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NIOSH eNews - July, 2017

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In This Issue

From the Director’s Desk

John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH

Celebrating 50 Years of Respiratory Research at NIOSH

This month I'm pleased to share with you that 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of occupational respiratory disease research at the NIOSH facility in Morgantown. In 1967 the Appalachian Laboratory for Occupational Respiratory Disease (ALFORD) was established within the U.S. Public Health Service, and in 1971 it became part of NIOSH. In 1977 ALFORD was renamed the Division of Respiratory Disease Studies (DRDS), which is now the Respiratory Health Division (RHD).

CDC Releases 2018 Yellow Book

CDC Health Information for International Travel (commonly called the Yellow Book) is now available. For the first time, the Yellow Book includes a section on work-related travel. This is an important document for healthcare providers who work at travel clinics where people may be getting vaccinations, as well as for occupational health doctors.

Survey Finds Private Dental Practices Lacking OSHA Exposure-Control Plans for Bloodborne Pathogens

Findings from a web-based survey conducted by NIOSH and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention showed that over a quarter of private dental practices that participated in the survey did not have a written site-specific plan for controlling exposure to bloodborne pathogens. This study is one of the first to examine extent of awareness of and compliance with OSHA's bloodborne pathogens standard in private dental practices, particularly with respect to having an exposure control plan. This information supports the need for increased continuing education and training on methods to prevent occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens in dental settings. Learn more.

NIOSH Study Looks at Use of Nasal Scavenging Masks on Dental Patients to Control Nitrous Oxide

According to a new article from NIOSH, scavenging systems that prevent nitrous oxide gas from escaping into the dental operatory are widely used. However, adherence to other recommended precautions during dental procedures is lacking. The findings from this survey will help NIOSH, its partners, employers, and healthcare workers better understand current health and safety practices for working with hazardous chemical agents and identify gaps in knowledge about those practices. NIOSH, in collaboration with partners, plans to design further research for addressing those gaps. Learn more.

Save the Date for the Upcoming 2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®

The 2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health® returns to the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from May 8 to 11, 2018. This is the only NIOSH-sponsored conference dedicated solely to advancing Total Worker Health research and practice. Esteemed presenters from nonprofit, government, private, and academic institutions will share their perspectives and research findings on Total Worker Health, as well as practical applications. More information and abstract submission details are forthcoming.

NIOSH and Taiwan OSH Leadership Hold Meeting

NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard and NIOSH Deputy Director RADM Margaret Kitt recently met with Taiwan labor officials in Washington, DC. At the June 5 meeting with Dr. Lin-Hui Chung, Deputy Chairperson of Taiwan's Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor (ILOSH), and Jason Huang, labor attaché of the Taiwan Embassy to the United States, the group discussed research topics and explored potential collaboration between NIOSH and ILOSH.

New FACE Program Information Available

A new flyer from NIOSH provides information on the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program and state FACE programs. This flyer contains information about the programs as well as materials available to keep workers safe on the job.

Division of Safety Research Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The NIOSH Division of Safety Research (DSR) celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. DSR serves as the focal point for the nation's research program for preventing traumatic occupational injuries, such as from motor vehicle crashes, falls, workplace violence, machinery-related events, confined-space incidents, and electrocutions. DSR staff and alumni joined to celebrate the event and their many meaningful contributions to worker safety and research over the years.

Updates on Talking Safety

Having limited fluency in the language makes young, non-English-speaking workers a particularly vulnerable group. To serve Spanish-speaking youth, an edition of Youth@Work—Talking Safety, the NIOSH young worker curriculum, has been translated into Spanish. The Spanish translation of the Florida edition is now available. Spanish translations of the California, Oklahoma, and Texas editions will be coming soon.

Grand Rounds Presentation on Hearing Health

On June 20, William Murphy of the NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Team spoke at CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds entitled "It's Loud Out There: Hearing Health Across the Lifespan." His presentation, "Hearing Health Among Adults," aired live and was recorded. The presentation and corresponding interview in "Beyond the Data" are available at on the Public Health Grand Rounds website.

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