Chemical Hazard News Highlights – Week Ending June 12, 2015

Welcome to MSDSonline’s news roundup, featuring EHS stories from the past week that you might have missed.

Last week we saw the interest in the New York Times’ exposé on the chemical hazards faced by nail salon works — that originally ran back in May — continue to grow. In addition to the special task force created by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio in response to the article, Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced a bipartisan bill in congress to expand government oversight of cosmetics with potential chemical hazards. OSHA said it had identified at least twelve chemicals that can cause serious health problems for salon workers, including cancers, lung and kidney failure, birth defects, and miscarriages.

Other significant stories included several large OSHA fines related to chemical hazard violations, a water restriction in Pennsylvania after a fertilizer plant fire, chemical hazards posed during Texas flood cleanup, a HazMat scare in Arizona, and an investigative journalism piece from Idaho related to the transportation of hazardous chemicals by rail.