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NIOSH eNews - May, 2018

NIOSH eNews - May, 2018


From the Director’s Desk

John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH

NIOSH Congratulates 2018 Science Awards Winners

Each year, on the fourth Thursday of April, NIOSH acknowledges the outstanding contributions NIOSH staff and partners have made to the field of occupational safety and health. The award ceremony is placed purposefully right before Workers’ Memorial Day as both share a mission to remember and honor the safety and health of workers in all that we do.

NIOSH Recognizes Workers’ Memorial Day

NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard has released his annual Workers' Memorial Day statement. Workers' Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28. It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers.

New Fentanyl Resources Available for Workers at Risk of Exposure

NIOSH has posted updates to its Fentanyl resources for workers page:

Join NIOSH on May 16 for the 2nd Installment of Expanding Research Partnership Webinar Series!

The Expanding Research Partnership Webinar series continues the learning and discussions on NIOSH research and partnerships from the Expanding Research Partnerships: State of the Science Conference. The series features intramural and extramural research within the NIOSH Program Portfolio, and takes place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET on May 16 and November 14. Additional information about this webinar and registration information is available here.

Nominations Open for the 2019 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™

Nominations will be accepted for the 2019 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™ until July 15. The award, given by NIOSH in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association, recognizes those who demonstrate, by example, the benefits of developing or following good hearing loss prevention practices. Safe-in-Sound Award™ winning stories are shared and showcased at special award ceremonies and in press releases disseminated to the occupational health and hearing research communities.

Request for Proposal Open for Respirator Study in Healthcare Settings

Request for Proposal (RFP) for a project with NIOSH has been posted on FedBizOpps. The purpose of this project, "Respirator Study: Assessment of Elastomeric Respirators in Healthcare Delivery Settings", is to determine the feasibility and capability of U.S. healthcare delivery organizations to routinely use reusable respirators and/or rapidly convert to their use during a public health emergency. Questions should be directed to Kate Oyler no later than 11:00 a.m. EST on May 7. Offerors wishing to submit a proposal in response to the RFP shall submit their proposals electronically to Kate Oyler no later than 11:00 a.m. EST on May 29.

April Research Rounds Newsletter Available

The April issue of NIOSH Research Rounds is now available. This month includes articles on how falls are a persistent cause of work-related death; how obesity, physical inactivity, or short sleep affect 1 in 5 workers, and how freestanding mast-climbing work platform remains stable during fall arrest, if properly used, and more. NIOSH Research Rounds is a monthly bulletin of selected research conducted by researchers at NIOSH and NIOSH-funded researchers at other institutions.

Oil and Gas Video Now Available in Español

The Spanish version of the NIOSH video Protecting Oil and Gas Workers from Hydrocarbon Exposures is now available. This video describes the hazards associated with manual gauging and fluid sampling on oil and gas production tanks and describes steps that employers and workers can take to do this work safely.

In Memoriam: Lewis (Lew) Wade

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former NIOSH employee and colleague Dr. Lewis (Lew) V. Wade on Sunday, April 22. Lew received his BS degree in Civil Engineering and MS degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College, and his PhD in Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines for 25 years until it disbanded in 1996. In 2000, he became the Associate Director for the NIOSH Office for Mine Safety and Health Research. In 2004 he became the NIOSH Senior Science Advisor where he was instrumental in guiding NIOSH in creating a new program established by the Energy Employees Occupational Illness and Compensation Act of 2000 and its Presidential Advisory Board for Radiation and Worker Health. In 2010 with the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, Lew shifted his Senior Advisor focus to guide, develop and implement NIOSH’s new responsibilities as the administrative body for the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). After his retirement from NIOSH in 2008, he continued to provide his wise counsel to the WTCHP and its staff as a contract employee. His full obituary is available here.


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