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Healthy cleaning & asthma-safer schools

Some cleaning products can cause asthma or make it worse, create other health problems, and pollute the air in California’s schools. New guidelines by the Cleaning for Asthma-Safe Schools (CLASS) project provide step-by-step guidance on how school districts can change cleaning procedures, resulting in safer school environments--often at a cost savings. A corresponding video introduces the guide, and features a school custodian whose asthma was directly affected by his job. Custodians and administrators across California describe their successes using the guide. Both the guide and video are available on a new web page that includes customizable tools for school districts.

Healthy cleaning & asthma-safer schools guide and video – new web page

For more information on OHB work in this area, see Tracking Work-Related Asthma


Preventing palm tree trimmer fatalities

Tree trimming and pruning is dangerous work, and palm trees have unique risks. Inadequate or improper climbing techniques and equipment can cause fatal suffocation, falls, and electrocution. A new digital story (short video) from the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program explains the events that led to a palm tree trimmer being suffocated by palm fronds. Photographs from the FACE fatality investigation, and news clips, are supplemented with scenes recreated by tree trimmers. The videos (English and Spanish) highlight best practice climbing and trimming techniques.

Preventing palm tree trimmer fatalities  – video in English

Prevención de fatalidades de podadores de palmeras – video in Spanish

Additional palm tree safety materials – new web page

FACE program digital stories – updated web page


CA Safe Cosmetics Program launches searchable cosmetic product database

The California Safe Cosmetics Program (CSCP) collects data from cosmetic companies on products that contain a chemical ingredient known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. Website visitors can now search the CSCP database for specific products, brand names, or chemical ingredients. The new website also has useful information for workers and consumers who use cosmetics about how exposure to chemicals can affect health.

CSCP searchable product database

For more information on our work in this area, visit CA Safe Cosmetics Program


 

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