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CDC - NIOSH eNews - April 2014

CDC - NIOSH eNews - April 2014


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The Monthly Newsletter of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

From the Director’s Desk

John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH

NIOSH Disaster Science Research Initiative to Enhance Responder Safety and Health

The traditional occupational safety and health programs of the twentieth century were designed, by and large, to prevent work-related injury, illness, and death in workplaces where hazards usually were recognizable and predictable. In the twenty-first century, scientists and decision-makers have had to develop additional skills and strategies to address another type of hazard: the risks that emergency responders face in the line of duty from unpredictable, uncontrolled conditions encountered in large-scale disasters.

Lessons learned to date from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, anthrax mail contamination, Hurricane Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon response and cleanup, and other emergencies have informed new strategies for protecting responders. Through the emerging practice of disaster science, researchers seek to continue this progress and to engage increasingly complex challenges.

New Video Tells Story of How Personal Flotation Devices Save Lives

NIOSH’s Alaska Pacific Office has released a new safety video highlighting the use of personal flotation devices as a critical tool in preventing deaths from rapid capsizing and man overboard events in commercial fishing. The video recounts the story of a salmon fishing crew who survived over 2 hours in the cold waters of Bristol Bay, Alaska, after their boat capsized in heavy seas. They attribute their survival to PFDs they wear as standard work gear. See the video at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/video/2014-115/.

NIOSH and NHCA Present 2014 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention AwardsTM

The recipient of the 2014 Safe-in-Sound Award for Excellence is Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Electronic Systems Sector, from Linthicum, Maryland. An innovation award was also given to Benjamin Kanters for the Hear Tomorrow workshop at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. The awards were presented at the 39th Annual National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Hearing Conservation Conference on March 14, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award recipient presentations can be seen athttp://www.safeinsound.us/winners.html. Nominations for the next awards will be accepted until September 12. For further information please visitwww.safeinsound.us. References to companies or products do not constitute a commercial endorsement by NIOSH.

Check Out New NIOSH Homepage

NIOSH proudly introduces the launch of the new streamlined NIOSH homepage! Check out the new animated feature banner and simplified page design at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/. For the back story on the new design development, visit the NIOSH Science Blog at http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2014/03/28/webpage.

Recent Epidemiological Studies of Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders

In the early 2000s, NIOSH funded 10 field-based studies to investigate the exposure-response relationship between job physical risk factors and work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Findings from these studies have been compiled and published in 2014 in a special issue in the journal Human Factors. The studies show a strong link between job physical exposures and MSDs. These publications are listed on the NIOSH MSD Topic Page athttp://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ergonomics/. For more information contact Steve Hudock at sxh5@cdc.gov or Jack Lu at uzl5@cdc.gov.

Acting U.S. Surgeon General, NIOSH Alumnus, Visits Cincinnati

Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, the acting U.S. Surgeon General, addressed colleagues and audiences in Cincinnati on March 26 – 27 at NIOSH and the University of Cincinnati. Lushniak is a former NIOSH health officer who was named Deputy U.S. Surgeon General in 2010 and acting U.S. Surgeon General in 2013. More information from press coverage can be found athttp://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati

NIOSH to Serve as Editor of WHO e-GOHNET Newsletter; March 2014 Issue Now Available

NIOSH will now be assisting our occupational health colleagues at the World Health Organization (WHO) with their electronic Global Occupational Health Network Newsletter (e-GOHNET) and will serve in an editorial capacity. Additionally, WHO has asked NIOSH to assist them in reaching out to the WHO Collaborating Centers by sharing this recently enhanced e-GOHNET Newsletter. The March 2014 issue of the Newsletter and information about subscribing to the electronic GOHNET can be found at http://www.who.int/occupational_health/publications/newsletter/en/. In addition to reading the Newsletter, subscribers are also able to contribute articles. With this change, NIOSH will no longer be publishing the Collaborating Centres Connection newsletter. We agree that the WHO newsletter is a valuable resource and encourage you to subscribe to e-GOHNET.

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