Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a significant new use rule pertaining to “complex strontium aluminate, rare earth doped” substances commonly used as a dye in glow-in-the-dark paints, glow sticks and other luminescent products.
The new use rule brings to mind photoluminescent isotopes of radium afflicting watch dial painters in the 1920’s. Perhaps history primed us to recognize health effects associated with exposure to strontium aluminate?
Paying attention to history helps avoid repeated mistakes and helps improve on what’s working well. To encourage learning at a community level, UL Workplace Health and Safety produced a timeline chronicling important events in the evolution of workplace health and safety. At a more local level, UL Workplace Health and Safety’s PureSafety incident management functionality helps companies extract learning moments from reported observations and incidents.