August 25, 2023

FEMA hosts National Preparedness Month, EPA request feedback on chemical determination and more

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

September is National Preparedness Month

FEMA sponsors National Preparedness Month each September to encourage individuals and businesses to prepare for emergencies and disasters. This year’s campaign focuses on preparing older adults for disasters and emergencies. The campaign’s website page offers several resources to learn and spread awareness.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA requests feedback on revision for 1,4-dioxane determination

The EPA is seeking public comments on its revised determination that the chemical 1,4-dioxane presents unreasonable health risks. 1,4-Dioxane is commonly used in manufacturing and consumer products. Comments must be received by Sept. 8, 2023.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA announces Beat the Heat Contest winners

OSHA announced its Beat the Heat Contest winners, which included several organizations across multiple categories, including most innovative, most creative and highlighting indoor heat hazards. The national competition encouraged businesses to share how they keep their employees safe from heat exposure in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Tools and resources from winning businesses are provided on the campaign’s website page to share best practices for protecting employees.

Studies, resources, trends, news

Emerging technologies in ergonomics

An article from the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) examines how emerging technologies are changing how safety professionals handle ergonomics. Technologies discussed include exoskeletons, wearable sensors, computer vision, virtual reality and advanced data analytics. The article provides tips for evaluating each emerging technology.

OH&S webinar about rooftop safety

Occupational Health & Safety magazine is hosting a free webinar next week to discuss innovative ways to protect employees working on rooftops. The session will examine the benefits of fall protection solutions, risk assessments and common hazard areas. The webinar is scheduled for August 30.