Archive for January, 2016

California Landfill Wins OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs Star Status

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

The certification by Cal/OSHA and federal OSHA followed a three-year safety project at the Clean Harbors facility.

Clean Harbors, a Norwell, Mass.-based operator of more than 50 waste management facilities in North America and others located in Bulgaria, China, Sweden, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Kingdom, announced that its Buttonwillow, Calif. landfill has achieved OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs Star status. The certification followed a three-year safety project by Clean Harbors that was directed by a committee of employees at the 320-acre facility.

The company said VPP, Cal/OSHA, and Clean Harbors representatives conducted inspections and made additional recommendations during the project. “VPP certification is a rigorous process that was driven by our volunteer employee committee. All of our employees, as well as our contractors, were committed and participated in the process,” said Clean Harbors Buttonwillow General Manager Marianna Buoni. “The certification process was a natural extension to our traditional focus on health and safety in all of our operations. The VPP designation testifies to our safety culture and our commitment to provide a healthy work environment, now and in the future.”

The Buttonwillow Class One landfill accepts hazardous waste, including federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) waste and materials that fall under California hazardous waste regulations.

H1N1 Respiratory Protection: Surgical Masks vs. N95 Respirators

Friday, January 1st, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued updated guidelines for infection control procedures for the H1N1 influenza virus.

Included in these updated guidelines were recommendations that employees having direct exposure to H1N1 patients use respirators at least as protective as NIOSH N95 filtering facepiece respirators. In healthcare settings, however, questions can arise about whether a surgical mask or an N95 respirator should be used. Knowing the differences between a surgical mask and an N95 respirator can help answer those questions.

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