Environmental and Occupational Health

Report says government ignored health risks to Ground Zero cleanup workers

NYCOSH calls for major changes in disaster response
April 21, 2014

Contending that government inaction contributed to the health problems of those who responded to the collapse of the World Trade Center, an advocacy group is calling for substantial changes in the way the government handles disasters.


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Occupations with high obesity prevalence in Washington State

A NIOSH Science Blog post
April 18, 2014

If work and the workplace contribute to poor health behaviors, should employers attempt to improve those behaviors? It likely is in the employer’s best interest to do so.


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Safety advocates prepare for Workers' Memorial Day, April 28

April 18, 2014

The annual commemoration of those killed on the job is fast approaching, and a variety of organizations are getting ready to hold solemn events on April 28. While Workers’ Memorial Day is observed around the globe, this will be its 25th anniversary in the United States.


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Health study of Gulf oil spill cleanup workers enters new phase

Research continues four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
April 17, 2014

National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers who are conducting the largest study ever on the potential health effects of an oil spill have a big concern: that participants may not continue participating in the project because it is so long-term.


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Court upholds EPA’s limits on pollution limits for power plants

April 17, 2014

A legal challenge to the EPA’s rule limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants was shot down yesterday by the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


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ACGIH® releases the 2014 supplement to the documentation of the threshold limit values and biological exposure indices, 7th edition

April 17, 2014

The 2014 Supplement to the Documentation of the Threshold Limit Values and Biological Exposure Indices, 7th Edition is now available. The Supplement contains Documentation for the substances that were on the Notice of Intended Changes for 2013, with their corresponding values and notations, that have been approved and adopted as Threshold Limit Values (TLVs®) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs®).


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So How Accurate Are These Smartphone Sound Measurement Apps?

A NIOSH Science Blog post
April 11, 2014

The purpose of this NIOSH Science Blog is to explain what is currently known about an important aspect of respirator filtration.  For decades, respirator researchers have been asked whether filters need to be tested with aerosols similar to those encountered in the environment


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National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) announces 2014 Executive Council

April 8, 2014

The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has announced the members of its 2014 Executive Council. “The new NHCA Executive Council represents the diversity of our membership and reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the practice of hearing loss prevention,” said NHCA incoming President Beth Cooper.


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Back pain a problem around the world

Study finds men most affected
April 8, 2014

A study from the University of Sydney finds that lower back pain (LBP) is a significant cause of work-related disability. It affected 26 percent of the global population in 2010, and varied considerably with age, gender and region.


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Want to know how much your fellow safety pros earn?

New database search tool makes it possible
April 8, 2014

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has launched Safety Salary Source, a new reporting tool that allows users to view survey data on safety, health and environmental (SH&E) practitioners' salaries in new detail.


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