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NIOSH Research Rounds - May, 2017

NIOSH Research Rounds - May, 2017


In This Issue

Volume 2, Number 11 (May 2017)

Inside NIOSH:
Research Suggests Link Between Work-related Styrene Exposure and Lung Disease

With more plastic-based products on the market than ever before, concern about the work-related risks of the chemicals used to make them is increasing. One of these chemicals is styrene, a compound used extensively in plastic and rubber for cars, food packaging, boats, and many other products.

NIOSH and Partner Laboratories Evaluate Fit-test Systems

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! It is also an opportunity to remember to choose earplugs that fit to protect your hearing at work. A good fit, however, depends upon more than just ear anatomy; it also depends upon the proper training in earplug use.  Furthermore, the length and intensity of noise exposure also affects earplug selection. To help workers choose the best earplug fit for their workplaces, several hearing protector fit-test systems are available. These systems measure how well particular hearing protectors work for individuals.

Outside NIOSH:
Better Tests Could Help Prevent Food Poisoning

If you have ever experienced food poisoning, you know how serious it can be. In fact, food poisoning can even be deadly, causing thousands of deaths each year. In the United States, one of the leading causes of multistate outbreaks is bacterial contamination, often from water used to irrigate crops, especially lettuce and other leafy greens.

Study Looks at Possible Health Risks in Fire Stations

When firefighters respond to a fire, their gear and other personal protective equipment protect them from exposure to dangerous chemicals. What protects them between calls, however, when they simply are sleeping or eating in the fire station? On the surface, the fire station seems like a safe environment, but it may contain hidden risks, according to a new NIOSH-funded study at Harvard with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Boston Fire Department, and Boston Firefighters Union Local 718.

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