NIOSH eNews - December, 2013Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 12/03/2013 12:52 PM EST
Volume 11 Number 8 December 2013
From the Director’s Desk
John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH
Women in ScienceIn our ever changing workforce, NIOSH is proud to join national efforts to address the disproportionately small representation of women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). As important as it is to recruit more women into STEM careers, discussions must be held as to how to boost retention of women in these fields. This month I am pleased to announce the release of the Women in Science video series, spotlighting just a few of the many talented female researchers at NIOSH. Drawing from their diverse backgrounds, the women share their journeys to science and offer encouragement to aspiring scientists.
As part of its mission, NIOSH develops and supports the next generation of occupational safety and health professionals. NIOSH funds programs to support occupational safety and health research and education through 18 regional university-based Education and Research Centers; 10 Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention Centers; and 28 Training Project Grants that train occupational health professionals and researchers to help meet the increasing demand for occupational physicians, occupational nurses, industrial hygienists, and safety professionals.
NIOSH Study Associates Mistreatment at Work with Missed Work Days
A recent NIOSH study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajim.22273/full) showed that more than 7.6% of working Americans reported that they were mistreated at their workplace in 2010, and this mistreatment was associated with a 42% increase in the number of missed work days, controlling for covariates. At the national level, workplace mistreatment was associated with $4.1 billion, or 5.5%, of sickness absenteeism costs in 2010. These results demonstrated the importance of developing prevention strategies for workplace mistreatment in the United States. While the issue of workplace bullying/mistreatment has been studied extensively in Europe, it has not received much attention in the United States, partly because of insufficient empirical evidence on its magnitude and associated costs.
Join Us For A Stress-free Chat
On Monday, December 9, experts from NIOSH and Federal Occupational Health (FOH) will host a Twitter chat on stress to explore the topic and offer stress management and prevention strategies. During the #stresslesschat, we'll discuss what stress is, what workplace factors can lead to stress, how work stress can impact our lives, and what we can do to manage and prevent this stress. We hope you will join us from 1:00–2:00 pm EST! #stresslesschat
New NIOSH Publication Discusses Controlling Worker Exposures to NanomaterialsThe number of commercial applications of nanomaterials is growing at a tremendous rate. It is essential that producers and users of nanomaterials ensure a safe and healthy work environment for employees who may be exposed to these materials. NIOSH’s new document entitled Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2014-102/) discusses approaches and strategies to protect workers from potentially harmful exposures during nanomaterial manufacturing, use, and handling processes. More information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/nanotech.
Total Worker Health™ NewsThe November 2013 newsletter from the NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Program is now available. Get updates from the program as well as a “Total Worker Health™ Exclusive” on emerging efforts to measure Total Worker Health. http://www.cdc.gov/NIOSH/TWH/newsletter/TWHnewsV3N1.html
New Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance System Training Available
The Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) System: Leadership Training (IS-930) is now available online. This course introduces the ERHMS system to leaders in organizations responsible for planning and executing an incident response that optimizes the health and safety of response, remediation, recovery, and volunteer workers. The intended audience is decision makers at the local, regional, state, tribal, and federal levels who are responsible for decisions affecting the occupational safety and health of responders. Participants can receive 0.1 continuing education credits for completing the course. Access the course at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/erhms/.
Twitter Buzzes With Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention Information
- On November 19, Dr. Rick Davis, co-team leader of the NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Team, participated in a Twitter chat on noise-induced hearing loss. The chat was hosted by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health. The link with the archive for the chat is available at http://storify.com/NIDCD/nidcdchat-on-noise-induced-hearing-loss.
- On November 20, NIOSH researchers Chuck Kardous and Thais Morata participated in a PBS NewsHour Twitter chat on tinnitus from the accounts @NIOSHNoise, @NIOSHFiringRanges, @SafeinSoundUS, and @NIOSHManufacturing. The Twitter chat was a follow-up of their coverage on tinnitus (Americans afflicted with 'phantom noise' seek relief from ringing in their ears). View the chat history by going to Twitter and searching on #newshourchats.
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