World Trade Center Health Program

Categories: Cancer, Chemicals, Construction, Emergency Response/Public Sector, Respiratory Health, World Trade Center Health Program

Glenn, a retired New York City police officer, shares how the World Trade Center Health Program helped him regain his health.

Though the September 11th attacks were over a decade ago, thousands of people who were in the affected areas continue to experience physical and mental health symptoms as a result of their experience in the days, months, and even years following 9/11. They may not recognize that some cancers, a chronic cough, difficulty sleeping, or frequent heartburn that they— or their children— experience could be a 9/11 related health condition.

NIOSH is teaming up with our community partners to spread the word that help is available through the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. Created by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, the WTC Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for responders at the World Trade Center and related sites in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA, and for survivors who were in the New York City disaster area. All care for covered conditions is provided at no out of pocket costs for those who qualify.

1-Bromopropane

Categories: Chemicals

Electrical Parts Degreasing Operation

1-Bromopropane (1-BP), also known as n-propyl bromide (nPB), is an organic solvent used in a number of commercial and industrial applications. 1-BP may be found in products used in vapor and immersion degreasing operations for cleaning metal, plastics, electronic and optical components; in adhesive spray applications; and in dry cleaning operations. 1-BP may also be a component of some aerosol spray products.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) last blogged about 1-BP in December 2008. Since that time, more data have become available concerning 1-BP; these additional data are helpful to employers, workers, safety and health professionals, and any others who are interested in occupational health issues related to 1-BP. Yesterday, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH released a Hazard Alert that is a useful source of current information related to 1-BP workplace exposure and appropriate protections.

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