In This Issue
From the Director’s Desk
John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH
NIOSH Releases Updated Strategic PlanIn February, NIOSH released its updated Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2019–2023. This new plan covers the breadth of the research and service work at NIOSH and is organized into the following seven strategic goals, representing the health and safety issues facing the U.S. workforce.
Early Registration Ending Soon for 2018 Total Worker Health Symposium
Early registration for the 2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health® closes on March 31. The symposium will be held at Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, DC, on May 8–11. Explore selected presentations in the At-a-Glance Symposium Agenda now available on the symposium website. Don’t miss your chance to join researchers and practitioners from around the world, discussing the latest science and practice around Total Worker Health approaches.
National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS) Abstract & Session Submission Extension
The deadline for abstract and session submissions for the 7th National Occupational Injury Research Symposium has been extended to March 16. NOIRS will be held in Morgantown, West Virginia, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place on October 16–18.
NIOSH and NHCA Present 2018 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™
On February 16, NIOSH, in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), presented the 2018 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™ to the U.S. Army’s Tactical Communications and Protective System (TCAPS). The award honors those who have contributed to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus through effective practices or innovations directed to those who are exposed to noise at work. Nominations for the next Safe-in-Sound awards will be accepted until July 15.
Join Us for the 18th Annual Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Conference
Be a hero at your facility and champion safe patient handling and mobility. Attend the 2018 Annual Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Conference. Complete agenda and list of speakers are available here. The conference is co-sponsored by NIOSH.
New NIOSH Studies Examine Hearing Loss Prevalence in Workers
- This study found that the prevalence of hearing loss among noise-exposed workers in the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting (AFFH) sector is 15%. However, when researchers examined industries within the sector, they found as many as 36%—or 1 in 3 noise-exposed workers—have hearing loss. This is the first study to estimate prevalence and risk for hearing loss for subsectors within the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting industry sector. The study was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Learn more.
- This study breaks down the prevalence of hearing loss experienced by workers in the Health Care and Social Assistance (HSA) sector. The overall prevalence of hearing loss among noise-exposed workers was found to be 19%, while some subsectors within the HSA had up to 31% prevalence of hearing loss. The study was published recently in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Learn more.
New Study Examines Nonfatal Injuries among Law Enforcement Officers
An estimated 669,100 law enforcement officers were treated in emergency departments across the nation for nonfatal injuries between 2003 and 2014, according to a new NIOSH study. The study, which is the first to examine nonfatal injuries among officers on a national scale, was published online this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Learn more.
American Journal of Public Health features Work as a Social Determinant of Health
The March issue of the American Journal of Public Health has a special section on work. Its main article, a collaboration between NIOSH and a researcher from Indiana University, points out the absence of occupation in public health research, including research on health disparities. The authors clarify some of the confusion and ambiguities about work as a social determinant of health and illustrate the possibilities and benefits of integrating work into the general public health inquiry.
Upcoming Webinars on Total Worker Health and the 2018 Construction Safety Stand-Down
- The NIOSH Total Worker Health® program will host a free webinar “Numbers to Know How: Linking Research to Healthier Workplace Practices” on March 21, 1:00–2:30 p.m. EST. In this webinar, an expert panel of speakers will discuss challenges facing today’s workplaces and the role of health survey data to inform Total Worker Health interventions. Featured speakers will discuss data and results from the Workplace Health in America Survey, the National Health Interview Survey, and the National Occupational Mortality Surveillance System. The webinar will highlight the link between work and health and the importance of Total Worker Health interventions to protect and promote worker safety, health, and well-being. Free continuing education credits for this activity are pending. Learn more or register for the webinar here.
- NIOSH and partners will host a free webinar “The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction: Getting Ready for the 2018 Safety Stand-Down” on March 21 at 2:00 p.m. EST. This hour-long webinar will bring together leaders from all three organizations to showcase the past successes of the campaign and its major event, the National Safety Stand-Down, as well as to highlight plans for 2018. This year’s Stand-Down is scheduled for May 7–11. Learn more or register for the webinar here.
Use NIOSH Animated GIFs to Promote Road Safety
The NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety now features all of its road safety animated images—or GIFs—in a single location. Visit our animated images webpage to download motor vehicle GIFs related to seat belt safety, fatigued and distracted driving, and young and older drivers, among other topics.
Love Safety & Health?
Join the Safe + Sound Campaign, organized by OSHA, NIOSH, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, The Center for Construction Research and Training, the National Safety Council, and the Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association. Businesses of all sizes can access free activities, materials, graphics, templates, webinars, and other resources to promote the importance of safety and health programs in the workplace.
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