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NIOSH eNews - August, 2016

NIOSH eNews - August, 2016


In This Issue

From the Director’s Desk

John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH

Innovating a NIOSH Classic

Since its first printing in 1978, the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards continues to be the most popular NIOSH document. This year, a new product—theNIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards Mobile Web Application—transforms the guide into an interactive mobile app, making its chemical data more accessible than ever and easier for the user to customize for a wide variety of tasks. The mobile app version answers a growing demand from NIOSH stakeholders to provide a NIOSH-sanctioned mobile product that accurately presents the Pocket Guide information. In May 2016, NIOSH introduced the mobile app version of the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland.

The mobile Pocket Guide is customizable and easy to use. A few finger taps on a screen yields data on 677 chemicals and potential hazards. Users can tailor the guide to suit their individual needs and preferences. The “Preferences” function allows users to customize the app to show only the data fields pertinent to the work being performed. The “Favorites” function gives easy access to the most-needed chemicals, allowing users to mark them as “favorites.”

Be A Part of Buy Quiet

NIOSH is soliciting proposals for entities and organizations to host and maintain the Buy Quiet Web Tool and the Database of Noise Levels for Machinery and Power Tools through a non-exclusive license. Details about this opportunity can be found in the Federal Register or in NIOSH’s media advisory. Eligible organizations should contact Bryan Beamer by August 25.

Easy Access to NIOSH Engineering Control Solutions

NIOSH’s new Engineering Controls Database contains descriptions of controls, effectiveness summaries, and schematics of engineering control technology evaluated by NIOSH during laboratory and field investigations. Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was established in 1970, NIOSH has been developing valuable information, best practices, and guidance on engineering controls addressing a variety of workplace hazards. If you have any questions or need additional information, send an email to

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Remembers Thomas Waters

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society dedicates a special issue of Human Factors volume 58 to Thomas R. Waters, long-time NIOSH employee and posthumous recipient of the 2016 James P. Keogh Award for Outstanding Service in Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Waters is credited with developing and validating the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation (RNLE), the most commonly used ergonomic assessment tool in the world. Legislators in Spain, Italy, and Germany have all referenced the RNLE to create their own manual lifting guidelines. Three articles in this special issue explore modifications to the RNLE and two articles review Dr. Waters’ impact on safe patient handling research. Dr. Waters published a total of 27 articles on the RNLE and 27 articles on safe patient handling. You can read Dr. Waters’ publications on PubMed Central.

NIOSH July Research Rounds Available

Read the July issue of the NIOSH Research Rounds monthly electronic bulletin. Articles this month discuss research on reducing silica dust exposure for workers, primarily in construction, sandblasting, and mining; vibrations from hand-held riveting tools used by aircraft workers; and obstructed breathing issues in certain jobs.

RAND Releases Report on OSH Systematic Review

A new RAND report commissioned by NIOSH, Systematic Reviews for Occupational Safety and Health Questions—Resources for Evidence Synthesis, is now available. Evolving scientific standards and public policy increasingly require clear documentation and transparent approaches when using scientific evidence to develop guidance or recommendations. The RAND report provides practical guidance and resources for researchers interested in conducting systematic reviews. Essential steps such as (1) defining a policy question, (2) creating a protocol, (3) conducting a literature search, (4) documenting and assessing studies, (5) evaluating evidence, and (6) drawing conclusions are described in detail.

Mark Your Calendar! September 6 is N95 Day

NIOSH once again takes the lead of N95 day activities on September 6. Watch our website for information on N95 Day. Several states have already provided proclamations. A webinar is being planned, and an entire webpage devoted to respiratory protection resources will be unveiled. Don’t miss this year’s activities.

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!

Follow NIOSH On Instagram!

Go to @NIOSHUSA to follow NIOSH on Instagram! Here you will find photos, memes, infographics and various other updates on NIOSH communication products and occupational safety and health research.

NIOSH Cincinnati Summer Interns 2016

It’s summertime in Cincinnati, which means the interns are here! Each summer Cincinnati NIOSH supports interns from an alphabet soup of programs and from universities all over the U.S. The interns work on research projects throughout the divisions, gaining valuable research experience and knowledge of occupational safety and health, while contributing meaningful work on NIOSH projects. The infusion of new ideas and enthusiasm are welcome additions to the Cincinnati summer. This summer, interns are participating in projects at NIOSH as part of the NIOSH Collegiate Leaders in Occupational Safety and Health (CLOSH), Project Imhotep, Public Health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success (PLLUSS), Pathways, and University of Cincinnati Co-op program, among others.

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