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NIOSH eNews - August, 2015

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NIOSH eNews - August, 2015


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

In This Issue

Monthly Features

From the Director’s Desk

John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH

Keeping Workers Safe Through Anthropometric Research

Safety at work can depend on an effective or comfortable fit between the physical workplace or the tools of work, and the worker. A seatbelt becomes impractical if it can’t be latched securely or comfortably. The safety that firefighters’ gloves provide is compromised if the gloves are too big, hampering dexterity and movement in a hectic and physically risky situation. Whatever the example of fitting today’s workplace to the worker, one thing is certain—anthropometric research can help. Anthropometry is the science of defining human body dimensions and physical characteristics. NIOSH conducts anthropometric research to prevent work-related injuries and deaths by studying how work spaces and equipment fit today’s diverse worker population. This includes the fit of machines, vehicles, and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Lead Exposure from an E-Scrap Recycling Facility Can Transfer to the Home

Recycling of used electronics (E-scrap) is an emerging area of concern as a source of occupational exposures among workers, and as a source of take-home exposures. In evaluating an Ohio e-scrap facility, described in the July 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), NIOSH researchers found that take-home contamination and lead exposure can occur when dust is transferred from the workplace to the home. To read the full report, go tohttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6427a3.htm?s_cid=mm6427a3_e. For more information on occupational exposures at e-scrap facilities go to http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2014/09/30/escrap/.

Tom Waters CDC Scholarship Announced

The CDC Foundation has established the Thomas R. Waters Memorial Scholarship for Ergonomics Research. The fund is in memory of former NIOSH researcher Dr. Waters, who passed away suddenly in October 2014. The fund will provide partial scholarships to graduate students doing research in human factors/ergonomics with an emphasis on occupational safety and health. The fund can accept both corporate and individual donations. http://www.cdcfoundation.org/what/program/waters-scholarship.

New NIOSH Newsletter Available

NIOSH released the first edition of its new newsletter, Research Rounds, in July.Research Rounds is a monthly bulletin of selected research at NIOSH. View or subscribe at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/research-rounds/.

NIOSH Documents Available in Many Languages

NIOSH recently posted a new webpage compiling all of the NIOSH documents in languages other than English and Spanish. This includes Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Indonesian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, and Vietnamese.http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/otherlang.html

New Guidance to Reduce Worker Exposure to Diacetyl

NIOSH has developed guidance to reduce workers’ exposures to diacetyl through engineering controls, best work practices, and techniques for monitoring worker exposures. Although these guidelines emphasize diacetyl, they can be applied to reduce exposures to diacetyl substitutes such as 2,3-pentanedione and other alpha-diketones. To view the guidelines, visit Best Practices: Engineering Controls, Work Practices, and Exposure Monitoring for Occupational Exposures to Diacetyl and 2,3-Pentanedionehttp://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2015-197/pdfs/2015-197.pdf

New Mobile Friendly NIOSH Doc

NIOSH announces its first new digital publication, known as an eDoc, which will present workplace safety and health information in a way that is accessible and easy to use on any mobile device, desktop, or laptop computer. For more information check out the blog on the new mobile-friendly NIOSH eDoc design.http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2015/08/05/edoc?s_cid=3ni7d2enews08052015.

Recognize N95 Day on September 4 - A Day Earlier, But Another Year Wiser

NIOSH is celebrating our fourth annual N95 Day on Friday September 4, 2015. This is a deviation from our normal September 5 schedule … but we didn’t want the pesky weekend to hinder you from accessing this great information. For more information visit www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/N95Day.html

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