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Bakida Ep. #10 - China mine rescue; OSHA to update HAZCOM

Thanks for joining us last week where we discussed the liquid nitrogen leak that killed 6 at a Georgia meat packing plant and the Executive Order Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate Crisis.


In Episode 10, Kendra and Damien discussed the explosion at the Husan China Gold Mine that trapped workers underground for 2 weeks and OSHA's proposed rule to update the HAZCOM standard.

 

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China Mine Rescue: Explosion at Husan China Gold Mine


22 miners were trapped underground because of an explosion at the Husan China Gold Mine on January 10th, 2021. The cause of the explosion is still unknown and for over a week rescuers tried to make contact with them by lowering a rope into the area where they were trapped. On January 17th, they finally made contact when the miners began tugging on the rope and a written message made it to the rescue team.




rescue teams are communicating with the trapped miners through a small tunnel that has been drilled





Photo credit: BBC.com


The rescue team is planning on drilling a shaft next to the miners, but there are concerns that this activity could potentially flood the area where the miners located. Weather conditions in the area have caused a lot of water to remain around the mine.


Mining activities have historically been a dangerous industry, particularly so in China, which has had a history of mining accidents due to poor regulations. In December of last year and again in September a total of 39 miners died in mine incidents in China involving carbon monoxide leaks. In December 2019, an explosion at a coal mine killed another 14 people.


On Sunday January 24th, the rescue team finally made it to the miners and brought 11 of them to the surface. Unfortunately those were the only miners who were saved from this disaster.





Photo credit: the New York Times

 

US Department of Labor’s OSHA issues proposed rule to update hazard communication standard


WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a proposed rule to update the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

The proposed modifications are intended to increase worker protections, reduce the incidence of chemical-related occupational illnesses and injuries by improving information on labels and SDS for hazardous chemicals. This change will also help to provide consistency with communication standards with other federal agencies and Canada.


Established in 1983, the Hazard Communication Standard provides a standardized approach to workplace hazard communications associated with exposure to hazardous chemicals. OSHA updated the standard in 2012 to align with the third revision of the United Nations’ GHS to provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.


Photo credit: Grainger.com


To be in compliance with the standard, employers must maintain a GHS-style, 16-section SDS for each chemical which is considered to be a health or physical hazard under American law and regulations.


Individuals may submit comments identified by Docket No. OSHA-2019-0001, electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Read the Federal Register notice for details. The deadline for submitting comments is April 19, 2021.


https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/trade/02052021



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This podcast episode was recorded on January 24, 2020.

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