By Karen D'Souza | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: October 16, 2018 at 7:02 am | UPDATED: October 16, 2018 at 7:03 am Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say. Never has that phrase seemed truer than when considering the matter of “non-toxic” nail polish brands. Responding to rising awareness that nail polish often contains potentially hazardous chemicals such as dibutyl phthalate, a plasticizer linked to potential reproductive and developmental problems, toluene, a nervous system and developmental disruptor, and formaldehyde, a carcinogen, many nail polish brands have begun to label themselves as “three-free,” “10-free” or even “13-free” meaning that they are free of toxins. That would be appear to be good news for mavens of mani-pedis. However, a recent study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology suggests the world of painted nails may still be a free-for-all … [Read more...] about Is ‘non-toxic’ nail polish actually hazardous to your health?
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LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a bill that advocates say will benefit manicurists and salon workers by requiring professional cosmetics manufacturers to label the ingredients used in their products. Under federal law, retail cosmetic manufacturers are required to disclose all ingredients in their products, while those marketed to and used by salon professionals are not subject to the same regulation. The new California law requires professional cosmetics sold on or after July 1, 2020, in the state to disclose ingredients in the same way as consumer cosmetics under federal law. Advocates are touting the law as the first of its kind in the nation. “This is a huge win for salon professionals, workers and owners who deserve to have as much information as possible about the products they use every day and that they apply to customers,” said Catherine Porter, policy director of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, an … [Read more...] about California to require professional cosmetics to list ingredients in bid for worker health
When President Donald Trump came into office pledging to cut regulations “massively,” he made a point of exempting regulations that protected workers’ health. But almost two years in, the Trump administration has done the opposite, rolling back worker safety protections affecting underground mine safety inspections, offshore oil rigs and line speeds in meat processing plants, among others.Story Continued Below Trump's deregulatory moves on worker safety are at odds with his public stance as a champion of working class Americans, but consistent with his naming two management-side attorneys bent on rolling back economic protections for workers to the National Labor Relations Board, which regulates labor unions, and with his nominations of two reliably pro-management jurists to a now-Republican-majority Supreme Court that recently dealt a heavy financial blow to public-employee unions. One of those Supreme Court nominees, Brett Kavanaugh, will on Tuesday begin Senate … [Read more...] about Trump rolls back worker safety rules
Wildfire smoke has severely reduced air quality across the Panhandle and south to the Clearwater drainages, as well as in southwest and southern Idaho. The Air Quality Index (AQI) for these areas has already reached levels for “Unhealthy,” “Very Unhealthy,” and “Hazardous” categories, and will continue to vary during the next few days. Residents should monitor the air quality when planning outdoor activities. “Staying indoors is the best way to reduce exposure to smoke,” said Colby Adams, environmental health director for the Department of Health and Welfare. “If you have to be outside, remember that surgical masks, bandanas, and dust masks do not reduce the amount of smoke you breathe. For a respirator to provide protection against small particles in smoke, it must be certified by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) and fit with a tight seal around the mouth and nose. Respirators that provide protection … [Read more...] about Public health officials advise Idahoans to limit time outside as air quality worsens
National Professional Officer (Environmental Health – WASH) – (1802856) Grade: NO-B Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment Contract duration: Two yearsJob Posting : Aug 8, 2018, 1:22:23 PM Closing Date: Aug 29, 2018, 4:59:00 AM Primary Location: Nepal-Kathmandu Organization: SE_NEP WR Office, Nepal Schedule: Full-time OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMMEThe objective of the WHO Nepal Country Office is to implement the Country Cooperation Strategy by supporting the Nepal Government in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national health policies, strategies and plans and developing and managing WHO’s technical cooperation programmes at the country level. WHO provides guidance and technical support in organizing the humanitarian health response and in revitalizing the capacity of the health sector to rebuild and recover from emergencies in appropriate and sustainable ways. The Country Office collaborates with the Government of Nepal … [Read more...] about National Professional Officer (Environmental Health-WASH)- WHO Nepal