Stockholm Convention Recommends Ban on Endosulfan
The Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic
Pollutants (POPs) endorsed a ban on the production and use of Endosulfan and its isomers during the Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Geneva, Switzerland, in April.
Representatives from 127 governments agreed to add Endosulfan,
an organochlorine insecticide
used on cotton, coffee and tea
crops, to the United Nations’ list
of persistent organic pollutants to
be globally eradicated. The action
requires 173 countries that are
members of the Convention to
ban the production and use of
A global treaty aimed at protecting human health and the environment from long-term exposure to hazardous chemicals, the
Stockholm Convention requires its member countries to take steps
to reduce or eliminate their release of POPs. While Canada is party
to the Convention, the U.S. is not.
Endosulfan is the 22nd chemical to be listed in the Convention.
For more information, visit http://chm.pops.int/.
OSHA Photo Contest Captures Workplace Health and
OSHA is calling on the public to participate in its “Picture It! Safe
Workplaces for Everyone” photo competition. Part of OSHA’s 40th
anniversary celebration, OSHA’s photo contest aims to increase
awareness of workplace health and safety in the U.S.
The competition is open to the general public, amateur and professional photographers, OSHA
contractors and special government employees aged 18 and
older. Federal OSHA, “state plan”
state OSHA employees and on-site consultants are ineligible to
participate. All photos must be
taken in the U.S.
A panel comprising photojournalist and AIHA honorary
member Earl Dotter; Carl Filli-chio, senior communications and public affairs advisor to Secretary Hilda L. Solis; Conde Nast Traveler magazine photo director
Kathleen Klech; U.S. Department of Labor chief photographer
Shawn Moore; and George Tolbert, retired U.S. Senate photographer, will judge the contest. The three winning photos will be displayed in OSHA’s national office in Washington, D.C., and the
first-place winner will receive a framed congratulatory letter from
Secretary Solis. All winning and finalist photographs will be exhibited on OSHA’s photo competition web page at
www.osha.gov/osha40/photo-contest.html. Participants must submit entries online at www.osha.gov/osha40/photo-contest-
submit.html by Friday, Aug. 12.
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