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Cal-OSHA Updates Engineered Stone Worker Protection Rules
James Nevin, partner at Brayton Purcell LLP, was quoted in the December 13, 2023 Los Angeles Times article - California embraces emergency rules to protect countertop workers from incurable silicosis as stating: The state’s emergency measure is “an important next...
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Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) for General Industry
On December 14, 2023, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved Cal/OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS). This ETS affects employees working in general industry under California Code of Regulation, Title 8, section 5204. It...
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What Are Engineered Stone (Quartz) Countertops?
Engineered stone, also known as quartz or artificial, was invented by Marcello Toncelli in Italy in 1963 as an alternative to natural stone, and Is primarily used for fabricating kitchen and bathroom countertops.   Over the decades, the product became popular...
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Australia Bans Engineered Stone
On December 13, 2023, the government of Australia took the very important step of banning all types of engineered stone, also know as quartz, artificial, or composite.  The ban is effective July 1, 2023, and bans the use, supply, importation,...
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OSHA Control Methods for Engineered Stone Fabrication
Methods of Compliance (29 CFR § 1910.1053(f) and 29 CFR § 1926.1153(d)(3)). o Verify the dust controls and safer work methods employers use to protect workers from silica exposures above the PEL. According to the OSHA and NIOSH Hazard Alert,...
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Webinar on OSHA’s Enforcement Initiative for Engineered Stone Fabrication and Installation Industries
On December 13, 2023, at 6:30 am PST/ 9:30 am EST, OSHA and Georgia Tech will hold a free webinar regarding OSHA’s enforcement initiative for engineered stone workers.  Additional information and the login are available here: Webinar Flyer Enforcement Initiative...
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CAL-OSHA Emergency Engineered Stone Silica Standard
On Thursday, the CAL-OSHA standards vote is set to vote on an emergency standard for engineered stone fabrication.  This is a good first step towards protecting workers, but it does not go far enough.  For Brayton Purcell LLP clients, such...
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Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act and Schools in the US
Asbestos discovery in schools is unfortunately still very common. Many schools in the United States are responsible for exposing students, teachers, and other staff to asbestos through asbestos-covered pipes, tile floors, drywall, and more. The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act...
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Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Shining a Light on a Global Health Challenge
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is a global health challenge that affects millions of people each year, and this month serves as an opportunity to educate, advocate, and support those impacted by this disease. Lung cancer is...
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Thousands of Women Sue Over Health Risks from Chemical Hair Straighteners
Women who used chemical hair straighteners are being diagnosed with uterine cancer. One of those women is Kenya Apping. Apping was diagnosed with uterine cancer and underwent a hysterectomy under the advice of her doctor. She also underwent chemotherapy and...
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