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Published: August, 2018; Vol 15, Num 3

Health & Safety Headlines

Honeywell Recalls Over 80,000 Hard Hats

Honeywell Safety Products has voluntarily recalled approximately 82,500 hard hats over concerns that they may not adequately protect workers from head injury. Models affected include Fibre Metal E2 Cap and North Peak A79 hard hats manufactured between April 2016 and January 2018. Manufacture dates are located on the underside of the brim. Customers should discontinue use of these hard hats immediately and contact Honeywell to receive a credit. Visit www.honeywellsafety.com and click on “Voluntary Product Recall” for more information.

Canada to Require Warning Label on Opioids

As the U.S. looks for ways to combat the opioid epidemic, Canada will soon require all prescription opioids to come with a warning label. Pharmacists will also be required to share information about potential side-effects, signs of opioid overdose and warnings not to share the medication. This new regulation goes into effect starting in October.

FDA Warns That Oral Sunscreen Doesn’t Work

The Food & Drug Administration has warned several companies for claiming that pills and supplements can protect you from UV radiation, sun damage and skin cancer. “These companies ... are putting people’s health at risk by giving consumers a false sense of security,” says FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. “There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen.”

NIH Launches App on Herbal Supplements

The National Institutes of Health has launched HerbList, an app to help consumers check the safety and effectiveness of over 50 popular herbs and herbal supplements, including ginkgo, turmeric, acai and kava. The app includes information on potential side effects and known drug interactions. The app is available for both iPhone and Android.