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Nuclear Risks at Bed, Bath & Beyond Show Dangers of Scrap

Nuclear Risks at Bed, Bath & Beyond Show Dangers of Scrap | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

The discovery of radioactive tissue boxes at Bed, Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY) stores in January raised alarms among nuclear security officials and company executives over the growing global threat of contaminated scrap metal.

 

Chronic exposure to low doses of radiation can lead to cataracts, cancer and birth defects, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A 2005 study of more than 6,000 Taiwanese who lived in apartments built with radioactive reinforcing steel from 1983 to 2005 showed a statistically significant increase in leukemia and breast cancer.

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Practices that don’t report accidents break the law - News - Practice Business

Practices that don’t report accidents break the law - News - Practice Business | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Only 40% of major occupational accidents are reported each year, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, even though informing the Health & Safety Executive about such incidents is a legal requirement.

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Exclusive: South Africa gold firms to face silicosis class action

Exclusive: South Africa gold firms to face silicosis class action | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

A South African lawyer said on Tuesday he was preparing a class action lawsuit against leading gold mining firms on behalf of thousands of former miners who say they contracted silicosis, a debilitating lung disease, through negligent health and safety.

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Asbestos brake pad ban proposed - Canada - CBC News

Asbestos brake pad ban proposed - Canada - CBC News | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
Ontario is poised to ban asbestos brake pads that release deadly fibres that can be inhaled by auto mechanics during repairs.
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Don't overlook Mike Daisey's bigger point about Apple

Don't overlook Mike Daisey's bigger point about Apple | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Labor abuse in China is hardly confined to Apple's supplier, Foxconn. It is widespread. In some ways, the working conditions in foreign-invested factories such as Foxconn is better than that of domestic factories. Compared with workers in large foreign-invested factories, workers in domestic factories often encounter delayed payment of wages, lack of safety measures and no health care. In an incident in 2003, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao helped a migrant worker reclaim her overdue wage from her employer. To date, unpaid and delayed wages remain one of the most serious problems for migrant workers.
Outside of factories, workers such as miners or construction laborers fare even worse since they forgo written employment contracts and face substandard working conditions. In the event of injuries or wages withheld, they cannot even file for legal protections.

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Safety in the dock

Safety in the dock | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Dock work has been declared low risk. Preventive Health and Safety Executive inspections have been stopped. The docks regulations are up for the chop. Hazards editor Rory O’Neill asks if the docks are so safe, how come the death rate last year was several times the national average?

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Stop Lynas

Stop Lynas | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

The Australian Stop Lynas! campaign started in response to the thousands of Malaysians uniting together to say no to Australian rare earth miner, Lynas Corporation. The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) - a rare earth processing plant being set up in Kuantan, Malaysia, will potentially impose tonnes of toxic waste on their lives and livelihoods. Sign the petition

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How a disease from ancient Rome made its way into your sandblasted jeans

How a disease from ancient Rome made its way into your sandblasted jeans | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
Sandblasting jeans is a common way to give blue jeans a "distressed" look, with worn spots and artfully frayed holes. But the process of sandblasting is coming under fire due to its connection with silicosis, an incurable lung disease.
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Quebec trying to reopen asbestos mine Bill Mann's Canada

The former head office of the asbestos company in Thetford Mines is now headquarters of Oleotek, a thriving green chemistry institute. Thetford Mines has adapted its economic model to changing times. Asbestos’ Jeffrey Mine should do the same.

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Report: Proview sends open letter to iPad vendors in China

Report: Proview sends open letter to iPad vendors in China | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Proview — the Chinese electronics maker suing Apple over the rights to the iPad name — has added another twist to the story. According to the Associated Press, the company sent a letter to Apple’s iPad vendors in China saying it will take action against vendors and dealers who participate in the “infringing activity” of selling Apple’s tablet.

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Indonesia says mine rules not just aimed at Freeport

A new Indonesian regulation that changes the rules on foreign ownership of mines applies to all foreign companies and is not aimed specifically at the largest of those, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc

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Thousands protest in Malaysia over rare earths plant

Thousands rallied Sunday in Malaysia in the biggest protest yet against an Australian miner's rare earths plant, as the opposition vowed to shut down the facility if it came to power.

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It is time for Quebec to stop investing in asbestos

It is time for Quebec to stop investing in asbestos | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

There has been much discussion in the media lately regarding the status of asbestos in Quebec. The province is at a historic juncture: for the first time in 130 years, it no longer produces this mineral resource. This break in production is an opportunity to put an end to the use of a recognized carcinogen. There is no safe application of asbestos, which has already claimed too many lives

 

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Oil and Gas Mean Misery and Forced Labor—Not Jobs—in Developing Countries

Oil and Gas Mean Misery and Forced Labor—Not Jobs—in Developing Countries | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

As debate around the Keystone Pipeline, offshore drilling, fracking and other manifestations of the oil and gas industry in North America include promises of a plethora of well-paying jobs, on Friday internationally-focused lawyers and professors at a conference at the University of Colorado offered a sobering counterpoint about the socioeconomic effects of oil and gas extraction in developing countries.

Tufts University associate professor Darren Kew described how oil has helped Nigeria become one of the wealthiest, fastest-growing and increasingly wired countries in Africa, but nonetheless has meant rampant corruption, violence and a lack of job opportunities other than paramilitarism for young men right in the richest oil-producing region.

California attorney Anne Richardson described how the Burmese military government systematically forced villagers to work without pay building a gas pipeline and infrastructure for the company Unocal, in what the government described as "voluntary labor."

And City University of New York (CUNY), Queens professor of environmental law and policy Judith Kimerling described how Texaco’s oil exploitation in the Ecuadorian Amazon has forever changed life for local native tribes, who simply wanted to remain "uncontacted" but instead have suffered severe health consequences likely linked to extreme contamination and have been displaced and forced to integrate with mainstream society.

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Gov't requires new labels for hazardous chemicals - BusinessWeek

The Obama administration announced long-awaited regulations Tuesday to improve labels on hazardous chemicals and make them conform with international guidelines developed by the United Nations. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimated that such labels could prevent more than 40 deaths and about 500 workplace injuries and illnesses from exposure to hazardous chemicals each year.

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Chinese workers link sickness to n-hexane and Apple iPhone screens

Chinese workers link sickness to n-hexane and Apple iPhone screens | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

The chemical's potential risks are well-known in industry, as are safe exposure limits. But the Wintek manager who decided to switch from alcohol to n-hexane for cleaning – apparently because it dried more quickly – did not assess the dangers. It was used without proper ventilation.

The change was obvious; workers disliked the pungent smell of n-hexane. But they had no idea it might affect their health. "We hadn't even heard of occupational illnesses before," said Wintek worker Xiao Ling.

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Environmentalists concerned over electronic waste in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the highest e-waste generating countries in the world. It produces 2.7 million metric tons of e-waste. The ship-dismantling industry alone produces 90 percent of the wastes, according to a study by ESDO presented at the capital, Dhaka, on Monday. An estimated 700 ships reach their final destination in Bangladesh, where they come to be dismantled and salvaged. Wastes from the electronics inside the vessels are produced at the shipyards on Bangladesh’s southern coast.

 

The ship scrap carries huge volumes of toxic products, as well as electric and electronic wastes, which include neon lamps and light bulbs, light switches, hundreds of miles of electrical wires and tons of cables, in addition to kitchen and laundry appliances, television monitors and computers. The tradeoff and trans-boundary movement does not address the critical environmental, social and economic impacts on an impoverished nation of 150 million, about the size of the state of Texas.

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Indonesia to return 'contaminated' scrap metal to UK

Indonesia to return 'contaminated' scrap metal to UK | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Indonesia has asked the UK to take back 1,800 tonnes of suspected contaminated waste, the Environment Agency has revealed.

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U.S. policy must move toward carcinogen-free workplaces — Environmental Health News

U.S. policy must move toward carcinogen-free workplaces — Environmental Health News | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

John Anderson, a refinery electrician from New Jersey who worked with asbestos, addressed the President's Cancer Panel about the need to strengthen cancer protection for workers.

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India cancer ruling opens door for cheaper drugs

India cancer ruling opens door for cheaper drugs | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

India's move to strip German drugmaker Bayer of its exclusive rights to a cancer drug has set a precedent that could extend to other treatments, including modern HIV/AIDS drugs, in a major blow to global pharmaceutical firms, experts say.

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iPad Workers: Plant Inspected Hours Before Blast

iPad Workers: Plant Inspected Hours Before Blast | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
In the past couple of months, computer giant Apple has come under criticism for working conditions in Chinese factories that help build iPads. Last week, NPR met with 25 workers injured in an explosion at an Apple supplier in Shanghai.
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Philippine mining review sets off fierce debate

Philippine mining review sets off fierce debate | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

[Philippines] A Philippine government bid to take a greater share of mining revenues amid the global commodities boom has set off a storm of debate, with industry mounting an intense campaign to knock it down.

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Are you sitting down? Cancer fears may alter the sedentary job - Finance & Commerce

Are you sitting down? Cancer fears may alter the sedentary job - Finance & Commerce | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Despite a wave of evidence that too much sitting on the job triggers life-shortening illnesses, most companies and safety regulators are in no hurry to change employees’ sedentary working conditions.

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China says some foreign firms exploit workers

China says some foreign firms exploit workers | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Some foreign companies in China exploit their workers by forcing them to do overtime or underpaying them, the labor minister said on Wednesday, as controversy swirls over working conditions at a plant that makes Apple Inc's iPhones and iPads

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In China, Apple faces its Nike moment?

In China, Apple faces its Nike moment? | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

As Apple Inc, the world's most valuable listed company, braces itself for a report into alleged poor working conditions among its army of low-cost suppliers in China, it could heed the lessons from another big-brand retailer that faced similar issues two decades ago.

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