Environmental and Occupational Health

Newest way to study environmental health: wristbands

Silicone accessories go beyond trendy causes
April 1, 2014

For some time now, wristbands in various colors have been worn to show the wearer’s embrace of certain causes, like the fight against cancer or the need to end cruelty to animals. A new wristband could help scientists determine the potential disease risks of exposure to substances like pesticides. The project was reported recently in the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) journal Environmental Science & Technology.


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Welding fumes

March 31, 2014

Synonyms vary depending upon the specific component of the welding fumes. Physical Description: Fumes generated by the process of joining or cutting pieces of metal by heat, pressure, or both. Properties vary depending upon the specific component of the welding fumes.


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AIHA supports NIOSH’s proposed new risk-based carcinogen classification policy

NIOSH would no longer consider technical achievability to control exposures
March 28, 2014

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) expresses its appreciation to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for the opportunity to comment on the NIOSH Draft Current Intelligence Bulletin “Update of NIOSH Carcinogen Classification and Target Risk Level Policy for Chemical Hazards in the Workplace."


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Commitment to go beyond – the 20th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

March 28, 2014

I've spent several days in Dresden, Germany assisting DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance) organize the Symposium on Education and Learning for the XXth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work (to be held August 24-27, Frankfurt, Germany.)


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AIHA recognizes 43 new OEHS professionals as Distinguished Fellows

Honorees will be recognized at the 2014 AIHce in San Antonio
March 26, 2014

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has added 43 new distinguished Fellows, recognized for their significant contributions to the field of industrial hygiene, to its list.  The Fellow classification is limited to no more than five percent of the AIHA membership.


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Health experts to study effect of marijuana on workplace health and safety

Goal: to help workplaces get ready for impact of increasing use
March 25, 2014

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) have announced plans to collaborate in a study of workplace health and safety issues associated with worker impairment from the use of marijuana and other drugs.


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Innovative concrete drill jig reduces silica exposures

Lessens risk of MSD injuries as well
March 25, 2014

A University of California ergonomics team has designed an innovative concrete drill jig that is proving to be highly effective in limiting worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica, as well reducing fatigue and risk of musculoskeletal injuries.


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Welding health hazards – according to OSHA

March 25, 2014

Chemical Agents. Zinc is used in large quantities in the manufacture of brass, galvanized metals, and various other alloys. Inhalation of zinc oxide fumes can occur when welding or cutting on zinc-coated metals. Exposure to these fumes is known to cause metal fume fever.


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AIHA testifies on OSHA’s proposed silica standard

March 24, 2014

In a public hearing last week, the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) expressed support for OSHA’s proposed rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


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Ten ways to prevent eye injuries at work

March 24, 2014

Nearly one million Americans have lost some degree of their sight due to an eye injury. More than 700,000 Americans injure their eyes at work each year. Luckily, 90% of all workplace eye injuries can be avoided by using proper safety eyewear.


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