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NIOSH eNews - July, 2016

NIOSH eNews - July, 2016


In This Issue

Volume 14 Number 3 July 2016

From the Director’s Desk

John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH

NIOSH Alaska Field Station Celebrates 25 Years!

This year NIOSH celebrates the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the NIOSH Alaska Field Station (AFS). From its inception, the mission of AFS was to combat the urgent problem of work-related fatalities in Alaska. AFS served as a “catalyst for change” by providing a scientific assessment of occupational safety hazards, such as identifying the state's highest risk industries, the workers most at risk of fatality, and the highest priority problems.

HistoryNIOSH established the AFS August 15, 1991, at the invitation of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Alaska Area Native Health Service of the Indian Health Service. During 1980–1989, Alaska had the highest work-related fatality rate of any state in the nation, with a rate of 34.8 deaths per 100,000 workers per year compared to the average U.S. rate of 7 deaths per 100,000 workers per year.

The 2016 Sammies People’s Choice Award Polls are Open!

Dr. Hongwei Hsiao, NIOSH Division of Safety Research Branch Chief, is a finalist for the Samael J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) for his research and design of a new generation of personal protective equipment and industrial apparatus that improves worker safety. While the category winners are chosen by an official selection committee, everyone can vote for their top picks. People’s Choice voting is open now and will close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 9, 2016. Cast your vote for Dr. Hsiao now!

NIOSH Research on Pro Football and Suicide Risk

A recent NIOSH study, Suicide Mortality Among Retired National Football League Players, looks at the impact of professional contact football on former National Football League players and their risk of suicide. Though much research exists connecting head injuries incurred from football to greater risk for brain-related injuries, this new research is one of the most extensive studies to date on the relationship of player position and suicide rates. More information on the study is available on the NIOSH Science Blog.

National Occupational Mortality Surveillance System Updates

The NIOSH National Occupational Mortality Surveillance (NOMS) System recently updated its Proportionate Mortality Ratio (PMR) Query System and PMR Charts with data from 2008, 2009, and 2010. The recent NOMS dataset (1999, 2003–2004, 2007–2010) includes death certificate data from 25 states and approximately 3.7 million industry- and occupation-coded records. The NOMS System has been a federal-state collaboration for over 30 years.

Get the Third Issue of Behind the Wheel at Work eNewsletter!

The NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety recently released the third issue ofBehind the Wheel at Work, a quarterly eNewsletter covering work-related motor vehicle safety topics. This issue features information on the Center’s relaunched website, the difference between fatigued and drowsy driving, why using a seat belt is good for business, how truck drivers’ sleep patterns are linked to driving performance, and other road safety topics.

NIOSH Communication Product Spotlight

  • New ePub On Heat Stress Now Available
    NIOSH is pleased to announce the availability of its first ePub. This new format is based on the OSHA/NIOSH Infosheet: Protecting Workers From Heat Illness. The epub allows for the document to be downloaded for use on e-readers and mobile devices.
  • New Factsheet Series Highlights NIOSH ProgramsNIOSH has published a series of factsheets called Program Performance One-Pagers designed to provide a snapshot of each of its programs. The factsheets describe the relevance and impact of NIOSH programs in a short and easy to understand format. Each one includes the program’s priorities, major activities, accomplishments, and future plans.

2017 Work, Stress, and Health Conference: Call for Papers!

NIOSH and partners invite submissions to the Work, Stress, and Health 2017 international conference. The Call for Proposals is now available for the conference, which will take place June 7–10, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Proposal submissions for papers, posters, symposia, and interactive panels are due October 31. For conference updates and upcoming information about registration and hotel accommodations, visit the conference website or the Work, Stress, and Health Conference Facebook page. The conference is co-convened by NIOSH, the American Psychological Association Public Interest Directorate, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.

NIOSH Participates in ABC News Health’s Weekly Twitter Chats

In June, NIOSH participated in two twitter chats with ABS News Chief Health/Medical Editor, Dr. Richard Besser. The first chat was on sun safety and the second on opioid epidemic in America. For both, NIOSH shared information about its research and recommendations related to the chat topic. Follow @NIOSH or@abcDrBchat for future twitter chats or search Twitter #abcDrBchat for chat history.

Upcoming Workshop: Integrating Federal Processes for Respiratory Protective Devices Used in Healthcare

The National Academies will host a public workshop August 1, in Washington DC, focusing on current processes and next steps toward the integration of federal processes for respiratory protective devices (RPDs) for use in healthcare settings. NIOSH and the Food and Drug Administration have responsibilities for evaluating and regulating RPDs for healthcare workers. This workshop will explore the strengths and limitations of several current test methods as well as identify ongoing research and research needs. This workshop will also provide the opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas between professionals, policy makers, and manufacturers of personal protective equipment with expertise in N95 RPDs intended for use in healthcare settings. You can register online to attend in person or via WebEx.

NIOSH Cincinnati Participates in National Safety Stand Down

In May, NIOSH Cincinnati participated in the National Safety Stand Down(featured in April eNews) with the NIOSH Cincinnati facilities maintenance and operations contractor. The activity focused on preventing falls, with messages tailored to situations that are most likely to occur at the NIOSH Cincinnati campuses. Special attention was given to ladder safety. This included a specialized safety talk/presentation that reinforced the importance of preventing falls. NIOSH’s first mobile application, the Ladder Safety App, was highlighted as part of this discussion.

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