Harvey victims face long-term health dangers

Hurricane Harvey has caused at least 40 deaths, a count that may spike now that floodwaters are receding. In addition to the major immediate stresses on human health ranging from injuries and drowning to exposure to contaminated water, there are many long-term mental and physical health impacts that threaten flood-affected areas. Fox News

Heat illness spiking along with Oregon temps

Oregon’s hot weather resulted more than 30 heat-related workers’ compensation claims in August. State officials say Oregon workers have already exceeded the total number of workers’ comp claims recorded in the last two Augusts combined. Hot weather is expected to continue through early September. Jefferson Public Radio

Pennsylvania rare-metals plant a ‘shining example’ of safety

Global Advanced Metals, near Boyertown, Pennsylvania, a plant that uses electron-beam furnaces and chemical processes to produce tantalum and niobium, was one of five companies out of 65 nominated last year to earn a Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence. Its safety director says government safety inspectors are partners, not opponents. Lehigh Valley Business

Boston-area service tech treated for electric shock

A 45-year-old service technician suffered an electric shock while working on a machine Friday morning at a custom packaging manufacturing plant in Georgetown, north of Boston, and was taken to a nearby hospital, according to fire officials. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Boston Globe

Fed-OSHA investigating ammonia leak at Texas grocery warehouse

Six people were transported to local hospitals following an ammonia leak at a Tyler, Texas grocery distribution center Friday morning. Fed-OSHA has confirmed that it is investigating the incident at the refrigerated warehouse. KLTV [with video]

Complying with silica dust rules

What does an employer need to do to be in compliance with Fed-OSHA’s new silica dust standard? Rental Management