In This Issue
Volume 15 Number 12 April 2018
From the Director’s Desk
John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH
Join Us in Celebrating Five Years of Stand-Downs in the Workplace to Prevent Falls in ConstructionSpring season brings us an opportunity for renewal, rejuvenation, and change. This spring, employers and workers across the nation are once again committing to the revitalization of their construction worksites by participating in the fifth National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, May 7-11. If you are a construction contractor, employer, small or large business owner, site supervisor, foreman, health and safety professional, worker, or intermediary group, I invite you to join what has become an increasingly successful effort to prevent falls in construction.
CDC Grand Rounds: Promoting Hearing Health Across the Lifespan
A new MMWR reports on NIOSH efforts to promote best practices for hearing loss prevention for all persons whether on the job or off the job. The article states that increasing awareness and reducing needless exposures to loud noise can help the public take appropriate steps to protect their hearing. Three strategies for hearing loss prevention include (1) turn it down, (2) walk away and (3) protect your ears.
New MMWR Available On Dental Personnel Treated for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis at a Virginia Tertiary Care Center
A new MMWR reports on NIOSH research findings and highlights the need for more information about exposures that occur during dental practice and if those exposures are related to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
MMWR Summarizes NIOSH HHE on Occupational Hazards Associated with Harvesting and Processing Cannabis
A new MMWR summarizes a 2015 NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation that evaluate potential health and safety hazards associated with harvesting and processing cannabis at an outdoor farm. This HHE found that employees had exposures to highly repetitive work, most notably during hand trimming activities, which increase their risk for musculoskeletal disorders. NIOSH will continue to monitor and provide recommendations on the occupational hazards associated with the harvesting and processing of cannabis plants.
NIOSH Releases New Nanotechnology Workplace Design Recommendations
NIOSH recently launched four new products intended to provide options to companies for controlling possible exposure of their workers to nanomaterials on the job. The documents provide helpful recommendations on minimizing exposures during common processes and tasks, including the following:
NEW Fatigued Driving Prevention Tips for Oil & Gas Employers and Workers
Motor vehicle crashes cause over 40% of work-related deaths in the oil and gas extraction industry. Driver fatigue is a factor in some of these crashes. Download NIOSH employer and worker fact sheets that identify factors linked to fatigued driving and provide recommendations for keeping oil and gas workers safe on the road.
NEW Infographic—Keep Officers Safe on the Road
Motor vehicle-related incidents are a leading cause of on-the-job deaths for law enforcement officers in the U.S. This new infographic, co-branded with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, recommends ways that officers can prevent crashes and injuries.
OSHA and NIOSH Provide New Information on Chemically Induced Hearing Loss
NIOSH and OSHA recently published a Safety and Health Information Bulletin, Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Chemical (Ototoxicity) and Noise Exposurewarning of a potentially serious workplace hazard. The Bulletin provides recommendations to employers and safety professionals about identifying ototoxicants in the workplace and establishing hearing conservation programs in workplaces where these chemicals cannot be replaced. Visit NIOSH’s Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention topic pages to learn more about hearing loss prevention programs and their effectiveness.
Sign Up for Safe + Sound Campaign Updates
NIOSH is one of the cosponsors of the Safe + Sound Campaign. The Campaign encourages every workplace in the U.S. to have a safety and health program, a proactive approach to identifying and managing workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness. Throughout the year, the Campaign will provide access to free live webinars, educational content, and local events that can help support the adoption of these programs. These opportunities will all lead up to Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event taking place August 13-19. Businesses around the country host events or activities that can help initiate or energize a safety and health program. Sign up to receive regular updates about new resources, upcoming events, and announcements or visit Safe + Sound to start planning your event.
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