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NIOSH eNews - January, 2018

NIOSH eNews - January, 2018


From the Director’s Desk

John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH

Working in the Cold

Depending on where you reside and work this season, Old Man Winter might be knocking on your door, bringing you snow, ice, and chilling temperatures. For those in warmer areas of the country, it may be difficult to imagine some winter weather extremes. For instance, according to the NOAA National Climate Extremes Committee, the existing record for lowest temperature in the United States was -80°F (-62.2°C) in Prospect Creek, Alaska, in 1971. Luckily, most workers will not encounter conditions quite so extreme.

NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Program Annual Report Released

The FY2016 NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Program Annual Report is now available. The document provides information on how NIOSH invested in its multidisciplinary centers, investigator-initiated research projects, and cooperative research agreements. It also reports on NIOSH training project grants, state surveillance programs, small business innovation research, and global health initiatives. Additionally, it describes extramural program contributions to the second decade of NORA (2006–2016). For the latest information on NIOSH-funded extramural activities, visit the NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Programs webpage.

New Compendium Highlights Development of Clinical Decision Support to Enhance Worker Health

A new compilation of articles published in the November issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, describes a NIOSH-led effort to develop and evaluate clinical decision support tools for electronic health records designed to assist primary care clinicians’ with care of their working patients. This is the first effort to systematically develop and assess the practicality and usefulness of providing clinical decision support linked to work through health information systems in the primary care setting. Learn more.

Safe + Sound Week 2018 Coming In August!

The second annual Safe + Sound Week will be held August 13–19. The event is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs. These programs can help employers and workers identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving a company’s financial bottom line. Throughout this week, organizations are encouraged to host events and activities that showcase the core elements of an effective safety and health program, including management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing workplace hazards. For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit the Safe + Sound Week webpage. NIOSH is one of the many cosponsors of this event.

New RAND Report Assesses NIOSH Work

RAND recently published a set of three case studies assessing the impact of NIOSH research and services on worker health and safety practices and outcomes, including initial estimates of the economic benefit associated with those impacts. The report also provides an analytical framework that may be used for similar case studies in the future.

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