Johnson & Johnson is recalling sunscreens due to low levels of benzene, a carcinogen

Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it is recalling five of its sunscreen products after some samples were found to contain low levels of benzene, a chemical that can cause cancer with repeated exposure. Traces of benzene were detected in dozens of popular sunscreens and after-sun products, according to tests conducted by online pharmacy and lab Valisure.

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OSHA issues long-delayed COVID-19 safety rules for healthcare workplaces

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an emergency temporary standard Thursday that healthcare employers specifically must abide by to better protect workers from the spread of COVID-19.

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Violence and hate against Asian Americans is a health and safety crisis for everyone

On my walks through pre-pandemic Shanghai in late September 2019, around every corner I stumbled upon everyday scenes of older people’s integration into the fabric of the city and community life.

People with full heads of gray hair rode bikes and sat in front of storefronts, chatting with neighbors and eating meals from large metal bowls. An old woman whizzed by in a motorized wheelchair alongside scooters in the street. At Fuxing Park, grandpas tended to grandchildren and older men bounced spinning disks in a game of diabolo.

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Covid Vaccine

Largest COVID Workplace Outbreak Doubles in Size, Despite Safety Measures

The LA area plant that makes the iconic “Dodger Dogs” is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 that continues to multiply exponentially, according to LA County public health records examined by the NBC4 I-Team.

At least 779 workers at the Farmer John meat processing plant in Vernon have been infected with COVID. That’s double the number of cases reported just six weeks ago.

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770 — which represents most of the workers there — says more than half the plant has tested positive for the virus.

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Mental Health

On Edge: How Friendship Can Be A Mental-Health Safety Net

Laurel Carpenter and Melissa Humphrey, two 30-something nurses, moms and best friends in Grand Junction, rely on each other for support with anxiety.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — It started about four years ago when Laurel Carpenter and Melissa Humphrey bought matching parkas and then matching comfort shoes.

Soon enough, the nurses-slash-best friends from Grand Junction found themselves with matching chihuahua-print leggings and matching hoodies with fleece-lined pockets in which they carry their matching chihuahuas.

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Stars Promote Safer Indoor Spaces Through WELL Health-Safety Rating

As the world continues to battle COVID-19 and communities strive to get back to business, it’s more important than ever to raise confidence in the safety of buildings and shared spaces. With that in mind, celebrities including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Michael B. Jordan, Robert DeNiro, Venus Williams, Wolfgang Puck, and Deepak Chopra — along with 17th Surgeon General Richard Carmona — are raising awareness about the importance of the WELL Health-Safety Rating.

The evidence-based third-party designation verifies that a building or space has taken the necessary steps to prioritize the health and safety of its staff, visitors, and other stakeholders. The ambassadors are encouraging people to look for places with the WELL Health-Safety seal on their windows or doors so they can feel more confident in their decision to go inside.

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APEX Launches New Health Safety Standard with a Dozen Airlines

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) in collaboration with aviation strategists SimpliFlying have announced the first 12 carriers to be COVID-19-certified airlines under the group’s new passenger health safety standard.

APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying is a certification process that involves a 58-point checklist covering 10 airline categories, including testing, tracing, on-the-ground procedures, in-flight measures, and even co-branded partnerships. According to APEX, the customer-centric standard is designed to assure airline product safety integrity as more passengers return to the skies.

While the majority of travelers view widespread availability of effective vaccines as the key to a return to the road, health experts are cautioning that current hygiene protocols,  such as frequent disinfection and consistent mask usage, are likely to be necessary for some time to come in order to end the pandemic and increase confidence in air travel.

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2021 Environmental, Health, and Safety Outlook for Manufacturers

This week, we continue with our 2021 outlook series with a focus on environmental, health, and safety. This year brings a new Presidential administration, and with it will come a host of new programs, as well as some new takes on established programs. The following are a few initiatives that could impact manufacturers in 2021.

Focus on Environmental Justice

The Biden/Harris team has made it clear that environmental justice issues will be a priority across a number of platforms. The new administration is expected to focus on the disproportionate environmental impacts felt by low-income communities and communities of color by increasing data collection and communication, remediation, and enforcement. Details are contained in The Biden Plan to Secure Environmental Justice and Equitable Economic Opportunity and include:

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NBA, NBPA Agree To Additional Measures To Supplement Health and Safety Protocols

NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced an agreement on additional measures to supplement the current Health and Safety Protocols governing the 2020-21 season.

In response to the surge of COVID-19 cases across the country and an uptick among NBA teams requiring potential player quarantines, the following measures will take effect immediately:

  • Activities Outside the Team Environment: For at least the next two weeks, players and team staff are required to remain at their residence (when the team is in its home market) at all times except to attend team-related activities at the team facility or arena, exercise outside, or perform essential activities, or as a result of extraordinary circumstances.  Away-from-work interactions are limited to those with household members, family and any personal staff working regularly in the home.  When on the road, players and team staff are prohibited from leaving their hotel (other than for team activities or emergencies) or interacting with non-team guests at the hotel.

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Hospital Celtics Back in Full Force As 4 Players in Health, Safety Protocols

The Boston Celtics may find themselves even thinner than they have been lately, with news that several players will likely miss Friday’s game with the Washington Wizards due to the league’s health and safety protocols, per ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

The ESPN writer shared in a tweet that much of the team’s frontcourt in big men Tristan Thompson, Robert Williams III and Grant Williams will be questionable to the status frequently bestowed on players sitting for contact tracing purposes, as well as reserve guard Carsen Edwards. The situation will leave just center Daniel Theis and two way big man Tacko Fall as the team’s only likely traditional bigs.

They join reserve point guard Jeff Teague (ankle), starting point guard Kemba Walker (knee) and second-year wing Romeo Langford (wrist) as likely scratches for the contest.

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