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OSHA'S FINAL RULE TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM EXPOSURE TO RESPIRABLE CRYSTALLINE SILICA

Rule requires engineering controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for construction and one for general industry and maritime.


OSHA estimates that the rule will save more than 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year once its effects are fully realized. The Final Rule is projected to provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion annually. (Read More)


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MANGANESE2016 CONFERENCE

Manganese Health Effects on Neurodevelopment and Neurodegenerative Diseases

September 25-28, 2016

New York City


The Second International Conference on the neurotoxicity and prevention of adverse manganese health effects was held September 25-28, 2016, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. This was the 28th meeting in the International Neurotoxicology Conference series.


The overall objective of this conference is to bring together experts from academia, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, industry, and labor organizations from around the world. The conference yielded international state-of-the-science discussions of what is known, identified information gaps, and helped define future directions for research to advance our fundamental knowledge of the causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, related new technologies, treatment and prevention of Manganese (Mn)-induced or exacerbated diseases and disorders in children, adults, and the elderly. (Read More)


The NYNJERC is supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health through Grant # T42 OH 008422


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