From the Director’s Desk
John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH
The WTC Health Program: Expanding Care More Than A Decade After 9/11This month we commemorate the twelfth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Though the attacks occurred over a decade ago, many responders and survivors continue to experience physical and mental health symptoms as a result of their experience. Affected individuals may not recognize that a chronic cough, difficulty sleeping, certain cancers, or frequent heartburn could be a 9/11-related condition. The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program can help.
The WTC Health Program is a unique NIOSH program that provides high-quality medical monitoring and treatment services for 9/11 responders and survivors. Almost 65,000 people are enrolled in the Program and are eligible to receive healthcare at one of seven Clinical Centers of Excellence in New York or through the Nationwide Provider Network. Providers with the WTC Health Program are experts in recognizing and treating physical and mental health conditions caused by the September 11th terrorist attacks.
New Online Course Available to Help Nurses Prevent Workplace Violence
A new free on-line course aims to train nurses on recognizing and preventing workplace violence. NIOSH worked with healthcare stakeholders—nursing and labor organizations, academic groups, other government agencies, and Vida Health Communications, Inc.—to develop the course. The multimedia training incorporates lesson text, videos depicting workplace violence incidents, testimonials from real nurses, and lesson quizzes. Nurses can also receive continuing education credits for completing the online course. The course is available on the NIOSH website at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/violence/training_nurses.html.
Online Emergency Responder Training Now Available
It’s finally here! The Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance online training course is now available. This course provides a recommended health monitoring and surveillance framework, referred to as the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) system, which includes specific recommendations and tools for all phases of a response, including the pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment phases. The training is available through the NIOSH ERHMS page http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/erhms/ or the CDC Training page at http://cdc.train.org/DesktopModules/eLearning/CourseDetails/CourseDetailsForm.aspx?courseId=1045755.
2013 Drive Safely Work Week Toolkit Available for Free Download
October 7–11 is Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW). The theme of the 2013 campaign is “Gear up for safe driving: Mind ·Body ·Vehicle.” DSWW is developed by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), a public-private partnership that promotes road safety on and off the job. The DSWW toolkit provides easy-to-use Web-based resources for employers, including downloadable graphics and activities tailored for each day of the campaign week. Download at no cost via the NETS Web site (www.trafficsafety.org).
NIOSH Announces Upper Limb Musculoskeletal Disorders Web Page
NIOSH has released a new topic page on Upper Limb Musculoskeletal Disorders. The page features peer-reviewed publications that were completed by NIOSH researchers and other members of the MSD Consortium (Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industry, University of California/Berkeley/San Francisco, Washington University/St. Louis, University of Wisconsin, University of Iowa, University of Connecticut, and University of Utah). http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/upperlimb
N95 Day Set for Thursday, 9/5
N95 Day is right around the corner, this Thursday, September 5. This observance is meant to bring recognition to the importance of respiratory protection in the workplace and familiarize users with the educational resources available. In recognition of N95 Day, NIOSH will feature a NIOSH Science Blog on the topic, a video featuring the NIOSH N95 certification laboratory, and lots of Twitter action (follow @NIOSH and @NPPTL). There will also be a webinar focusing on the myths versus the facts of N95 use. Registration for the webinar is now full, but it will be posted on the webpage (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl).
HHE Annual Report Now Available
The Health Hazard Evaluation Program has released its 2012 Annual Report! To view a pdf of this document go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/pdfs/HHE_2012_Annual_Report.pdf. If you would like to request a paper copy, send an email with your name and address to HHERequestHelp@cdc.gov.
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