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NIOSH Research Rounds - July, 2017

NIOSH Research Rounds - July, 2017


In This Issue

Volume 3, Number 1 (July 2017)

Inside NIOSH:
Rapid Progression of Black Lung Disease Highlights Need for Regular Screening

Many coal miners who initially had a normal imaging test developed the most severe form of coal-dust—related lung disease within 21 years, and some within 10 years, according to a recent NIOSH study published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. These findings highlight the importance of regular chest imaging, or radiography, and lung function tests for all coal miners.

Outside NIOSH:
What is Total Worker Health®?

Total Worker Health® (TWH) is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. TWH explores opportunities to not only protect workers, but also advance their health and well-being by targeting the conditions of work. TWH approaches recognize that job-related factors such as wages, hours of work, workload and stress levels, interactions with coworkers, and access to leave and healthful workplaces all can have an important impact on the well-being of workers, their families, and their communities.

Total Worker Health® Toolkit Developed

If your workplace follows the guidelines for Total Worker Health® (TWH) approaches, you may find that you enjoy going to work. You may also find that you have time for family and social commitments, as well as enough sleep and exercise. But, while we may recognize and enjoy the effects of TWH interventions, how does a workplace start a program?

Lifting Equipment Linked to Fewer Injuries among Nursing Home Workers

Injuries among nursing home workers significantly decreased after the start of a safety program that included mechanical lifting equipment and training on how to use it, according to a NIOSH-funded study at the University of Massachusetts Lowell published in the journal Safety Science.

Computer Simulation Links More Job Control, Lower Job Demands to Decreased Stress

A computer simulation of system dynamics modeling showed that greater job control and lower job demands had the greatest impact on perceived stress among nursing home aides, NIOSH-funded investigators report in the journal BMC Health Services Research. System dynamics modeling is a method for researching complex relationships.

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