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Obama’s 2012 budget does not bode well for safe & productive workplaces

In one of the more bizarre yet less publicized proposed cuts in the 2012 Obama budget, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers are on the chopping block.  Bizarre, because the move is directly counter to Obama’s push on innovation and education as drivers of economic growth. The Education and ...

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Alphabet soup hides the secrets of safe nanotech!

After three years of hard work, International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Committee TC229—set up in 2005 to develop nanotechnology-related standards—has finally begun delivering the goods.  And the first documents off of the blocks tackle head-on the challenges of working safely with engineered nanomaterials. September saw the publication of the Technical Specification 27687—“Nanotechnologies—Terminology and definitions for ...