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OSHA requests comments, schedules meeting on standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare, social assistance

For Immediate Release
December 6, 2016
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a Request for Information on whether to propose a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance settings. The agency has also scheduled a public meeting on Jan. 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to discuss strategies for reducing incidents of violence in these workplaces.

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OSHA releases updated recommended practices to encourage workplace safety and health programs

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today released a set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs to help employers establish a methodical approach to improving safety and health in their workplaces.

The recommendations update OSHA’s 1989 guidelines to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The recommendations feature a new, easier-to-use format and should be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized businesses. Also new is a section on multi-employer workplaces and a greater emphasis on continuous improvement. Supporting tools and resources are included.

The programs are not prescriptive; they are built around a core set of business processes that can be implemented to suit a particular workplace in any industry. OSHA has seen them successfully implemented in manufacturing, construction, health care, technology, retail, services, higher education, and government.

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SUMCO Donates IH Equipment to GWCC

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SUMCO Phoenix made a donation of their unused industrial hygiene (IH) equipment to help support Gateway Community College’s industrial hygiene program.  Equipment donated included a dozen personal sampling pumps, two calibrators, sampling cyclones and other miscellaneous sampling supplies. SUMCO representatives donated the equipment to Gateway at the November ASSE Technical luncheon as part of ASSE’s support of the Gateway program. SUMCO representative, Mr. Shayne Anderson (EHS Safety Supervisor), was on-hand to present the gift to Craig Urbanski from Gateway. Robyn Steiner, MSPH CIH CSP and Chapter member, who is the Industrial Hygiene Department Manager at ATC Group Services, LLC., brokered the donation on behalf of her client (SUMCO). Thank you SUMCO!!

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